2013 Royalty Team
Acting on behalf of the International Gay Rodeo Association, the IGRA Royalty Team is the prime source of raising money to fund a number of charities. They also create revenue to assist in operating the IGRA and accomplish all of this through a variety of methods including entertaining, soliciting corporate donations, and even car washes.
The titles of Mr., Ms., Miss, and MsTer IGRA are awarded each fall during IGRA Finals Rodeo. After serving as local royalty during the prior year, contestants compete in the five categories of Interview, Western Wear, Horsemanship, Public Presentation, and Entertainment.
To learn more about Gay Rodeo Royalty in your area, contact your local Member Association.
Follow our IGRA Royalty Team through the 2013 rodeo season. Visit their blog to read more!
IGRA Royalty Team 2013
|Mr. IGRA: Frank Thompson (OGRA)
Frank is from Macomb, Oklahoma, where he lives on the family Ranch. Starting at the age of 9, Frank won numerous awards from various Associations such as the American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, Future Farmers of American and the Oklahoma State Round Up Club’s.Frank and his family work with Redlands Collage in El Reno, Oklahoma with the process of embryo transfers with their prized herd of Show Goats & Lambs.In his spare time, Frank volunteers at the community food bank, Other Options Inc., teaching children the proper technique in showing their livestock and raising money for various organizations across Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.
|Miss IGRA: Sabel D’Zyre (NGRA)
Greetings from fabulous Las Vegas, NV, aka Sin City or The Showgirl Capital of the World! I am Sabel D’ Zyre, Miss IGRA 2013. I was born in Mexico City, Mexico on July 4, 1971. I have been in Las Vegas since 1973. In 1996, I ran off to “join the circus” and my boy persona played a 7-year stint in Orlando, FL working and performing for Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and Nickelodeon Recreation.
I returned to Las Vegas in 2004 and I joined NGRA back in 2008 after experiencing my first rodeo as a Timer for BigHorn Rodeo. I was immediately hooked! I volunteered at several rodeos across the IGRA circuit and served as Assistant Rodeo Director for BigHorn 14 & 15. I also had the privilege of representing NGRA as part of their 20th Anniversary Team as Miss NGRA 2012.My “drag career” began back in 1993, when I ran for the title of Miss Vegas Gay Pride for Las Vegas’ first Pride Pageant competition and won. During the competition, I was asked a question by the then current Miss Gay Las Vegas, Tasha Lee, that I’ve never forgotten. “What qualities do you think the winner of Miss Vegas Gay Pride should embody?” My answer was simple, and it applies today. I said, “I think the qualities she should embody are the qualities all of us contestants should embody – irrespective of our entertainment vehicle.” What I mean with that is that we are volunteers donating our time, talents, and resources to help our associations grow that, in turn, help our LGBT Communities thrive. I plan to carry that mantra onto the IGRA Rodeo Circuit as well. We don’t do this for the accolades or even recognition. We do it because we love our community, our organization, and we come from a selfless place to achieve this. This question, I think, echoes my sentiments and has shaped how I see this roller coaster we call fundraising for charity. I am so honored, and excited, to be in the company of Frank, Laine, John, & Curtiss as part of the 2013 IGRA Royalty Team.
1st Runners Up
|Mr. IGRA 1st Runner Up: John Beck (CGRA)
John is a member of the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association. John began competing in gay rodeo at the early National Reno Gay Rodeos, prior to the formation of IGRA. Although John is a very active and recognized rodeo contestant, he is no stranger to IGRA Royalty. John was Mr. IGRA 1986-87 1st RU and Mr. IGRA 1987-88 2nd RU. Needless to say John has experience in almost every aspect of IGRA, and is always willing to share that with anyone that’s interested.
|Miss IGRA 1st Runner Up: Laine Weston (MGRA)
2nd Runners Up
|Mr. IGRA Second Runner Up: Curtiss Lewis (NGRA)
|Board Liaison: Gene Fraikes (TGRA)
I first got involved with IGRA when I joined the Texas Gay Rodeo Association back in 1998. I competed in my first rodeo and I was hooked. Over the last 15 years I have competed in many many rodeos and have won several buckles. I have been invited to IGRA Finals rodeo numerous times. But above all of this I learned the meaning of friendship and helping others.
In TGRA I have served in most positions at the Chapter Board level as well as Vice President and Trustee on the TGRA State Board of Trustees. In 2000 I got involved with TGRA’s royalty program and became Mr. TGRA 2001. Then as some of us Mr’s do I ran for Miss TGRA 2007 and became 1st runner up. Can you believe it, I got beat by a REAL drag queen…go figure.As Vice President of IGRA I hope to bring a unique combination of contestant, royalty and operational experience to IGRA and continue a long legacy of great accomplishments. So, be looking for some new ideas and amazing results from IGRA in 2013.