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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.More about Linda
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.More about Jeannine
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.More about Mitch
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 ParkMore about Lee
"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."More about Brian
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".More about Michael
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.More about Patrick
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.More about Bob
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.More about Erin
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.More about Bryn
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.More about David
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.More about John
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.More about Charley
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.More about Candy
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.More about Chuck
Bobbie St. Jeor
Bobbie became involved with gay rodeo when the Springfield Chapter of the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association was formed in 1991.More about Bobbie
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.More about Ron
Roger BergmannRoger 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.
Sharon (Casey) NormanCasey 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.
Al BellAl 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.
Candy BellCandy 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.
Phil RagsdaleIn 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:
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.