To say that Patrick Terry is a work horse would be the understatement of the year.
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 - Super Gay! (Not to mention super successful!)
Patrick is a proud three generation native to the great state of Colorado, and the cowboy-way has been part of his life for as long as he can remember. "One of my fondest childhood memories is that of riding horses," Patrick stated. "They belonged to my Father's boss and I would go horseback riding as often as I could."
From that point forward he was hooked -- a cowboy through and through - a "Rhinestone Cowboy", that is!!
Patrick was first introduced to the IGRA circuit when he attended Finals Rodeo in Phoenix, Arizona back in 1989. Since then, Patrick has been involved in almost every single aspect of rodeo, from IGRA Administrative Assistant, Certified Scorekeeper, Sponsorship and Membership Committee Chairs, to Rodeo Barn Manager (aka Barn Bitch) as well as competing in Steer Riding, Bull Riding, Chute Dogging, Calf Roping and all of the Camp Events.
Patrick has been an amazing asset to gay rodeo, and it is his spirit and determination that make having him as part of the IGRA family such a blessing.
A few of Patrick's crowning achievements include working over the years to help secure the international rodeo sponsorships with Miller Lite, United Airlines, Bud Light, and American Airlines. He was also honored as "Grand Marshall" at the 1998 Omaha Heartland Regional Rodeo, as well as at the 2003 Finals Rodeo in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Chicago Windy City Rodeo in 2004. Additionally, at the IGRA level, Patrick has received the President's Award, not once, but twice, and in 2009, Patrick collected, organized, curated, and delivered the IGRA Archives from Denver to Los Angeles to eventually be put on display at "The Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage," which has since been renamed "The Autry National Center.""I have been so honored to be part of such an amazing group of individuals," said Patrick. "Rodeo has become my extended family. I feel like the luckiest person on the planet because I get to keep my childhood dream alive at every rodeo I attend. Who wouldn't volunteer their time and energy to live their dreams?"
At the time of his induction into this Hall of Fame, Patrick had participated and volunteered at hundreds of rodeos and had received "The Volunteer Buckle" honors at many rodeos all across the nation.
He joined the Rodeo Director's Program for World Gay Rodeo Finals, in hopes that one day he could serve as the IGRA Finals Rodeo Director. His participation in the Directors Program for the last 5 years has paid off, because next year Patrick will eagerly take the reins of the 2013 IGRA World Gay Rodeo Finals in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Patrick would be remiss if he didn't thank his long time friend and rodeo mentor, Tommy Channel, for his continued guidance and support over the years.
So next time you see Patrick Terry walk into the room or out into the rodeo arena - Ok, it probably won't be a "walk", it will probably be more of a "sashay"- be sure to shake his hand, or kiss his ring; give him a big hug and say: "Thanks!"
1989 - Where it all began: Phoenix Arizona IGRA Finals Rodeo
1990 - Joined Colorado Gay Rodeo Association (CGRA), and worked closely with the Founder of International Gay Rodeo Association, Wayne Jakino.
1991 & 1992 CGRA Trustee
1993 - Joined Heartland Gay Rodeo Association
1994 - 1998 Rodeo Competitor: Steer Riding, Bull Riding, Chute Dogging, Calf Roping on Foot, Steer Decorating, Wild Drag Race, and Goat Dressing
1993 - 2003 IGRA Administrative Assistant
1995 - Scorekeeper Certified
1997 - Joined Illinois Gay Rodeo Association (ILGRA)
2003 - CGRA Rodeo Director
2007 - Membership Chair for ILGRA
2011 - Designated as a "Lifetime Member of CGRA"
2011 & 2012 Chancellor for IGRA University
2013 - IGRA World Gay Rodeo Finals Rodeo Director
And now in the infamous words of announcer Michael Buffer, "Let's get ready to rumble!"