Marybeth Beam has been there since the beginning. She has competed throughout every World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) segment, becoming one of the top money earners– and she is only 19 years old. Growing up as a third-generation rancher, Beam’s roping experience stretches far beyond her years.
Beam has grown up roping calves and riding alongside her family, a practice that seems natural for the cowgirl who has spent her life helping her family on their cow/calf operation in the small East Texas town of Poetry.
From the young age of 5, Beam began climbing the youth ranks, eventually qualifying for her first Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC) at the age of 16. Just barely old enough to drive herself to the richest women’s rodeo in history.
This event became a catalyst for the roper’s career. Since 2020, Beam has qualified for the WRWC, as well as many WCRA and WCRA Division Youth events. With years of high-caliber experience under her belt, Beam reflected on the impact these events have made on her young career.
“Entering my first WRWC at 16 as a challenger was really great for me. Being able to compete on such a large stage, get my name out there, and compete against the best prepared me to rodeo professionally” said Beam.
While Beam was wrapping up her senior year of high school, she also embarked on her professional rodeo journey. As Beam concluded her Women’s Professional Rodeo Association rookie year, she reflected on this new chapter of her career. Beam explained the WCRA has grown her confidence, increased her monetary opportunities, and provided her with the first-class treatment of athletes.
“Competing at events like WCRA majors and the WRWC prepared me to rodeo professionally because I learned how to handle my nerves and adjust my roping to compete as an average and shoot-out roper,” explained Beam.
This professional rodeo experience also allowed Beam to nominate large rodeos and secure her spot in WCRA major events, like Rodeo Carolina. This past October Beam concluded Rodeo Carolina as the reserve champion breakaway roper, taking home nearly $6,000, boosting her WCRA career earnings to just over $33,000.