Mr. IGRA 2018
Tre' Brewbaker (NMGRA)
Born and raised in El Paso, TX, Tre' Brewbaker became active in his community as a volunteer for Albuquerque's first AIDS Walk, has worked with the United Court of the Sandia's as a lifetime title holder and Albuquerque Pride as Mr. New Mexico Pride 2016. He found his home with the New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association in 2016 and fell in love with the family atmosphere immediately. He started the #YouCantStopMe Project to spreads a positive message against bullying. As a person, he focuses on being a positive influence on those around him by maintaining an optimistic attitude and always smiling. He lives by the motto, "Lead By Example." Outside of his work within the LGBT community, he has worked as a dirt track promoter and was nominated for national dirt track announcer of the year and named the youngest dirt track promoter in US history two years in a row! He met his husband, Johnathan Tackett, six years ago while attending a charity event in Texas and they will celebrate their two year wedding anniversary this October! They have two dogs, Axle and Dixie which they rescued from a shelter as puppies. When it comes to rodeo weekend, you will find Tre working with the Arena crew, competing in all of his favorite events, and helping raise money for various causes.
Mr. IGRA 2018, 1st Runner Up
Mr. IGRA 2018, 2nd Runner Up
Tony is a Saint Paul native, born and raised close to down town Saint Paul. Even with being a city boy tony has had his roots in country and rodeo lifestyle in his own life. He even wore cowboy boots to high school and listened to country music, even when it wasn't a cool thing to do. Tony joined NSGRA back in 2016. Where he started to become active with assisting other community groups in events, fundraising, and performances.
Tony started competing on the IGRA Circuit in goat dressing and wild drag. Tony received his first ribbon at the 2016 Palm Springs Rodeo in Wild drag, his first time competing in that event. Tony continued to compete during the year. Even learned how to calf rope on foot. Tony was able to compete at World Gay Rodeo Finals (WGRF) 2016 in Goat Dressing with partner Thomas McCarthy in Las Vegas Nevada. Tony, traveled to Pennsylvania to help the Key Stone Gay Rodeo Association in fundraising for their first rodeo. Tony had attended multiple conventions and also a delegate for North Star. Tony has also been alternate trustee during the year at various rodeos around the circuit. This year tony remained busy in the IGRA circuit. Competing is not the only thing Tony has done on the circuit. Tony has also timed at various rodeos during the 2017 rodeo season.
Tony Has served as the Events and Fundraising Chair for the North Star Gay rodeo Association. Tony has worked hard with fundraising not only just for North Star, but also with and other community organizations and charities around the Minneapolis/ Saint Paul area. Tony has continuously worked with the leather community, pup community, The Imperial Court of Minnesota, and other clubs in the community including North Star Gay Rodeo Associations Charity Partner, The Aliveness Project.
On behalf of every member of the North Star Gay Rodeo Association, Good luck and be safe. Here's moving forward to a Great 2018 Rodeo Season. LETS RODEO !!!!!
Miss IGRA 2018
Mipsy Mikels (Michael Butts AGRA)
She was born in Quebec, and raised in Dartmouth, Massachusetts and moved to Phoenix Arizona in 2001. Mipsy attended her first Rodeo in 2002 and was hooked. Mipsy had the honor of representing royalty at the local and international level and served on the AGRA Board of Directors as Vice President for four years. Rodeo continues to be one of her passions and she will always believe in what we continue to do for our communities.
Miss. IGRA 2018, 1st Runner Up
Marie Antoinette Du Barry (Paul Valdez NMGRA)
Miss. IGRA 2018, 2nd Runner Up
Phat Patty (Christopher Sanders NGRA)
Christopher Sanders was born in San Diego, California in the fall of 1990. A few years later, his family would move to a place he calls home; Big Bear, California. His mother grew up in Big Bear owning horses and competing in Barrel Racing and other Equine events. Though Christopher never owned a horse himself, his mother taught him how to respect and cherish these majestic creatures.
Fast forward some years and Christopher has found himself living in his new home of Las Vegas, Nevada. He met some wonderful people who helped him find a place within the Imperial Court System, where his volunteerism and charitable heart just grew. His now husband, Jason Dyer, introduced him and his mother to the Nevada Gay Rodeo Association. His mother was happy that there was a place in the western and country lifestyle that would accept her son for being who he was.
Since being introduced to the Gay Rodeo, Christopher has volunteered at every Big Horn Rodeo starting in 2012. In 2013, Phat Patty started to bust out, thanks to the help of past Miss IGRA's Sable D'Zyer and Kimberli Foxx, along with past Empress of the Imperial Court Bootsy CarMichael.
Phat Patty has been alive ever since and has been a force to reckon with by helping all those who needed it, raising money for various charities and having fun while doing so. Phat Patty became Miss Cow Patty in 2014 and started to learn what being a part of Royalty really meant.
Phat Patty loves that she has found a home in the rodeo and that everyone has accepted her for being who she is 100% of the time. When she became Miss Nevada Gay Rodeo Association 2017, her one goal was to get in the Arena, and she did exactly that. Just because she is not medically able to compete, did not deter her from achieving her goal. She volunteered as part of the Arena Crew in Denver and has now found a new love, being in the Arena and helping Rodeo run smoothly. Watch out Rodeo family, she may just become the next certified Arena Crew Coordinator.
Ms. IGRA 2018
Tamra Kelley (TGRA)
I am, a born and bred Texan! Originally from Waco, I moved to Fort Worth, in 1992 to obtain a Bachelor in Arts in Kinesiology degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. I began working behind the scenes for various charities in 1990 up until I joined TGRA in 2015. I have served as secretary for the Fort Worth Chapter and am now serving as President. I began competing in our rodeos two years ago in the chute dogging event, earning my first buckle at the Show Me State Rodeo in 2016. I am currently learning other events such as steer deco and wild drag in hopes of competing more in the years to come. It has been an exciting year for me as I am currently reigning as Ms. TGRA 2017. I look forward to supporting the IGRA organization and traveling the rodeo circuit!
Ms. IGRA 2018, 1st Runner Up
Christi Mikels (Christine Fairbrother AGRA)
Christi was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and moved to Mesa, Arizona when she was four years old. Christi grew up raising livestock as a member of the FFA. Christi was introduced to Rodeo in 2010. While attending World Gay Rodeo Finals in 2015, she decided along with her wife to run for Royalty. Christi timed at rodeos and currently serves on the AGRA Executive Board as Secretary.
MsTer. IGRA 2018
RJ Mikels (Cindy Fairbrother AGRA)
RJ was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and moved to Mesa, Arizona in 2003. RJ attended his first rodeo in Arizona in 2010 to watch a friend participate in Calf Roping on Foot. During WGRF Finals in 2015, RJ decided, along with his wife, that they would begin their journey to run for AGRA and ultimately IGRA Royalty. RJ has gotten involved in volunteering under Certified Officials in and out of the Rodeo Arena.
2018 IGRA Royalty Team Charities
Wish for Wings
Health issues make life difficult, especially for young patients. Our donors and volunteers help us bring happy moments to families in need of good news. We think of it as giving wishes wings. A 501(c)3 organization founded in 1982, a Wish with WingsTM
was Texas' first wish-granting agency. For more than 30 years, we have granted over 1,500 wishes to Texas children fighting life-threatening medical conditions.
4 Paws 4 Patriots
At 4 Paws 4 Patriots, we combine our love and respect for American Veterans/1st responders with our love and devotion to saving a shelter dog. Whenever possible, we match an individual with a rescue dog, and they go through an extensive training class together in our program. Our caring and committed training staff are volunteer trainers who teach the individual to train his or her own dog, to be a certified ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) service dog, who will assist them with their needs. This partnership of self-training enhances the human/dog bonding process which is critical as they go through our training sessions for Basic Obedience, Public Access, and individually required Task training. During this training, the Veterans/1st responders are supported not only by our devoted training staff but also by other Veterans/1st responders who have had similar life-altering experiences.
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
A Joyful Heart Foundation
Joyful Heart carries out its mission through an integrated program portfolio of healing, education, and advocacy. Our work is paving the way for innovative approaches to treating trauma, igniting shifts in the way the public views and responds to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, and reforming legislation to ensure justice for survivors.
First posted May 6, 2015
Last update Apr 18, 2018