Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 21, Ed. 1 Friday, October 7, 2011 Page: 29 of 68
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of the chute, must "rake" the feet backwards to-
ward the horse's rump. If the rider misses this, they
are disqualified and get no score for the ride. If the
rider stays on the horse for six seconds, then pick-
up riders move in to help the rider dismount safely.
Contestants may elect to ride two-handed from
start to finish, but will receive a lower score if they
• Goat Dressing: This two-person event was
created specially for gay rodeo. The team stands
50 feet from the point where the goat is tethered.
One of the team members has a pair of jockey-
style underwear pulled over their forearms. When
the whistle sounds, the team runs to the goat. The
team member without the underwear picks up the
goat's rear hooves, grabs the underwear from
around the other member's arms, and pulls it up
the legs of the goat. Both team members must
then race back to the start/finish line and cross the
finish line to stop the time. The underwear must
stay over the goat's tail bone until the timer is
tagged by both members.
• Chute Dogging: The steer and the contestant
both start in the bucking chute and face a 60-second
time limit. When the chute gate opens, the contest-
ant must bring the steer out to a 10-foot line in front
of the chute, and then attempt to wrestle, or "dog"
the steer to the ground. The contestant will turn the
steer's head up and toward the steer's shoulder, to
force the steer to fall over on its other shoulder,
causing all four feet to point in the same direction
as the head was turned. If the steer is contrary and
falls the other way, it is termed a "dog fall" and the
contestant can either attempt to turn the head the
same direction or let the steer up and start over.
• Pole Bending: In this event, horse and rider
compete for fastest time working a linear pattern
through six equally spaced poles. The poles must
be at least six feet in height and spaced 21 feet apart.
A running start is allowed and a five-second
penalty will be assessed for knocking a pole down,
and disqualification will take place if the team goes
• Wild Drag Race: Teams are made up of one
male, one female, one "drag" (either male or fe-
male), and one wild steer. The steer, with a halter
and a 25-foot lead rope, is in a bucking chute at the
beginning of the event. The cowgirl holds the rope
and the cowboy and drag stand 40 feet from the
chute. When the chute gate opens, the team tries
to direct the steer toward the finish line, which is
70 feet from the chute. They must get the steer
across the finish line, mount the "drag," and then
ride back across the finish line. The "drag" must
be mounted on the steer before the steer starts
back across the finish line and must stay on the
steer until all four feet of the steer have crossed
back across the finish line.
• Barrel Race: Contestants vie for the fasted
time in running a triangular, cloverleaf pattern
around three barrels. The horse and rider are al-
lowed a running start and time begins and ends
upon crossing the starting line. A five-second
penalty is assessed for knocking over a barrel. The
pattern can be started either from the left or right,
and contestants that go off the prescribed course
• Flag Race: A triangular pattern similar to that
of the barrel race is used, with the substitution of
a pole in place of barrel number three. The two
other barrels will have a bucket that is three-
fourths full of rabbit pellets placed on top of it, and
a flag in one of these buckets. The rider may
choose to run to the right or left and as they pass
the first barrel, they pick up the flag, race past the
pole, back to the second barrel, and attempt to
place the flag in the second bucket. If the rider
knocks over the first bucket or the pole, a five-sec-
ond penalty will be assessed. If the rider does not
pick up the flag or misses the second bucket, no
time will be given. If the second bucket or barrel
is knocked over, the rider is disqualified.
• Bull Riding: The same as junior bull-riding,
only with bigger, meaner bulls. ■
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explained that while men and women compete
together in chute-dogging, the top male competi-
tor and the top female competitor both get first
place trophy buckles.
(For a profile of local IGRA competitor Charlie
Colella see Page 34.)
Miller encouraged people who might be inter-
ested in participating in rodeo come to Fort
Worth to see the sport's finest athletes and rec-
ommended the camp events for those just start-
"Try goat decorating," Miller said. "You won't
get hurt and you don't have to have the skills of
riding a horse or roping."
Nagel agreed that some camp events are great
for newcomers. But he called the wild drag race
— in which teams of three, with one of the three
in drag, work to get their member in drag on a
steer and across the finish line in the fastest time
— one of the most dangerous events on the cir-
Miller and his partner, Alan Pierce, have been
named honorary grand marshals of the rodeo.
Miller joked that it was a role he was getting very
used to filling. Two weeks ago, the pair were
grand marshals of the Alan Ross Texas Freedom
"It's an honor for us since we've been involved
since the 1980s," Miller said.
Miller was among founding members of Texas
Gay Rodeo Association in 1985 and served as its
first president. Pierce helped form the Houston
chapter while working at Bayou Landing, a coun-
try-western bar in that city.
The couple met through their work with the
rodeo and became owners of the Round-Up in
1998. They Celebrated their 26th anniversary this
Mller said the Round-Up Saloon sponsors five
participants by paying their entry fees, He said
rodeo can become an expensive sport, especially
for those traveling with their horses.
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