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WGRF Grand Marshals

World Gay Rodeo Finals®

October 24-27, 2019
16601 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

With great pleasure, the WGRF Committee announces election of the following esteemed individuals to serve as marshals at the World Gay Rodeo Finals this year in Scottsdale:


Grand Marshal - John Beck

Rodeo competitor since 1983 and member of the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association, John is a legend in his own time with experience and history dating to the earliest days of gay rodeo in the United States. Former All-around Cowboy with innumerable buckles, awards, and achievements amassed over the years. He's known for a keen sense of humor, dedication, and devotion to IGRA, the future of gay rodeo, and preserving the tribulations and triumphs of its past.

More about John can be found in the IGRA Hall of Fame


Honorary Grand Marshal - Dere Newman

Dere Newman and her company, Mr. Longarm, have been avid supporters of contestants and local association rodeos as well as the World Gay Rodeo Finals. Her personal involvement, and the support from Mr. Longarm over many years, has contributed substantially to the viability of rodeo overall. Dere and her patronage contribute greatly to invaluable awareness & public support.


Community Hero - Ron Wilcox

Lovingly known as Daddy Ron, Mr. Wilcox heads NuTowne Saloon in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been a cornerstone of support for many a charitable cause in the LGBTQ community over many years, as well as to the International Gay Rodeo Association and the Arizona Gay Rodeo Association.

First posted Jul 20, 2019
Last update Aug 1, 2019