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First posted Aug 21, 2011
Last update Nov 24, 2014

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1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

1975
  • Phil Ragsdale comes up with the idea of holding a gay rodeo to raise money for the local Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Feed
 
 
1976
  • First gay rodeo held in Reno NV, November 3 (more)
1 rodeo
125 contestants
 
1977
  • Reno Rodeo group becomes the Comstock Gay Rodeo Association
  • Gay dance troupes first become part of gay rodeo
1 rodeo
$214 raised for MDA
 
1978
  • Saturday's Rodeo cut short after stock handler kicked in head. Rodeo continued Sunday. (more)
1 rodeo
 
1979
  • Golden Spike Gay Rodeo Association founded in Utah (more)
  • Dave Wilson wins All-Around Cowboy title at Reno Rodeo (more)
1 rodeo
 
1980
  • Pacific Coast Gay Rodeo Association founded in California
1 rodeo
10,000 attend Reno
 
1981
  • Colorado Gay Rodeo Association founded in Denver
  • Reno rodeo and related events brings 40,000 gays
1 rodeo
$40,000 raised for MDA
10,000 attend Reno
 
1982
  • Colorado contestants returning to Reno Rodeo request standardized rules
1 rodeo
 
1983
  • First gay rodeo outside Reno held in Colorado, June 3
  • Reno Rodeo allows Royalty to designate 50% of raised money to MDA and 50% to other gay related charities
2 rodeos
12,000 attend Reno
 
1984
  • 9th Reno Gay Rodeo marks the last of the original gay rodeos in Reno
  • 2nd gay rodeo outside Reno held in Texas
  • Golden State Gay Rodeo Association (GSGRA) formed
  • Arizona Gay Rodeo Association (AGRA) formed
  • CGRA Mounted Drill team invited to Madison Square Garden but was unable to perform. (more)
3 rodeos
 
1985
  • IGRA founded with members including Colorado, Texas, California and Arizona
  • First IGRA convention held in Denver
  • Oklahoma Gay Rodeo Association (OGRA) founded and seated at IGRA convention
4 rodeos
Convention Denver
 
1986
  • Oklahoma GRA combines efforts with Kansas and Missouri GRAs to host first Great Plains Regional Rodeo
  • Kansas Gay Rodeo Association (KGRA) seated at IGRA convention
  • Missouri Gay Rodeo Association (MGRA) seated at IGRA convention
  • New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association (NMGRA) seated at IGRA convention
  • First IGRA Royalty competition (more)
  • A meeting at Steak and Ale® generates idea for IGRA computer based scoring (more)
  • Texas Flag Race changed to Flag Race
  • IGRA assignes first permanent contestant numbers (more)
5 rodeos
Convention Denver
 
1987
  • The IGRA Certification Program implemented at convention
  • Silver State Gay Rodeo Association (SSGRA Nevada) seated at IGRA convention
  • First country western dance competition held at IGRA convention
  • First IGRA Finals rodeo held in Hayward, California
  • Funding allocated at convention for IGRA to purchase a computer
6 rodeos
Convention, Albuquerque
Finals, San Francisco
 
1988
  • Oregon Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention
  • Cowboy State Rodeo Association (CSRA Wyoming) founded and seated (more)
  • Nevada District Attorney files injunction 2 days before Finals Rodeo which stops the event (more)
  • Cancelation of Finals requires a ruling on what to do with the buckles (more)
  • Chute Coordinator Certification Program begins with 6 people certified
  • Denver rodeo becomes first, and last, 3 day rodeo (more)
7 rodeos
Convention, Fort Worth
Finals, Reno canceled
 
1989
  • Tri-State (OH, IN, KY) founded July 8
  • Cowboy State (CSRA Wyoming) seated for a second time (more)
  • Big Sky Gay Rodeo Association (BSGRA Montana) seated at convention
  • Utah Gay Rodeo Association (UGRA) seated at convention
  • Goat Decorating was changed to Goat Dressing at convention
7 rodeos
Convention, Albuquerque
Finals, Phoenix
 
1990
  • Tri-State GRA holds their one and only rodeo event (more)
  • Northwest (Wa Or Id) Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention
  • North Star (Mn Wi) Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention
  • Tri-State (Oh In Ky) Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention
  • Diamond State (Ar) Rodeo Association
  • Printed lables for ribbons debues at Denver rodeo (more)
7 rodeos
Convention, Wichita
Finals, Phoenix
 
1991
  • IGRA split into 3 regions
  • DSRA seated at convention
  • Atlantic States (ASGRA, Md Va DC) Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention
  • Southeast (SEGRA, Ga) Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention
  • IGRA gets first International sponsors, Miller Light, The Advocate (more)
10 rodeos
Convention, Albuquerque
Finals, Wichita
 
1992
  • Phil Ragsdale dies of AIDS on June 1
  • Arkansas joins the Great Plains Regional Rodeo group
  • Nevada Gay Rodeo Association (NGRA) seated at convention
  • First area outside the US joins IGRA when NWGRA adds British Columbia to their area
  • IGRA signs 3 year sponsorship agreement with Miller Light
  • IGRA purchased an NEC ProSpeed 286 laptop computer
13 rodeos
Convention, St. Paul
Finals, Phoenix
 
1993
  • Illinois Gay Rodeo Association (ILGRA) seated at convention
  • Heartland (Nebraska) Gay Rodeo Association (HGRA) seated at convention
  • Alberta Gay Rodeo Association (AGRA) seated at convention
  • RoundUp magazine first published (more)
16 rodeos
Convention, Billings
Finals, Fort Worth
 
1994
  • Michigan International Gay Rodeo Association (MIGRA) seated at convention
  • AGRA agrees to change their name to ARGRA (more)
  • First IGRA sanctioned rodeo outside the US is held near Calgary
  • IGRA split into 4 divisions to include new rodeos in the east
  • Heartland (HGRA) changed territory to Nebraska and Iowa
  • Contestant entry fees increased from $15.00 to $17.00 (the first increase since IGRA founding)
  • First time 2 rodeos are held on same weekend, Kansas City and Albuquerque
21 rodeos
Convention, Little Rock
Finals, Denver
 
1995
  • Pennsylvania Gay Rodeo Association (PGRA) seated at convention
  • Tri-State (TSGRA) disolves
  • Contestant entry fees increased from $17.00 to $20.00
22 rodeos
Convention, Chicago
Finals, Denver
 
1996
  • IGRA.com website goes on line June 14
  • Last issue of RoundUp magazine published in October
  • IGRA reassigns contestant numbers due to having almost 1000 women contestants (more)
20 rodeos
Convention, Omaha
Finals, Albuquerque
 
1997
  • Contestant point standings posted on IGRA website for the first time (more)
  • David Pizzuti dies in December of an infection aquired during a tatoo
18 rodeos
Convention, Salt Lake City
Finals, Phoenix
 
1998
  • IGRA eliminates competition divisioning for finals (more),
  • Big Sky Gay Rodeo Association (BSGRA Montana) dissolves
  • SEGRA changes territory
  • MIGRA changed territory to Michigan, Ohio, SW Ontario
20 rodeos
Convention, Baltimore
Finals, Phoenix
 
1999
  • Idaho Gay Rodeo Association (IDGRA) seated at convention
  • OGRA, KGRA, MGRA and Arkansas split efforts to produce separate rodeos
  • SEGRA corrected territory listings to only include Georgia
  • ASGRA expandes territory
  • MIGRA reduced territory to Michigan only
  • PGRA changed name to PONYGRA (PA, OH, NY Gay Rodeo Association
  • Wild Drag Race rule changed (more),
19 rodoes
Convention, Long Beach
Finals, Little Rock
 
2000
  • First IGRA University held in Reno
  • Salt Lake City Rodeo
  • IGRA issues first Website Award
  • Chuck Browning becomes first contestant ever to qualify for all 13 Finals events in one year
  • ARGRA changed territory to Alberta and British Columbia
  • 3D payout system added to contestant database (more)
17 rodeos
Convention, Las Vegas
Finals, Albuquerque
University, Reno
Website award SEGRA
 
2001
  • ARGRA changed territory to Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan
  • Contestant results placed into MySQL database on IGRA website for first time (more)
17 rodeos
Convention, Long Beach
Finals, Palm SpringsWebsite award ARGRA
 
2002
  • Sooner State Rodeo Association (SSRA) seated at convention
  • High Sierra Rodeo Association (HSRA) (Washoe County Nevada) seated at convention
  • OGRA changed territory to Oklahoma releasing 25 western counties to SSRA
  • NGRA changed territory to Nevada excluding Washoe County
  • HGRA changed territory to Nebraska and all territory west of Hwy 71 in Iowa
19 rodoes
Convention Cleveland
Finals, Wichita
Website award GSGRA SF
 
2003
  • Red River Rodeo Association (RRRA) seated at convention
  • Smoky Mountain Rodeo Association (SMRA) (Tn, Ky) seated at convention
  • HomoRodeo.com domain goes online in April (more)
  • Contestant entry fees increased from $20.00 to $22.00
19 rodeos
Convention, Phoenix
Finals, Tulsa
University, St. Louis
Website award ASGRA
 
2004
  • IGRA establishes Hall of Fame
  • (GWGRA) Gateway Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention
  • MGRA territory changed to State of Missouri excluding areas listed in GWGRA
  • ASGRA added New Jersey to their territory
  • HGRA donates $38,000 to charity from proceeds of hosting IGRA Finals Rodeo
  • IGRA Website gets expanded and a new look
  • NGRA's rodeo procedes stolen by the treasure's boyfriend (more)
  • ASGRA webpage on the riderless horse receives 30,000 hits in a 20 minute period (more)
20 rodeos
Convention, Denver
Finals, Omaha
University, St. Louis
Website award NGRA
 
2005
  • (FGRA) Florida Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention
  • The IGRA website gets a new webmaster and a major expansion
  • MsTer position added to IGRA Royalty lineup (more)
  • 10 IGRA rodeos videotaped for air over Q Television Network (more)
20 rodeos
Convention, Calgary
Finals, Dallas
University, Dallas
Website award GGRA
 
2006
  • IGRA University moves to Las Vegas with a new format and expanded classes
  • (LGRA) Liberty Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention
  • (CCGRA) Central Canada Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention
  • Utah Gay Rodeo Association (UGRA) dissolves, leaves remaining funds to IGRA University
20 rodeos
Convention, Nashville
Finals, Reno
University, Las Vegas
Website award ASGRA
 
2007
  • IGRA online contestant registration system goes live
  • (LSGRA) Louisiana State Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention
  • (SCCGRA) Sacramento's Capital Crossroads Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention
  • (PONY) (Pa Oh Ny) Gay Rodeo Association dissolves
18 rodeos
Convention, Kansas City
Finals, Denver
University, Las Vegas
Website award FGRA
 
2008
  • Wayne Jakino, sometimes known as "the Father of IGRA" dies of cancer, July 16
  • Contestant registration fees raised to $23 to cover cost of online registration system
  • Gay Rodeo history timeline (this page) first posted
  • CGRA looses domain name (cgra.com) when grabbed by an automated system upon expiring
20 Rodoes
Convention, New Orleans
Finals, Denver
University, Las Vegas
Website award ARGRA
 
2009
  • (GGRA) Georgia Gay Rodeo Association disolves
  • IGRA Finals Rodeo changes name to World Gay Rodeo Finals
  • Gay Rodeo Legacy Project begins
  • Contestant registration fee raised again to $25 to cover online registration system
  • IGRA archives prepared for donation to Autry National Center July 22
  • (SGRA) Sonoran Gay Rodeo Association (Sourthern AZ) seated at convention
  • (KGRA) Kansas does not renew IGRA membership for 2010, removed at 2009 convention
16 rodeos
Convention, Toronto
Finals, Albuquerque
University, Las Vegas
Website award ARGRA
 
2010
  • ILGRA website gets a virus due to outdated software
  • KGRA renews their IGRA membership at 2010 convention
  • LSGRA, Lousiana does not renew membership
16 rodeos
Convention, Reno
Finals, Laughlin
University, Las Vegas
Website award ARGRA
 
2011
  • Steer riding changed to Junior Bull riding in IGRA Rules
  • IGRA Archives are moved to the basement of Frank Harrell in Castle Rock, CO July 12
  • IGRA website gets a new webmaster and a new look, July 15 (Main page over 5.5 megs download)
  • GayRodeoHistory.org goes online July 26
  • PNWGRA, Pacific Northwest Gay Rodeo Association desolves
  • SGRA, Sonoran Gay Rodeo Association desolves
  • LGRA, Liberty Gay Rodeo Association desolves
  • LSGRA, Lousiana renews membership at conventon
  • Marine Major Darrell Choat (x-IGRA Bull rider) comes out publicly
  • KGRA looses domain name (kgra.us) when it is grabbed up upon expiring, Nov 22
15 rodeos
Convention, San Deigo
Finals, Fort Worth
University, St. Louis
Website award ARGRA
 
2012
  • 2012 IGRA Royalty team largest in history up to this point
  • 1st offical IGRA Royalty logo approved by IGRA
  • All programs in the IGRA archives at this time were scanned and posted, March 21
  • Chicago cancels 1 month before rodeo, leaving some holding expensive airline tickets
  • MIGRA changes name of rodeo from Motown to Great Lakes Regional
  • GLRHF holds first Paladin Award dinner (Nov 11). Award going to the Aurty National Center
  • KGRA (Kansas) desolves
  • SMRA (Smokey Mountain) desolves
  • CSGRA (Cotton State, Alabama) seated at convention
  • SGRA (Sonoran) seated at convention
13 rodeos
Convention, Las Vegas
Finals, Fort Worth
University, St. Louis
Website award AGRA
 
2013
  • For the first time, the number of defunct associations exceeds the number of active associations (more)
  • July 19, Denver, IGRA approves rodeo in conjunction with Gay Games 9 in Akron, Ohio, Aug 9-16, 2014
  • CCGRA (Central Canada) desolves as an association
  • SSGRA (Sooner State) desolves
  • HSRA (High Seria) desolves
15 rodeos
Convention, San Deigo
Finals, Fort Worth
University, St. Louis
Website award GSGRA PS
 
2014
  • IGRA Rodeo held in conjunction with Gay Games 9 (more)
  • Documentary film "Queens & Cowboys" first permeers, April 13 (more)
  • "This is Life with Lisa Ling" is shown on CNN (Nov 9) (more)
  • Chute dogging rules undergo a major revision, simplefying all rules for the event
  • GWGRA (Gateway, St. Louis) desolves
  • IAGRA (Iowa) desolves
13 rodeos
Convention, Denver
Finals, Fort Worth
University, St. Louis
Website award, NGRA