The New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association
Rich Taylor

I am originally from Kerrville, Texas. As a kid, I was heavily involved in horses and such. Many years later, I decided to get back into rodeo, and saw the opportunity in 2016 to help with our rodeo as the volunteer coordinator for Zia Rodeo. After that, my love for rodeo has grown, and decided to run for Vice President of NMGRA. After winning that position, I have decided to focus on getting Royalty back in our association.

Tre Brubaker
Vice President

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.

Richard Wienecke


Keith joined the New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association in 2003 after having attended several Gay rodeos and feeling that Rodeo Group held many interests for him.

Keith was born in Greenville, South Carolina and was raised in a small community with wonderful friends and neighbors. He became interested in livestock and farming while a member of the Future Farmers of America where he won Top awards for livestock farming and showing his animals in the local and state Fairs. He raised one of the largest Sows in the state of South Carolina which became his beloved Pet for all of his high school years. At 16 he worked for a veterinarian where he learned to rope and ride developing skills and a love for working with animals.

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.

Jake Pilley
Rodeo Director

Jake grew up in New Mexico and has been around rodeo all his life. Rodeo is a passion of Jake's and enjoys helping put a rodeo together. He has taken on the great task of being our 2017 Rodeo Director

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 Jun 14, 2017