It is with great pride that the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association is able to honor Larry Lindstrom as Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo's Grand Marshal for 2011.
Larry has been around animals all his life. He grew up on a large wheat farm in central Kansas with all the critters: cows, horses, pigs, chickens, geese, ducks, and rabbits. At an early age, his nemesis was Rusty the rooster, whom he had to cover with a galvanized bucket before he could gather the dally eggs.
During high school, larry was President of his 4-H club and also a camp counselor his junior and senior years. The highlight of his summers was winning trophies for the best pen of broilers AND winning the annual chocolate cake contest at the local county fair. After high school he attended Kansas State University and graduated in 1982 with a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management.
Larry attended his first gay rodeo in Denver in 1984. He joined CGRA in 1986 after attending the rodeo in Dallas and has been active for nearly 25 years. He won his first buckle in Steer Decorating in Oklahoma City in 1988. He was elected to the CGRA board as Secretary from 1988-1990 and then became their 5th President and presided for 3 years from 1991-1993.
In 1987, Larry designed and wrote the computer program that audits each rodeo on the IGRA circuit. Even after hundreds of modifications, the program is still being used today! In 1996, he registered domain names for both CGRA and IGRA and maintilined their Web sites for several years.
Larry was Rodeo Director for Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo in 1993 and 1994 and Rodeo Director for the IGRA Finals Rodeo held in Denver in 1994 and 1995. He finished the decade as Rodeo Director in 1998 and 1999 at Coal Creek Rodeo Park in Aurora. After that, CGRA moved to their current home at Jefferson County Fairgrounds and Larry has been the Rodeo Secretary each year.
In 2004, Larry was on the planning committee when the IGRA Annual Convention was held in Denver, He was elected to the position of IGRA Secretary at that convention and is currently in his seventh year in that position. He also is a certified auditor, secretary, and scorekeeper on the IGRA circuit.
Larry lives north of Denver on 2½ acres with his life partner John, three horses, and three cats.
Hats off to larry and on behalf of the membership of the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association, we say thank you for your commitment to our organization!