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IGRA Hall of Fame

First posted Jul 26, 2011
Last update Nov 19, 2013
The IGRA Hall of Fame honors individuals who have provided for the development and growth of gay rodeo, or who have accrued an outstanding record or achieved a prominent position in the sport.
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2010 2011 2012 2013

  • John Beck
  • Al Bell
  • Candy Bell
  • Roger Bergmann
  • Chuck Browning
  • Linn Copeland
  • Erin Eaton
  • Linda Frazier
  • Bryn Geerdes
  • Mitch Gill
  • Brian Helander
  • David Hill
  • Wayne Jakino
  • Bobbie St. Jeor
  • Ron Jesser
  • John King
  • Lee Kittleson
  • Charley Lanier
  • Michael Lentz
  • Sandy Miller
  • Sharon (Casey) Norman
  • Greg Olson
  • Bob Pimentel
  • Candy Pratt
  • Phil Ragsdale
  • Patrick Terry
  • Jeannine Tuttle
  • 2013 Inductees

    Linda Frazier

    Linda Frazier

    Linda's initial exposure to gay rodeo was a fundraiser behind the old R & R Brass Rail bar in Wichita. Linda had never seen clogging before and she thought it was something she really wanted to do. Linda's first performance outside of Wichita was three months after joining the Kansas Rockin' "R" Cloggers, at the first Great Plains Regional Rodeo in Oklahoma City in August 1986.

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    Jeannine Tuttle

    Jeannine Tuttle

    At age seven, Jeannine's family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where her love of horses began...riding her aunt's horse and her neighbor's horses every chance she got. When she was 13, Jeannine talked her Grandfather into buying her, her first horse. He was a 14 month old Quarter-Pony. Jeannine broke and trained him herself and then started competing in play days and 4-H rodeos.

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    Mitch Gill

    Mitch Gill

    Mitch became involved in many organizations, but his real loves were the International Imperial Court System (IICS), and the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA). Mitch held many titles in both organizations, and served as a role model for hundreds.

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    Lee Kittleson

    Lee Kittleson

    The star of the gay rodeo circuit galloped through Manhattan streets in an attempt to raise funds for AIDS research. Lee Kittleson saddled up his horse at Madison Square Garden and weaved through the busy traffic on Eighth Avenue to hold a news conference at Central Park

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    2012 Inductees

    Brian Helander

    Brian Helander

    "I enjoyed every minute of my term as IGRA President, despite the sometimes difficult task of leading an organization of 26 Member Associations with about 5000 individual members, all with diverse viewpoints. I think I only lost 3 or 4 friends, but always tried to see the bigger picture and the greatest good. I brought my best independent thinking to my job as President."

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    Michael Lentz

    Michael Lentz

    Michael's interest in country/western dancing, love of the cowboy scene, excitement for the thrill of rodeo competition, and desire to share these experiences with others made him one of the pioneers who first brought gay rodeo "east of the Mississippi".

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    Patrick Terry

    Patrick Terry

    Patrick's unwavering support and dedication has helped make the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) and many of the Member Associations and their rodeos what they are today.

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    2011 Inductees

    Bob Pimental

    Bob Pimentel

    Bob Pimentel has been a leader in gay IGRA rodeo for years. Bob was born in Redwood City, California just south of San Francisco. Bob started with gay rodeo in 1984 and continues to today. He has always maintained a personal commitment to gay rodeo, the western life style, and various AIDS/HIV related causes.

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    Erin Eaton

    In November 1984 Texas hosted its first gay rodeo near Houston. When Erin arrived she knew she had to get involved somehow, so she worked as a Secretarial volunteer. The "Rodeo Bug" bit Erin hard at that first rodeo. Throughout her 20 year rodeo career, Erin worked in many positions from Chute coordinator to arena director across the IGRA circuit.

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    2010 Inductees

    Bryn Geerdes

    Bryn Geerdes

    All Bryn ever wanted to be was a cowgirl. And so she was! At age 2, wearing her brother's cowboy hat and boots, she would ride a wooden bench for a horse with a mop for a tail.

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    David Hill

    David Hill

    David was born in March 1954 in Alaska - which at that time, was still a territory. His parents, originally from Wyoming, moved to Alaska to seek work on the Alaska railroad. In 1955, they returned to Wyoming where he grew up.

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    2009 Inductees

    John Beck

    John Beck

    John started riding on a black & white rocking horse that his dad made. He then received his first pony on Christmas Day, 1954. When he was in the 5th grade, his family moved to O'Neill, Nebraska where he joined the local 4-H club and started showing cattle and horses.

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    Charley Lanier

    Charley Lanier

    If he were thrifty, kind, and reverent, Charley Lanier could be the consummate Boy Scout, but fortunately for TGRA and IGRA, he channeled his dedication and talents to our organizations instead.

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    Candy Pratt

    Candy Pratt

    Candy Pratt was born in Dallas and grew up in Irving, Texas. She became the owner of her first horse when she was 8 years old. With intense practice and dedication, her horsemanship skills earned her hundreds of trophies, plaques, and other awards.

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    2008 Inductees

    Chuck Browning

    Chuck Browning

    Chuck Browning was born in Casper, Wyoming where he was exposed to the ranch and rodeo lifestyle. He moved to Phoenix after graduating college and it was there that he was first introduced to IGRA in 1989. It would soon become apparent that rodeo was in his blood and a passion in his life.

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    Bobbie St. Jeor

    Bobbie became involved with gay rodeo when the Springfield Chapter of the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association was formed in 1991.

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    Ron Jesser

    Ron Jesser

    Ron was one of the Fathers of Gay Rodeo. He was instrumental in forming the original framework of IGRA and in the development of the first IGRA Rodeo Rules.

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    2007 Inductees

    Roger Bergman

    Roger Bergmann

    Roger believes his greatest achievement was when he was elected President of the IGRA where he served from 1993 through 1995. He has great pride in the friendships he made during those years, and the accomplishments that were made by IGRA and all of the Member Associations.

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    Sharon (Casey) Norman

    Casey is a spirited, inquisitive and a fearless individual. Her love of animals, ranching chores and rodeo, while growing up on the family ranch, started her rodeo career. In 1961, when she was told she couldn't ride a buffalo, her response was "Put him in the chute." Casey won the Little Britches Rodeo that year.

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    2006 Inductees

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    Al Bell

    Al Bell left his legacy in the city of Long Beach with his country western flair. He and his, then partner, Pat MacRath opened a bar for those of us wanting country music, down home comfort and a place to plant our dancing boots. Floyd's was the place to be for many years. You would be able to walk into the friendliest bar in Southern California.

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    Candy Bell

    Candy participated in rodeos for 10 years and won over 100 buckles, including 13 international championships. She finished her competitive career in 2001 in the same way she had started, by winning the steer riding buckle at the Phoenix rodeo.

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    Phil Ragsdale

    Phil Ragsdale

    In Reno in 1975, Phil came up with the idea of an amateur rodeo as a fundraiser. He thought it would be a "kick" and although Phil passed away in 1991, he surely would be amazed to see how that dream has evolved thirty years later. Following is some of the story from the history of gay rodeo and IGRA:

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    2005 Inductees

    Linn Copeland

    Linn Copeland

    As a founding member of KGRA, Linn was instrumental in getting the organization up and running and Kansas was seated at the second IGRA convention in 1986, along with Missouri and New Mexico.

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    John King

    John King

    John King, along with Wayne Jakino, Al Bell, and Terry Clark were IGRA's "Fantastic Four". They blazed a trail for all of us to follow, at a time when gay and rodeo were not fashionable.

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    Sande Miller

    Sande Miller

    Sande Miller joined the International Gay Rodeo Association in 1987. She was inspirational in changing the level of competition, raising the bar throughout and encouraging other female contestants.

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    2004 Inductees

    Wayne Jakino

    Wayne Jakino

    Once upon a time, there was a man with a vision. This vision came about because a drag queen (or so they were called at the time) bumped into this man at the National Reno Gay Rodeo in 1981.

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    Greg Olson

    Greg Olson

    When one thinks of gay rodeo, many dynamic competitors come to mind. Among fans of gay rodeo, a trademark polka dot shirt looms large even today. This gentleman, and he truly was a gentleman, was the epitome of sportsmanship both inside and outside the arena.

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    First posted Jul 26, 2011
    Last update Nov 19, 2013