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Zia Regional Rodeo
June 28 - 30, 2019
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Our Rodeo Director
Rich Taylor

I was born in a small Texas town called Kerrville. My grandparents, on my Mom's side, were all horse people, so I was exposed at a young age. When I was 6 years old, I rode in my very first "rodeo". Well, actually is was more of a horse show. I remember doing pole bending, barrel racing and a horse training exercise called "western pleasure". My favorite horse's name was Coco. She was gentle but fast.

As I got older, I drifted away from horses and rodeo. I favored motorcycles and cars over horses, At 18 years old, I discovered that I was gay, and after high school, I went to college and went into the work force as a radiation protection technician. After years of moving around, I settled in New Mexico, and got a job at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos. I changed careers after I completed my Bachelor of Science degree, and started working in computer security.

In 2010, I learned about a event called "gay rodeo". I was absolutely intrigued, and went to my first gay rodeo in 2010. I was in love with the people, the sport and the unique family atmosphere. I found my rodeo family, and made many new friends. In 2015, I decided to get more involved in the rodeo. I was asked in 2015 to be the rodeo Volunteer Coordinator, which I did and loved. In 2016, I ran for the New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association's Vice President position and won that title. I worked on getting the NMGRA royalty program revitalized, which I did with lots of help! In 2017, due to our NMGRA President moving away, I stepped into the NMGRA President's role. I was re-elected in 2018, and I believe made a huge difference in getting my beloved Association back on track. After two years of being President of NMGRA, I decided not to run again. I was, however, asked to be the 2019 Zia Regional Rodeo Director, which I gladly accepted. I was truly honored to be able to help in this capacity.

Fast forward to today. With strong support in NMGRA and the rest of the rodeo community, I plan to produce the best rodeo of 2019, and the best we've seen in New Mexico in a long time. These people, from ALL International Gay Rodeo Association associations, are MY family, and I look so forward to making sure their experience, as well as YOU, the supporters of our beloved rodeo, have the very best experience. I take a huge amount of pride in this.

Remember to LOVE one another. Life is short, so take each second and cherish it.

Now, let's rodeo y'all!

Rich Taylor
2017-2018 NMGRA President
2019 Zia Regional Rodeo Director

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First posted Jul 13, 2016
Last update Feb 27, 2019