The International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) board of directors sanctioned the “Gay Games 9 Rodeo” to be held in conjunction with the Gay Games in Akron Ohio in 2014. The decision was finalized at their recent board meeting in Denver, Colorado.
The gay rodeo cultural event will be held during the week of August 9 -16, 2014 and will allow athletes from all over the world to show, or try out their “cowboy and cowgirl” skills in the traditional North American sport of Rodeo. In addition to the rodeo, international participants will have the chance to dance at a huge country western dance night and other western culture events during the week of the Gay Games. The first heat of the GG9 Rodeo competition will begin on Sunday August 10, 2014 to allow attendance at the GG9 opening ceremonies on Saturday August 9, 2014.
While some rodeo events occurred at the Vancouver games, this is the first time a complete IGRA sanctioned rodeo will occur as part of the games. Seasoned IGRA competitors will be on hand to help out the “rookies” and introduce them to the events and skills and safety aspects of gay rodeo. A full list of the events is available on the IGRA website at www.igra.com ( rodeo fans> event descriptions). More information about the Gay Games 9 is available on the GG9 website at www.gg9cle.com.
Additional information including how to register to compete, participate and volunteer will be made available as it develops on the IGRA and Gay Games websites.