LISA SMITH | Rodeo Director | email@example.com | (501)231-8379
MARCUS HOOD | 1st Assistant Rodeo Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
CHARLES HANCOCK | Assistant Rodeo Director at Large | email@example.com
MAC McMILLAN | Assistant Rodeo Director at Large | firstname.lastname@example.org
ROBIN CAGLE | Assistant Rodeo Director at Large | email@example.com
WADE EARP | Assistant Rodeo Director at Large | firstname.lastname@example.org
DAVID LAWSON | Contestant Liaison | email@example.com
TOMMY CHANNEL | Entertainment Chair | firstname.lastname@example.org
JONATHAN SUDER | Committee Member | email@example.com
COLBY ROBERTS | Committee Member | Mrscolbyroberts@gmail.com
SAMMY SIMPKIN | Committee Member | firstname.lastname@example.org
LIZE MACDONALD | IGRA WGRF Chair | email@example.com
We're always looking for volunteers to help organize the 2017 IGRA World Gay Rodeo Finals and also to work at the event in October.
If you are interested, Please contact Rich Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
So… what exactly is Royalty?
It’s similar to most mainstream rodeos where the rodeo queens are referred to as “Royalty.” But in IGRA, we have several different official Royalty positions filled with dedicated ambassadors promoting Gay Rodeo and the western lifestyle. These men and women can be seen wearing sashes or crowns and naturally draw lots of attention at the rodeo and outside of the rodeo arena where they attend a variety of events and fundraisers in their respective cities as well as rodeo-sanctioned venues in the host city of the World Gay Rodeo Finals.
To rise to the level of IGRA Royalty – an International Title – a candidate must first win a Royalty position in their local Gay Rodeo Association and then compete for the International title at the World Gay Rodeo Finals.
Many associations have Royalty positions consisting of “Mr.”, “MISS”, “Ms.”, and “MsTer”. Royalty positions are as follows: “Mr.” is a title typically held by cisgender male cowboys; “MISS” is a title typically held by men who are female impersonators; “Ms.” is a title typically held by cisgender women cowgirls; and finally “MsTer:” is a title typically held by male impersonators.
Royalty, at the local, national, and international level are usually the ones asked to do take on a bulk of the fundraising for their local associations as well as the IGRA. Funds raised support Gay Rodeo across the country and local/national charity. Sometimes jokingly referred to as “Cash Cows,” Royalty is successfully raising large sums of money for IGRA and affiliate associations. Many of our honorable Royalty are accomplished rodeo competitors, as well! For example, “Miss” IGRA 2017, Kelly O’Neil (stage name), from Texas, competes in highly competitive speed events (when not in drag) and is an incredible horseman winning several buckles and ribbons. Outside of the rodeo arena, Kelly O’Neill is also an amazing entertainer on stage. He has helped IGRA along with the other Royalty team members raise much needed funds to support IGRA.
We look forward to seeing you at the 31st Annual World Gay Rodeo Finals in Albuquerque, NM. Come for the competition, stay for the fun!