Time Line of Interesting Gay Rodeo Facts

1975   1976   1977   1978   1979
1980   1981   1982   1983   1984   1985   1986   1987   1988   1989
1990   1991   1992   1993   1994   1995   1996   1997   1998   1999
2000   2001   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009
2010   2011
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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 (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
1 rodeo
 
1979
 
 
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
Program (2.6 mgs)
 
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
  • 3rd gay rodeo outside Reno held in Texas
  • Golden State Gay Rodeo Association (GSGRA) formed
  • Arizona Gay Rodeo Association (AGRA) formed
 
 
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
1985 Rodeo Rules
 
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
5 rodoes
 
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 purchace a computer (detail)
6 rodeos
Finals poster
 
1988
  • Oregon Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention
  • Cowboy State Rodeo Association (CSRA Wyoming) founded
  • Nevada District Attorney files injunction 2 days before Finals Rodeo which stops the event
  • Due to Finals cancellation, IGRA board awarded 2 sets of buckles to the top competitors for accumulated annual points
  • Chute Coordinator Certification Program begins with 6 people certified
7 rodeos
Finals poster
 
1989
  • Cowboy State (CSRA Wyoming) changes name to Big Sky Gay Rodeo Association (BSGRA)
  • Big Sky Gay Rodeo Association (BSGRA Montana) seated at convention
  • Utah Gay Rodeo Association (UGRA) seated at convention
7 rodeos
 
1990
  • 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 founded
  • Diamond State (Ar) Rodeo Association
7 rodeos
Interesting Photo
Finals Poster
 
1991
  • IGRA split into 3 regions
  • 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 sponsor, Miller Light
10 rodeos
Finals poster
 
1992
  • 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
13 rodeos
 
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, creating some confusion with Arizona's acronym
  • RoundUp magazine first published
16 rodeos
 
1994
  • Tri-State (Oh In Ky) Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention
  • Michigan International Gay Rodeo Association (MIGRA) seated at convention
  • AGRA agrees to change their name to Alberta Rockies Gay Rodeo Association (ARGRA) to eliminate confusion with Arizona
  • 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
21 rodeos
 
1995
  • Pennsylvania Gay Rodeo Association (PGRA) seated at convention
  • Tri-State (TSGRA) did not renew membersihp one year after being seated
22 rodeos
 
1996
  • IGRA.com website goes on line June 14
  • Last issue of RoundUp magazine published in October
20 rodeos
 
1997
18 rodeos
 
1998
  • IGRA eliminates competition divisioning for finals, enabling all contestants to compete equally for the 20 available finals slots
  • Big Sky Gay Rodeo Association (BSGRA Montana) dissolves
  • SEGRA changes territory ( ', SHADOW, WIDTH, 500, CAPTION, '1998');" onmouseout="return nd();">detail)
  • MIGRA changed territory to Michigan, Ohio, SW Ontario
20 rodeos
Finals poster
 
1999
  • Idaho Gay Rodeo Association (IDGRA) seated at convention
  • OGRA, KGRA, MGRA and Arkansas split efforts ( ', SHADOW, WIDTH, 500, CAPTION, '1999');" onmouseout="return nd();">detail)
  • SEGRA corrected territory listings to only include Georgia
  • ASGRA expandes territory ( ', SHADOW, WIDTH, 500, CAPTION, '1999');" onmouseout="return nd();">detail)
  • MIGRA reduced territory to Michigan only
  • PGRA changed name to PONYGRA (PA, OH, NY Gay Rodeo Association) ( ', SHADOW, WIDTH, 500, CAPTION, '1999');" onmouseout="return nd();">detail)
19 rodoes
 
2000
  • Salt Lake City Rodeo
  • IGRA issues first Website Award
  • ARGRA changed territory to Alberta and British Columbia
17 rodeos
Website award SEGRA
 
2001
  • ARGRA changed territory to Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan
17 rodeos
Website award ARGRA
 
2002
  • Sooner State Rodeo Association (SSRA) seated at convention ( ', SHADOW, WIDTH, 500, CAPTION, '2002');" onmouseout="return nd();">detail)
  • High Sierra Rodeo Association (HSRA) (Washoe County Nevada) seated at convention
  • OGRA changed territory to Oklahoma excluding 25 western counties belonging 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
Website award GSGRA Bay area
 
2003
  • Red River Rodeo Association (RRRA) seated at convention ( ', SHADOW, WIDTH, 500, CAPTION, '2003');" onmouseout="return nd();">detail)
  • Smoky Mountain Rodeo Association (SMRA) (Tn, Ky) seated at convention
19 rodeos
Website award ASGRA
 
2004
  • IGRA establishes Hall of Fame
  • (GWGRA) Gateway Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention ( ', SHADOW, WIDTH, 500, CAPTION, '2004');" onmouseout="return nd();">detail)
  • MGRA territory changed to State of Missouri excluding areas listed in GWGRA
  • ASGRA added New Jersey to their territory
  • IGRA Website gets expanded and a new look
20 rodeos
Website award NGRA
 
2005
  • (FGRA) Florida Gay Rodeo Association seated at convention
  • The IGRA website gets a new webmaster and a major expansion
20 rodeos
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
Website award ASGRA
Finals poster
 
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
Website award FGRA
 
2008
  • Wayne Jakino, sometimes known as "the Father of IGRA" dies of cancer, July 16
  • IGRA history timeline page first posted
  • CGRA looses domain name (cgra.com) when grabbed by an automated system upon expiring
20 Rodoes
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, IGRA archives prepared for donation to Autry National Center
  • (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
Website award ARGRA
 
2010
  • ILGRA website gets a virus due to outdated software
  • KGRA renews their IGRA membership at 2010 convention
17 rodeos
 
2011
  • Steer riding changed to Junior Bull riding in IGRA Rules
15 rodeos
 
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