It is with great pride that the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association is able to honor Ms. Mary Tabay as Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo's Grand Marshal for 2010.
Born in Beaver Pennsylvania, Mary made the trek to Denver in 1986 when she accepted a transfer for her work. Mary came to Denver via Los Angeles while working in the airline industry. In 1988, Mary caught the rodeo bug, and joined CGRA.
When competing on the rodeo circuit, Mary competed in nearly all the rodeo events, even being the "drag queen" during the Wild Drag Race. An avid horseperson, Mary competed in all speed events with her horse April. Mary is the recipient of two Pole Bending Buckles and has also been awarded the Danny Bahr Memorial buckle for her outstanding sportsmanship shown to other contestants in horse events. Mary has since retired from competition, but she can still be found at many of the IGRA and CGRA events doing her part, either helping a contestant or working on the arena crew.
In addition to her accomplishments in the arena, Mary was also very instrumental with monumental changes within the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association. Mary served as the Northern Chapter Representative for CGRA in 1998 and 1999 when CGRA had three distinct chapters. In the year 2000, CGRA merged all three chapters into one state-wide organization. At the helm was Mary, serving as the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association President in the year 2000 during this historic transition.
Residing in Thornton, Colorado, with her partner of ten years Kathy, and her horse April, Mary is still an active member of CGRA and IGRA.
Hat's off to Mary and on behalf of the membership of the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association, we say thank you for your commitment to our organization!