IGRA Rodeo Events

There are several things that make Gay Rodeo a uniquely fun and different type of rodeo experience. Some of which are our light-hearted, yet fiercely competitive "Camp Events."

IGRA-sanctioned rodeos, including the World Gay Rodeo Finals, present many traditional rodeo events with which most people are familiar. But we also have a few fun and different events.

Learn about our Camp and Traditional rodeo events on this page, which include:

  • Rough Stock Events
  • Roping Events
  • Speed Events
  • Camp Events 

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2017 IGRA RODEO RULES

All IGRA-sanctioned rodeos, including the World Gay Rodeo Finals, will comply with the following rules and guidelines: http://igra.com/resources/AdiminstrativeResources/RodeoRules.htm


Rough Stock Events

Mounted on top or standing beside an animal many times their size and weight, it's contestant against beast. In these events, the contestant attempts to out balance or out maneuver the animal's natural instinct to rid itself of an unusual weight on its back or to escape from the clutches of the contestant. These events require a great deal of skill and experience before a contestant can become a champion. Many IGRA-sanctioned rodeos hold rodeo schools before a rodeo or during the year, where experienced competitors give new contestants skilled instruction. 

Rough Stock Events Include:

  • Bull Riding
  • Bareback Bronc Riding
  • Ranch Saddle Riding
  • Steer Riding
  • Cute Dogging

Videos and more detailed descriptions found at IGRA.com: http://igra.com/EventDescriptionsPublic.htm 

Roping Events

Gay rodeo presents three roping events with one designed for beginners. The other two can be costly, because your success depends on a very good horse. Many roping horses sell for $10,000 and up. 

These events always begin with the contestant in a "roping box." An imaginary start line runs across the front of the roping box and the chute where the calf or steer is held. Should the contestant cross this line, called the "barrier", before the calf or steer clears the chute, a 10-second penalty shall be assessed and added on to the time. 

Roping Events Include:

  • Calf Roping - on Foot
  • Mounted Break-Away
  • Team Roping

Videos and more detailed descriptions found at IGRA.com: http://igra.com/EventDescriptionsPublic.htm

Speed Events

Speed and agility are two highly prized qualities in these contestant's horses. These three speed events pit the horse, under the skillful hand of its rider, against the clock. Negotiating the prescribed pattern is a test of the rider's skill and the horse's speed and agility. A running start is permitted in these events and the fastest time wins. 

Speed Events Include:

  • Barrel Racing
  • Pole Bending
  • Flag Race

Videos and more detailed descriptions found at IGRA.com: http://igra.com/EventDescriptionsPublic.htm  

Camp Events

Whenever a group of cowhands get together for a good time, hell is going to be raised! Cowhands generally have their own definition of fun and challenge. After a few beers and some serious ego pumping, it is amazing what a group of hands can come up with! 

Prerequisites for participation are a willingness to eat dirt and the ability to hold your own with an ornery steer or goat. Sixty percent of rodeo contestants get their start in these three events and the old-timers stay in because the payoffs (or winnings) are the best of all events. 

Camp Events Include:

  • Steer Decorating
  • Wild Drag Race
  • Goat Dressing

Videos and more detailed descriptions found at IGRA.com: http://igra.com/EventDescriptionsPublic.htm  

Animal Welfare

IGRA's Position on Animal Welfare

The International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) endorses and adopts the promotion of animal welfare and the humane, responsible treatment of animals in their housing, feeding, training, exercising, and competition.

We shall strive to assure that our events are purposefully tailored and executed to provide animal and human participants the safest environment possible and shall act to immediately disqualify or reprimand any contestant, official or contracted personnel found to be treating animals inhumanely.

For more info. please visit IGRA.com:
http://igra.com/AnimalWelfarePublic.htm