BigHorn Rodeo 2017

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 $25.00 per event per day. All entry fees paid during registration must be paid in cash, certified check, 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 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!
  • It takes more than one person to ride a bull or bronc. Show some appreciation to those that help you, as taking anyone for granted, will leave you with little assistance down the road. (Thank your stock contractor, chute crew, judges, gate pullers, rodeo clown, pick up men, and your puller/safety)



Dress Requirements

All contestants are required to wear the following when competing:

  • Must wear a long sleeve shirt for all events
  • Must wear long pants for all events
  • 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 Friday, August 18, 2017

Online Pre-Registration deadline is Friday, September 8, 2017 (9:00 p.m. PST)

Postmark deadline for Mail in Registration is Friday, September 1, 2017

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


When and Where to Register: 

Contestant registration will be held Friday, September 22, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Horseman's Park, 5800 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89122.


Who needs to Register?

  • Pre-Registered Contestants
  • New Contestants
  • Officials
  • Grand Entry Participants
  • Entertainers
  • Volunteers
  • Buddy Passes 



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.



Contestant Late Registration Policy

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.