The New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association
Keith Holtzclaw

Michael Brent
Vice President

Michael Brent was born in a small farming community in north central Kansas. His family moved to the mountains of Colorado when he was 7 years old, and he grew up on a working ranch. He was active in the FFA and Rodeo Club when he was in high school.

His first experience with gay rodeo was in the late 80's-early 90's in Colorado. His first gay bar was Charlie's in Denver, and shortly thereafter he joined the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association. Michael held the position of the Western Slope Chapter President from 1995 through 1998 when he moved to Las Vegas, NV.

Michael joined the Nevada Gay Rodeo Association and was a founding member of the Royal Sovereign Imperial Court of the Desert Empire. He became involved with the royalty as being a DJ and would haul his sound equipment near and far so that the royalty would have good sound. He was an Assistant Rodeo Director twice, and was a certified official in the International Gay Rodeo Association as being a Chute Coordinator. He worked with several gay organizations in Southern Nevada and was widely known and respected.

In 2003 Michael took a transfer to Phoenix, Arizona. He joined the Arizona Gay Rodeo Association and quickly was put to work helping make money for the organization. In June 2003, he ran for Mr. Charlie's and won and worked with the Men of Charlie's to further raise funds for the charities in the Phoenix area.

Michael has continued to work with gay rodeo and the royalty and has held the position of Vice President of AGRA in 2016-2017. He ran for Trustee for AGRA in March of 2017 and left the office of VP. He currently holds active memberships in AGRA (Champion Member), CGRA, NMGRA (VP), the Imperial Sovereign Empire of Arizona and the Cactus 4 Wheelers.

Christian Ticey

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.

Sabrina Owens

David Reiss

David moved to Santa Fe July 2017 from South Florida. Volunteered at the Santa Fe rodeo in August 2017. Lived in South Florida 1998-2017. Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Special Education Teacher/Chair for a Miami Dade County School. Currently retired and doing volunteer work at a homeless shelter and other community organizations. Acted as co-treasurer and secretary at the Florida Round-up which is a national conference for GLBT in recovery. I have now become licensed as a professional counselor in New Mexico.

Brian Helander

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 Harrell

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, 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.

First posted Jan 7, 2014
Last update Dec 13, 2018