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HANGING ON | One of the most popular events in the IGRA Finals Rodeo is bullriding.
(Tammye Nash/Dallas Voice)
Full schedule of events planned
around IGRA Finals Rodeo in Fort
Worth this weekend
DAVID TAFFET I Staff Writer
The "best of the best" in the world of LGBT
rodeo are coming to North Texas this weekend
to dress goats^ decorate steers, wrestle, steers
and ride wild horses and bulls, according to
Randy Edlin, president of the Texas Gay Rodeo
A total of 90 competitors will be competing
in the 25th World Gay Rodeo.Finals, being held
Saturday and Sunday at the Watt Arena in the
Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.
They will be representing the 27 local Interna-
tional Gay and Lesbian Rodeo Association af-
filiates around North America, including two
from Texas — Texas Gay Rodeo Association,
which has five chapters around the state, and
Red River Rodeo Association, based in Aubrey
northeast of Denton.
Edlin said that participation in the IGRA Fi-
nals Rodeo is by invitation only. Contestants
earn points through the year at regional rodeos,
and the top 20 in each event are invited to the
World Gay Rodeo Finals.
Edlin will compete: in the chute-dogging
event, sometimes known as steer wrestling,
and in two camp events, the wild drag race and
Dan Nagel, president of the Dallas chapter
of TGRA, said the camp events are one of the
things that distinguish gay rodeo from tradi-
tional rodeo, adding to the entertainment and
fun. But the inclusion of the camp events, he
said, shouldn't fool anyone into thinking gay
rodeo contestants aren't as tough as the main-
Stream rodeo cowboys and cowgirls.
In fact, Nagel said, the caliber of participants
in IGRA's 10 more traditional events are equal
to those in any rodeo, and a number of mem-
bers of TGRA also enter other rodeos. Another
difference between the gay rodeos and main-
stream rodeos is that in gay rodeos, men and
women may compete in all events.
In mainstream rodeos, you usually only see
women competing in barrel racing. In gay
rodeos, men race the barrels, too. Chute-dog-
ging is usually a men's event in the main-
Stream, but the women are out there wrestling
steers, too, at the gay rodeos.
Nagel called those two events two of the
most competitive on the circuit.
Gary Miller, owner of Dallas' Round-Up Sa-
loon who is also a former TGRA president,
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