I grew up in South Carolina, attended Clemson Univ. for a year, then entered the USAF where I worked as a jet engine mechanic. After the Air Force I went back to school and became a neonatal nurse practitioner at UNM for 30 years. I have two daughters and have been with my partner Kelly Peebles for over 23 years. I've been an active member of NMGRA since 2005 participating every year as a contestant. I'm very happy to serve as President for 2019.
D. Tony Carson is a native of SC who has lived in ABQ since late 1997. He is a professional musician working as a church music director and school music teacher. He has been involved with NMGRA for over 20 years. He has done everything from volunteer for security all the way up to Royalty. Tony and his husband, Ben Martinez, have been together since 2000 and reside in Albuquerque along with their dogs, Tucker and Yoda.
I was born and raised in Midland, Texas way back in the day. I've lived in Denver, Colorado for 10 years. 7 of the years I was a member of Colorado Gay Rodeo Association. I've been performing on stage for 24 years and am a proud trans-man. I am also a lifetime member of the United Court of Sandias, a brother and member of the Albuquerque Boys of Leather and a volunteer of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. I am a foster for Bridges to Homes, a non-profit organization who rescues any living creature. I look forward to many years serving and raising money for our community.
Brian was the President of IGRA from 2005 through 2010. He has been competing since 1995 in roping, speed, rough-stock and camp events. He is a six time international chute dogging champion (2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2013) and the current Chute Dogging Record holder, at 2.68 seconds, achieved at the Gay Games Rodeo in 2014. He is also the international Goat Dressing record holder (7.76 seconds) along with his rodeo partner Chuck Browning. By day he is a college instructor in emergency nursing, a trauma nurse specialist and an HIV Clinical Nurse Educator. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona and Santa Fe, NM with his partner Don.
Frank began his work with website design in 1996 by creating the first website for a National Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park. Later, for his work on the Park's website, he was given the prestigious "Honorary Park Ranger" award, which at that time had only been given to 120 people. Frank took over the Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association's website in 2001 and the IGRA website in 2006, holding that position for the next 6 years. During the years he has been involved with Gay Rodeo, Frank has been the webmaster for Hartland Gay Rodeo Association, The Colorado Gay Rodeo Association, Gay Games 9 Rodeo, and has assisted with services for Liberty Gay Rodeo Association and the Louisiana Gay Rodeo Association. Currently Frank's major project is GayRodeoHistory.org, a personal project he has dreamed of for 10 years. Over the last 17 years, Frank has developed or worked on over 46 different websites, mostly for small non-profit organizations. Frank enjoys horseback riding, digital photography, web design, computers and teaching what he knows to anyone willing to learn.
Last update Feb 13, 2019