London Gorham and Her “Homeboy” Lead Pro Barrel Racers to Women’s Rodeo World Championship Semifinals

The 14-year-old from Cotulla, Texas, continues to prove she can hang with the Pro pool after besting the field at the WRWC in Fort Worth, Texas.

Photographs by Bull Stock Media, Courtesy WCRA

The 14-year-old from Cotulla, Texas, continues to prove she can hang with the Pro pool after besting the field at the WRWC in Fort Worth, Texas.

Some barrel racers can find the long, blind alleyway in Cowtown Coliseum intimidating, but London Gorham sent it in Fort Worth, Texas, to top the first round of the Women’s Rodeo World Championship. Gorham’s 13.579-second run aboard her 5-year-old gelding Runnin With Wings (JL Dash Ta Heaven x Nicki Nick Bar x Colonel Azucar), aka “Homeboy,” was worth $2,230, and a guaranteed spot in the semifinals on Tuesday, May 17.

“He was slightly hyper in the back, so I just let him breeze and run from there. He really made me work for the second but was very honest for the rest of the run,” Gorham said.

Homeboy didn’t finish out his week in the WCRA Major in Corpus Christi, Texas, on a high note. With just days before the WRWC, Gorham recalled some advice from a trusted advisor.

Gorham Rides WCRA Wave in Corpus

“I wanted to make a good, confident run on him,” Gorham said. “My trainer, James Barnes, always tells me smooth is fast, so that is always my plan.”

The 14-year-old has been balancing WCRA events for the last week and will be attending the Texas Junior High School Rodeo Association State Finals this upcoming weekend. The pressure and fast-paced atmosphere of the various events seems to be wearing well on the Cotulla, Texas, native.

London will lead the cowgirls into the semifinals round, and the top four from the semifinals will advance into the Showdown round on Wednesday night. Be sure to get your tickets at to get in on the action.

WRWC Qualifying Round

Top 12 Advancing to Semifinal Round

  1. London Gorham, 13.579-second run, worth $2,230
  2. Rainey Skelton, 13.774-second run, worth $1,920
  3. Sadie Wolaver, 13.833-second run, worth $1,520
  4. Jordan Driver, 13.898-second run, worth $1,120
  5. Ari-Anna Flynn, 13.940-second run, worth $720
  6. Sherri Barnes, 13.951-second run, worth $400
  7. Laura Mote, 13.985-second run
  8. Hailey Kinsel, 13.988-second run
  9. Tiffany Lujan, 13.991-second run
  10. Randi Holliday, 14.086-second run
  11. Stephanie Fryar, 14.109-second run
  12. Acey Pinkerton, 14.193-second run

For full results, check WRWC.Rodeo

About Casey Allen

A former intern for the company, Casey Allen is now a Jr. Western Digital Content Producer for Barrel Racing Magazine, The Breakaway Roping Journal, and The Team Roping Journal. Casey grew up in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin, where she competed in college rodeo while obtaining her bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in sports business and served as a graduate assistant coach while completing her master’s degree in business administration. Casey currently competes in both PRCA/WPRA and amateur rodeos in the barrel racing and breakaway roping and is the host of The Breakaway Breakdown Podcast.