How is Gay Rodeo different?

Gay Rodeo ain’t for sissies.  It has many of the same tough events as mainstream rodeo, but we think it is more fun.  We are kinder and gentler to the animals, but the human contestants carry just as much risk as in other rodeos.

You do not have to own a horse or have experience to compete in Gay Rodeo.  Our rodeos allow men and women to compete in all events without restriction.  In fact, in team roping, men and women compete equally, and there are teams of 2 men, or 2 women, and often 1 man and 1 woman.

Among the roping events are Calf Roping on Foot, Team Roping, and Breakaway Roping.  In Breakaway, the rope breaks away from a string tying it to the saddle horn, so the calf is not pulled off its feet.  Calf Roping on Foot is a perfect event for beginners, and we will teach this in every Rodeo School.

Roughstock events include Bull Riding, Steer Riding, Ranch Saddle Bronc Riding, and Chute Dogging.  Chute Dogging is another foot event that beginners can try, and we will be teaching this at a rodeo school in the future.

Speed events include Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, and Flag Race.  These are almost identical to the big rodeos and jackpot events, so if you have riding experience, you will love our rodeo competitions

The last type of event is my personal favorite:  the Camp Events.  These are a few unusual team events on foot that were developed by early gay rodeos back in the 80’s.  Goat dressing is a perfect event for beginners and the least risky – a 2-person team must put Tidy-Whitey undies on a goat to beat the clock.  Steer Decorating requires a 2-person team to handle a steer and tie a ribbon on its tail and remove its rope.

And the Queen of all gay rodeo events:  the Wild Drag Race requires a 3-person team of 1 man, 1 woman, and 1 Drag (defined as someone in a dress and wig) to again handle a steer, get the Drag onboard the steer, and just move that steer back over a line before getting bucked off.  Sounds easy?  It’s not!  But it is sure fun to see the outfits and watch the struggle.  Yes, this event is the most injury-prone in gay rodeo.   Beginners can learn all the camp events at our Rodeo Schools prior to entering the arena.

If you are an athletic person and have always wondered if you had it in you to be a rodeo contestant, let us help you give it a try, in as safe an environment as we can.

Gay Rodeo is different from mainstream rodeo because:

  1.  It’s more fun.  There is serious competition, and serious good fun.
  2. You need not have grown up on a farm or ranch, with previous experience.  No experience needed, and we can help you get started.  This is the only venue where people who have never even thought of riding and roping can get training and experience and actually become rodeo contestants.
  3. Everyone helps each other, in spite of being rivals.  We help each other learn, and we help each other with safety.
  4. There are many roles outside of the contestant role.  We have animal handlers, timers, arena crew, security, social members, royalty, and many support roles.  It’s fun to make something fun happen, and there is a place for you.
  5. Great parties and dances!   You can’t win the rodeo if you don’t win the party.
  6. We are both traditional and non-traditional.
  7. We are young, medium, and almost around the bend.
  8. Gay Rodeo is open to everyone, gay, straight, all races, all marital status and families with kids.
  9. We try to never hurt any animals.  However, they have not made the same promise back to us!
  10. We do this on a charitable basis, benefitting many local charities, and teaching rodeo skills and country western lifestyle to anyone interested.
  11. We are going to build something good for the long term.  Rodeo and western lifestyle is timeless.

This page does not reflect opinions of the SRRA or the IGRA, just the personal opinions and observations of Janine, who is recovering from a rodeo injury but cannot wait to get back at it.