contestant information

New contestants


If you've never competed in gay rodeo before but have always wanted to, here's how to get started:

  • If you plan on bringing a horse for competition please see the Horse Information page.

  • All contestants must belong to an IGRA member association. You can join NGRA to qualify.

  • New contestants can register for their events at Friday evening registration - to be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Horseman's Park, 5800 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89122. All contestants must be registered by close of registration at 9:00 p.m. to compete in the Rodeo. New contestants are not required to fill out the registration form until Friday at registration.

  • You will receive a copy of the IGRA Rodeo Rulebook at registration. You can also download a copy from the IGRA website. It is your responsibility to be familiar with the requirements listed within the IGRA Rodeo Rulebook.

  • Each IGRA event is $30.00 per event per day. All entry fees paid during registration must be paid in cash, money order, or credit card. New contestants are exempt from all late registration fees.

  • Events are divided into four categories - visit the Event Descriptions page for full descriptions.


New Contestants MUST attend the New Contestant Meeting. The place and time of the meeting will be determined and announced at contestant registration.  New Contestant Meeting will he held at the Rodeo Grounds.


If this is your first time competing in an IGRA sanctioned Rough Stock events, please note the following:

It is the rider's responsibility to secure the following prior to the Saturday or Sunday Rodeo Events.

  • All necessary equipment (Rigging, Spurs, Bell, Bell Loop, Vest, Helmet, Mouthpiece, Glove, rosin, and if sharing a rigging - fill out the shared rigging form at registration).

  • Rider must secure commitments from "seasoned" Assistants to act as your Safety, and your Rigging Puller / Setter (these are not provided for you).

  • The Rider must know how to rig their own animal, and set the rigging to their specifications for a safe ride. Rider should not expect, or rely on others to do this.

  • Check in with your line up assistant behind the chutes well in advance, so you can rig your animal as soon as you can.

  • Be prepared to ride! The Chute Crew may skip a rider due to an unforeseen issue, and may be coming to you at a moment’s notice. You should have all your equipment on, and be ready!


Dress requirements


All contestants are required to wear the following when competing:

  • Must wear a long sleeve shirt for all events except for Wild Drag

  • Must wear long pants for all events except for Wild Drag

  • Must wear a western hat or helmet for all rough stock, speed and roping events.

  • Must wear contestant number on their back when competing

  • Must wear boots that minimally cover the ankle and have a heel (does not apply to camp events, but you must wear closed toed shoes).


Registration information


Online Contestant Pre-Registration opens August 17, 2019 (12:00 a.m. PST)

Online Pre-Registration deadline is September 6, 2019 (12:00 a.m. PST)

Postmark deadline for Mail in Registration is September 1, 2019

NGRA Contestant Registration
PO Box 94983
Las, Vegas, NV  89193-4983

Registration will take place on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Horseman's Park located at 5800 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89122. All contestants must be registered by close of registration at 9:00 p.m. to compete in the Rodeo.


Buddy passes


Buddy Passes will be available for $25.00 at contestant registration only. Purchaser must be accompanied by a registered contestant to qualify for a Buddy Pass.  Buddy Pass holders must adhere to the same rules as the contestant when in the chute and/or arena area.


event awards


Event Awards will be awarded to the contestants or teams achieving the best combined time or score of both go-rounds.  In the event that a contestant or team does not place in both go-rounds, awards will be presented to the best time or best score for a single go-round.  Click HERE for a description of the awards being awarded for BigHorn Rodeo 2019.

late registration policy


Per IGRA Rodeo Rules, contestants who did not pre-register and enter rough stock or roping events will be charged a flat $50 late fee. Pre-registered contestants adding rough stock or roping events will be charged a $50 late fee. 


Running order

BigHorn Rodeo Running Order can be found HERE however, is subject to change.

RV, horse & stall information


Information related to RV Space, Horse Stalls, Veterinarian and Farrier as well all other general horse information can be found HERE.


horseman's Park


For more information about Horseman's Park (rodeo ground), please visit their website.

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PO Box 94983

Las Vegas, NV 89193

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