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These are the rule changes as passed by the 2016 IGRA Convention.

Bold text indicates new wording.
Underlined text indicates material to be removed.

Each voted-on item is separated by a horizontal rule.

Some of the items were edited during convention so some of the old text may have already been removed.

Some formatting may be a bit difficult to read due to the method used to assemble this page. All formatting and line numbering has been straightened out on the new rule page

Items are sorted by committee name.

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Animal Issues

 

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 RODEO RULE IX – RODEO LIVESTOCK REQUIREMENTS

 11. If an animal is injured during an event, it shall be removed as soon as possible from the arena to a place as isolated and comfortable as possible to reduce stress to the animal. Each rodeo shall provide a method and the equipment necessary to remove injured animals from the arena; as well as a designated area available to treat any animal that may be injured.


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RODEO RULE IX – RODEO LIVESTOCK REQUIREMENTS

13. Livestock shall be transported in a safe and humane manner in accordance with local state, provincial and federal laws.

Arena Crew Coordinator

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RULE XXVII ARENA CREW COORDINATOR (Standing Rules page 68)

Section 1.   Responsibilities.

A. Coordinate the quick and efficient setup of the arena for speed events, camp events, and Chute Dogging. all required events per specification and measurements detailed in the Rodeo Rule Book to ensure safe and fair competition.

B. Assist the Arena Director in any other areas, as requested.

C. Recruit volunteers for each rodeo.

D. Direct Arena Crew volunteers to ensure smooth and timely transition between events.

E. Prior to the first go-around, consult with the Arena Director and the Contestant Liaison, if available, to determine the stopping and timing light distance for speed events based on the arena size.

F. Prior to the first go-around, ensure all necessary equipment is present and meets specifications.

 Section 2.      Certification.

A. Refer to Standing Rule XX, Section 3. A. 9 regarding previous experience.

B. Applicants must have been an:

1. Arena Crew volunteer for a minimum of three (3) IGRA-sanctioned rodeos.

2. Assistant Arena Crew Coordinator for a minimum of three (3) IGRA-sanctioned rodeos.

3. Assistant Arena Director for a minimum of one (1) IGRA-sanctioned rodeos.

 Section 3.  Recertification.

A. Refer to Standing Rule XX, Section 7, for recertification process general requirements.

B. Applicants must have served as one of the following at a minimum of one (1) IGRA-sanctioned rodeo, excluding Finals Rodeo:

1. Arena Director

2. Assistant Arena Director

3. Arena Crew Coordinator

4. Assistant Arena Crew Coordinator

 RULE IV—GENERAL RULES (Rodeo Rules page 103)

 28. A meeting under the direction of the Rodeo Secretary will be held within thirty (30) minutes after the close of rodeo registration. The following rodeo personnel and their assistants will attend: Judges, Scorekeepers, Timers, Announcers, Arena Director, Arena Crew Coordinator (if applicable), Chute Coordinator, Rodeo Director, Rodeo Review Trustee, and the Rodeo Checklist Trustee. Any of these officials unable to attend this meeting due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. flight delay, etc.) will be briefed by another rodeo official prior to the start of the first rodeo event on any discussions that took place. The purpose of this meeting will be to clearly inform and define each person’s duties and responsibilities and to make known any special situations that may take place.

 RULE VII – ASSOCIATION REQUIREMENTS (Rodeo Rules page 108)

 7. Rodeo Officials

a. IGRA–certified officials (must be in all arenas of a rodeo).

i. Arena Director.

ii. Chute Coordinator.

iii. Secretary.

iv. Scorekeeper.

v. Judges. Must be a minimum of three (3) Judges, two of whom must be Senior Judges. The Rodeo Director will designate one of the Senior Judges as Head Judge. There must be at least one Senior Judge and no more than one Rookie Judge sharing the officiating in every arena in every rodeo event.

b. Non–certified officials

i. Rodeo Director.

ii. Three (3) Timers.

c. Optional non-certified officials

i. Arena Crew Coordinator (refer to Standing Rule XXVII).

d. Although IGRA is responsible for appointing a certified Rodeo Auditor for each IGRA–sanctioned rodeo, the Rodeo Auditor is also recognized as a certified rodeo official.

 

 

Bylaws

Proposal BSR-01

 Page 22, Article X, Section 9, Paragraph B

 ARTICLE X – TRUSTEES

Section 9.                    Duties.

 Paragraph B.   Disputes.

 Any and all disputes arising over interpretation of the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Resolutions of Annual Convention, Resolutions of the Board of Directors, Resolutions of the Trustees, Standing Rules and Procedures, Code of Ethics and Sportsmanship, and Rules of Sanctioned Rodeos shall be resolved by the Trustees.  No interpretation of a rule can effectively change a rule; it can only assist in clarification.

 

 

Proposal BSR-04

 Page 5, Article IV, Section 7, New Paragraph B

 ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP

 Section 7.                    Membership Renewals.

 Paragraph A.   The Membership Committee will consider a Member Association’s renewal request when the Secretary has received all of the following:

 1.           Completed renewal application (Exhibit A1).

2.           Copy of board resolution releasing geographic territory of existing Member or Recognized Association and corresponding letter, if applicable.

3.           Provide proof of active or good standing from state or province.

4.           Documentation proving not–for–profit or nonprofit corporation.

5.           Copy of current bylaws.

6.           List of current officers.

7.           Membership list dated within thirty (30) days prior to the renewal deadline.

8.           Verified funds in the amount of six hundred dollars ($600.00) paid to IGRA for annual dues.

9.           Verified funds paid to IGRA for any outstanding fees, fines, assessments, or monies due.

 Paragraph B. A Member Association requesting renewal must meet the requirement for members in good standing as specified in Article IV, Section 5, Paragraph D.  Membership list must be formatted in accordance with the requirements of Standing Rule IX, Section 1, Paragraph B. 

 

Proposal BSR-05

 Page 23, Article X, Section 9, Paragraph G, Number 1

 ARTICLE X – TRUSTEES

Section 9.                    Duties.

 Paragraph G.   Rodeo Review Board (RRB).

 1.           The Trustees present will conduct a Rodeo Review Board (RRB) meeting at the conclusion of every rodeo, but no sooner than thirty (30) minutes after the conclusion of all events final results have been posted

 

 

Proposal BSR-09

 Page 22, Article X, Section 9, Paragraph B

 ARTICLE X – TRUSTEES

 Section 9.                    Duties.

 Paragraph A.   General.

 The Trustees shall be responsible for interpretation and administration of all Rodeo, Dance, and Royalty Competition Rules, review and approval of variances for all rodeos, and oversight and ruling on matters of conduct for competitors and officials.

 Paragraph B.   Disputes.

 Any and all disputes arising over interpretation of the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Resolutions of Annual Convention, Resolutions of the Board of Directors, Resolutions of the Trustees, Standing Rules and Procedures, Code of Ethics and Sportsmanship, and Rules of Sanctioned Rodeos shall be resolved by the Trustees.  Consideration of any such dispute shall require a majority of the Board of Trustees. 

 

 

Proposal BSR-11

 Page 9, Article VI

 ARTICLE VI – ANNUAL CONVENTION

 Section 1.                    Time and Place.

 Paragraph A.   The annual convention (Annual Convention) shall be held within the last two months of the rodeo year and may not be scheduled within seventeen (17) days of IGRA University, Finals Rodeo, or any other IGRA–sanctioned rodeo.

 Paragraph B.   Annual Convention shall be hosted by a Member Association.

 Paragraph C.   The Executive Board shall set a minimum delegate fee prior to proposal submissions.

 Paragraph D.   A Member Association wishing to host Annual Convention shall submit a proposal to the Executive Board no later than sixty (60) days prior to the current year’s convention. If fewer than two proposals are submitted prior to the 60–day deadline, additional proposals may be accepted at convention.

 Paragraph E.   The location of Annual Convention shall be voted on at Annual Convention two (2) years prior.  If a location is not selected two (2) years prior, it shall be decided at Annual Convention one (1) year prior.  Presentations by Member Associations shall be limited to 15 minutes.

 Paragraph F.    If no proposals are received or if no proposals are accepted by Annual Convention, IGRA shall assume responsibility for producing Annual Convention.

 

 

Hall Of Fame

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 Rule XVII   IGRA Hall of Fame, Section 8

 Section 8. Induction Ceremony.

 The Hall of Fame induction ceremony shall take place at Annual Convention.  If the inductee is able to attend the award ceremony and is not already a delegate to the IGRA convention, IGRA will cover the inductee’s expense for any associated meal. IGRA will also cover the meal cost for the inductee’s spouse or significant other if he/she is not already a delegate to the IGRA convention. In the case of a posthumous induction, a maximum of two (2) meals will be covered for the heirs of the inductee.

 

 

New Business

Proposal NB-02

 Page 30, Article XII, Section 2, Paragraph C

 ARTICLE XII – COMMITTEES

 Section 11.                  Finals Rodeo Committee.

 Paragraph A.   Appointment.

 The Executive Board shall appoint a committee to administer the IGRA Finals Rodeo.  The committee shall include the contestant liaison.

 Paragraph B.   Duties.

 The Finals Rodeo Committee shall be responsible for working with the co–hosting association to produce the IGRA Finals Rodeo.  Duties of IGRA, the Finals Rodeo Committee, and co–hosting association shall be determined by mutual agreement.

 Page 52-53, Rule XIV

 RULE XIV   INTERNATIONAL FINALS RODEO FINALS RODEO

 Section 1.        The International Finals Rodeo (Finals Rodeo) shall be hosted by IGRA.  IGRA shall be responsible for all revenues and expenses.

 Section 1.        IGRA shall host Finals Rodeo and shall be responsible for its branding as World Gay Rodeo Finals. 

 Section 2.        IGRA shall be responsible for all revenues and expenses of Finals Rodeo.

 

 Page 70, Rule XXIII, Section 2, Paragraph E

 

RULE XXIII   JUDGES CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

 Section 2.        Certification.

 A.          Senior Judge.

1.           There must be at least one Senior Judge and no more than one Rookie Judge sharing the officiating in every arena in every rodeo event.

2.           Only Senior Judges may be invited to or serve as a Rodeo Judge at the IGRA World Gay Rodeo Finals Rodeo.

 Page 120-124, Rule XIV

 RULE XIV – RODEO AWARDS

 3.     Event Ribbons and Medallions

a.      Host association will award ribbons to the first five (5) places per go–round per event and to the All–Around Champions and their four (4) runners–up.  Medallions for IGRA–sanctioned rodeo events will be restricted to the World Gay Rodeo Finals Rodeo.

 

NB-03

 Resolution

 Resolved, That the IGRA Web site prominently indicate (on the home page or in the About Us section, for example) that IGRA is an organization that welcomes and is inclusive of all sexual orientations.

 

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 RULE III – RULES FOR EVENTS

 1.         ROUGH STOCK EVENTS

A.        General Rules for Rough Stock Riding Events

 

6.  A qualified ride will be timed for six (6) seconds

a)  Time begins when the animal’s inside shoulder passes the plane of the chute gate. The inside shoulder is the shoulder farthest from the gate.

b) One non–rookie Judge shall serve as the official timer, second Judge is backup timer.  The backup stopwatch will only be used if the Judge with the official stopwatch time was unable to obtain an accurate time for any reason.

c)  Time will stop once the contestant touches the ground or has been disqualified.  Judges shall stop their stopwatches when, in their opinion, the contestant has been disqualified for any reason. In either instance where time is six (6) seconds or more, contestant shall be entitled to a score.

d) If the horn, whistle, or buzzer sounds earlier than the required six (6) seconds, the contestant will be scored if there are at least four (4) seconds on the official stopwatch.  If there are less than four (4) seconds on the official stopwatch, the contestant will be offered a reride or no score.

 

B.              Bull and Steer Riding

 7. Rider will receive a score of zero (0) for being bucked off prior to six (6) second and will be disqualified for any of the following offenses:

a)      Touching the animal, equipment, hat, ground, or person with the free hand or arm.  The Judges will give consideration to a rider who is sitting up and in control if they touch the head or horns of a bull or steer (that slings or throws its head) in a manner not to regain balance or aid their ride.

b)      Grabbing hold of the fence or chute gate or pushing on the fence or chute gate to regain balance and assist the ride after crossing plane of the chute gate.

c)      Using sharp spurs.

d)      Placing spurs or chaps under the rope when the rope is tightened.

e)      Using suicide wraps.

f)       Not having a bell on bull/steer rope for the full six (6) second ride.

 

C. Bareback Bronc Riding:

 

10.  Judges may disqualify riders for the following reasons.

 

a)      If rigging comes off the horse.

b)      Touching the animal, equipment, hat, ground, or person with free hand or arm.

c)      Grabbing hold of the fence or chute gate or pushing on the fence or chute gate to regain balance and assist the ride after crossing plane of the chute gate.

d)      Riding with locked rowels.

e)      If, in the Judge’s opinion, the rider’s rowels are too sharp.

f)       Not following the Judges instruction to take feet from the neck of the horse stalled in chute.

g)      Spurring behind the break of the horse’s shoulders.

E. Ranch Saddle Bronc Riding

            10. Ride as ride can.  The contestant must maintain hold with one hand on the hack rein. 

11. The contestant may place their other hand in any position they choose during the event.  Time does not stop, and there is no disqualification because of the contestant’s other hand position or for touching any part of the animal, their person, their clothing, or equipment. 

12.  Rider will receive a score of zero (0) for being bucked off prior to six (6) second and will be disqualified for any of the following offenses:

a. If rigging comes off the horse.

b. Losing hold of the hack rein.

b. Grabbing hold of the fence or chute gate or pushing on the fence or chute gate to regain balance and assist the ride after time starts.

c.  Riding with locked rowels.

d.  If, in the Judge’s opinion, the rider’s rowels are too sharp.

e.  Use of improper rigging as defined in rules 1-8 above. 

 

 

 

BYLAWS - ARTICLE XII - COMMITTEES

 Section 16.   Rodeo Officials Committee (ROC)

 Paragraph A.   Composition.

 The committee shall consist of:

 1.         The Trustee Chairperson

2.         The Trustee Division Vice Chairpersons

3.         One representative lead person from each of the four (4) certification areas

 Paragraph B.   Appointment

 The President shall appoint the ROC Chairperson and the representatives from the four (4) certification areas, subject to the Board of Trustees approval, by their first regularly scheduled meeting of the rodeo year.

 Paragraph C.   The chairperson shall be the representative from one of the certification areas.

 Paragraph D.   Individual certification areas shall be known as sub committees of the Rodeo Officials Committee.

 

 

 

Rodeo Rules

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 RULE III – RULES FOR EVENTS

1.     Rough Stock Events

F. CHUTE DOGGING

9. A disqualification (DQ) will be given for any of the following.

a)         If the steer is dogged prior to the line/finish judge’s whistle.

b)         Unnecessary roughness or intentional harm to the steer.

c)         Tripping or flipping in an unskilled and dangerous manner.

d)         Utilization of steer’s head and/or horns in the dirt in a manner to flip the steer.

e)         Contestant coach touching the animal while or after the chute gate has been signaled by the contestant to be opened.

f)         Losing contact with the steer such that no part of the contestant is touching any part of the steer.

g) A “dog fall” (dog fall defined as head under the in opposite direction of one or more legs)  Steer lying on its side, or on its back, other than as described as legal in Rule 8 (above).

h)         Contestant placing finger(s) in the steer’s eye(s).

 

 

 

RR-01

 RULE III – RULES FOR EVENTS

1.     Rough Stock Events

F. CHUTE DOGGING

9. A disqualification (DQ) will be given for any of the following.

a)         If the steer is dogged prior to the line/finish judge’s whistle.

b)         Unnecessary roughness or intentional harm to the steer.

c)         Tripping or flipping in an unskilled and dangerous manner.

c)         Tripping, which is anytime a contestant in any way entangles the feet of the animal causing it to fall down for any reason. 

d)         Flipping, which is anytime the animal goes end over end for any reason.

d)         Utilization of steer’s head and/or horns in the dirt in a manner to flip the steer.

e)         Contestant coach touching the animal while or after the chute gate has been signaled by the contestant to be opened.

f)         Losing contact with the steer such that no part of the contestant is touching any part of the steer.

g)         A “dog fall” (dog fall defined as head under the in opposite direction of one or more legs) 

h)         Contestant placing finger(s) in the steer’s eye(s).

 

RR-02

 RULE VII – ASSOCIATION REQUIREMENTS

3. Liability Insurance Policies

a.  Shall provide the Administrative Assistant a certificate of liability coverage on the stock contractor’s liability policy. Host Association’s legal business name and “International Gay Rodeo Association, Inc.” must be listed as additional insured. This must be received by the Administrative Assistant no less than 12 days prior to the first rodeo performance. 

b. The host association will be fined one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) if a certificate of liability is not provided to the administrative assistant. A second non–compliance will result in a two thousand dollar ($2,000.00) fine and suspension from hosting an IGRA–sanctioned rodeo the following year

For every day the certificate of liability coverage is late, the host association will be fined fifty ($50) dollars per day.  If the Certificate of Insurance is not received 3 business days prior to registration, the association will be fined an additional $1,000.  In addition IGRA will purchase a liability insurance policy, for the stock contractor, at the expense of the host association. 

 

RR-04

 VII Association Requirements

16.       Horse Warm–up Arena

a.         When rodeo facilities do not have a safe and adequately graded warm–up area, the Arena Director will ensure that contestants with horses receive a ten (10) minute warm–up in the arena prior to any horse event.   It is up to each rodeo committee to provide safe and adequate warm up opportunities for horse events be it a designated warm up area or 10 minute warm up in the competition arena prior to roping or speed events.  Individual warm ups for event are not required when the line up is such that two roping or two speed events run consecutively.

b.         Contestants are required to stay out of the immediate race pattern.

 

 

RR-05

  RULE III – RULES FOR EVENTS

2. ROPING EVENTS

1.  At the start of the event, the finish flag Judge, will be mounted on horseback and positioned in the arena on the header box side in a consistent place in the best available viewing position that does not interfere with the motion of the animals. 

 

 

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RULE XIV – RODEO AWARDS

 7. Circuit Champion Awards

c.  The Circuit All–Around Champion Cowboy and Cowgirl will be awarded to the contestants that earn the highest cumulative points in their combined events for the rodeo year inclusive of Finals Rodeo day money. To qualify for this category, the contestant must have competed in at least one (1) event from each category and placed in at least one (1) event from each category during the rodeo year.  To qualify for this category, the contestant must have competed in three (3) of the four (4) categories of events and place first through eighth (1st through 8th) in two (2) of those categories during the year.

 

 

RR-07

 Rule VII - Association Requirements

 25. Contestant/Certified Official Packet

 a. Host association will provide maps on blue paper with the names and locations of the nearest medical facilities to the host hotel and rodeo site and on the reverse side of the blue sheet, one edition of the Health & Safety newsletter, (a.k.a. Horse Sense) a copy of the IGRA injury report form available from the IGRA Web site, so that contestants, officials and volunteers may self-report any injury that may occur. Additional maps will be prepared and kept with secretarial to give to those officials and volunteers who request a copy.

 

 

 

Correction: RR-10 did not pass

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 RULE VII ASSOCIATION REQUIREMENTS

7. Rodeo Officials

E. World Gay Rodeo Finals: For the Arena Director, Chute Coordinator, Secretary, and Scorekeeper, the Rodeo Director is responsible to ensure that an additional certified official for each position is present at the rodeo who could take their place if necessary.

 

                                                 

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RULE I - CONTESTANT REQUIREMENTS

14. Rough Stock Event Contestant Dress Code

c. Sleeves cannot be rolled or pushed up, with the exception of the riding arm(s) in Bull Riding, Steer Riding, and Bareback Bronc Riding, and Ranch Saddle Bronc Riding.

17. Rough Stock Riding Requirements

a. Have all required equipment for their events.

i. Appropriate rigging for the event in good condition.

ii. Glove for riding hand(s) (optional for Ranch Saddle Bronc Riding).

iii. Bull bell and bell loop to attach bell to rigging loop.

iv. Nylon latigos for Bareback Bronc Riding.

v. Saddle, halter, and bronc rein for Ranch Saddle Bronc Riding.

vi. Pre-arranged assistant to help pull your rigging.

vii. Pre-arranged assistant to act as "safety" while setting your ride.

vii. Optional third assistant for Ranch Saddle Bronc Riding.

b. Filled out shared rigging form for all events they are sharing a rigging for.

c. Know all rules posted in the IGRA rulebook, under their events, the Timers, Scorekeepers, and Judges sections as well.

d. Ensure their animal is rigged when the Chute Coordinator or line-up coordinator assigns the contestant their animal.

e. Make sure the rigging is set correctly to allow the "puller” to be able to pull. This should ensure there are no twists in the loop of the rigging.

f. Properly adjust the "loop” in the rigging to adjust for varying sizes of stock and to be sure when you "wrap" you have enough tail.

 RULE II - APPROVED EVENTS

1. ROUGH STOCK EVENTS

a. Bull Riding

b. Bareback Bronc Riding

c. Steer Riding

d. Chute Dogging

e. Ranch Saddle Bronc Riding

 RULE III - RULES FOR EVENTS

1. ROUGH STOCK EVENTS

A. General Rules for Rough Stock Riding Events

1. Any animal that becomes excessively excited or aggressive so that it gets down in the chute repeatedly, or tries to jump out of the chute, or in any way appears to be in danger of injuring itself or the contestant, should be released immediately and pulled from competition by the Chute Coordinator and Arena Director and the rider given a new animal.

2. All animals used in the bucking chutes must face the hinged end of the gate before exiting the chute in their respective event.

3. It is the contestant’s responsibility to have all necessary equipment needed for their respective rough stock riding events and be fully prepared for their event when called on by the Chute Coordinator. Refer to the outline in rodeo resources titled Rough Stock Riding Requirements.

4. Providing that the Scorekeeper and Announcer are notified prior to the change, actual exit order from the chutes may be changed by the Chute Coordinator in consideration of contestant/stock/staff safety, equipment failure, or overall flow of the rodeo.

5. At the Chute Coordinator’s discretion, any rough stock riding animal stalling in the chute may be pulled from competitive stock for the remainder of the rodeo and the contestant given a new animal.

6. A qualified ride will be timed for six (6) seconds

a) Time begins when the animal’s inside shoulder passes the plane of the chute gate. The inside shoulder is the shoulder farthest from the gate.

b) One non-rookie Judge shall serve as the official timer, second Judge is backup timer. The backup stopwatch will only be used if the Judge with the official stopwatch time was unable to obtain an accurate time for any reason.

c) Time will stop once the contestant touches the ground or has been disqualified. Judges shall stop their stopwatches when, in their opinion, the contestant has been disqualified for any reason. In either instance where time is six (6) seconds or more, contestant shall be entitled to a score.

d) If the horn, whistle, or buzzer sounds earlier than the required six (6) seconds, the contestant will be scored if there are at least four (4) seconds on the official stopwatch. If there are less than four (4) seconds on the official stopwatch, the contestant will be offered a reride or no score.

7. An audible horn will sound the completion of the required time (plus one second). Rider will be scored additional points for spurring, and fewer points for any loss of control. Rider will receive a score if he/she is in the air but has not hit the ground at the completion of the official time as determined by the Judge(s).

8. It is recommended, but not required, that all contestants planning on participating in either Bull Riding, or Bareback Bronc Riding, or Ranch Saddle Bronc Riding have successfully completed two (2) qualified rides at a previous IGRA-sanctioned rodeo in Steer Riding, attended an IGRA-approved rodeo school, or have previous experience in these events outside of IGRA.

9. If a rider makes three (3) valid efforts to get out on a chute-fighting animal and is unable to do so, the contestant will be offered a new animal by the Chute Coordinator and/or Arena Director.

10. A qualified ride shall be scored a maximum of fifty (50) points by each Judge; one (1) to twenty-five (25) points for the animal and one (1) to twenty-five (25) points for the rider. Judges may use .1 through .9 along with regular score (e.g. Bareback Bronc Riding, 17.2 for contestant, 17.4 for animal, for a total of 34.6). This will help eliminate ties in these events. A score of zero (0) will be used for a no ride, and a "DQ" for a disqualification. If one Judge gives a "DQ", then the contestant is disqualified. The reason for the disqualification shall be noted on the Judges' score sheet.

11. Hooks, rings, or knots will not be used on bull ropes.

12. No hot shots will be used on an animal once it is loaded in the chute. Hot shots may not be used to enhance the performance of an animal.

13. The Chute Coordinator must disqualify a contestant who has been assigned an animal and cannot provide rigging (unless registered shared rigging is used) or who has been advised he/she is next to go and he/she is not over their assigned animal with glove on when the previous animal and/or contestant leaves the arena. No more than two (2) contestants may share a single rigging in any event.

14. Contestants competing in rough stock riding events are allowed one person to pull their rigging and another person to act as "safety” behind the chute. It is the contestant’s sole responsibility to provide these individuals. A contestant in Ranch Saddle Bronc Riding is allowed one additional individual to assist with rigging.

15. No one will be allowed to "ride the gate” as it is being opened.

16. Rough stock events require two (2) Judges.

E. Ranch Saddle Bronc Riding

1. A standard working saddle must be used, and no saddle bronc rigging is allowed.

2. Hobbling of one or both stirrups is not allowed.

3. Horse has to be saddled, as he/she would be for everyday use. Saddled for everyday use means that stirrups have no binding in order to hold stirrups forward, nor can they be hobbled under the horses girth.

4. Flank cinch must be hobbled to front cinch with hobble strap no longer than 10 inches.

5. Rope must be free except for the rope strap, no tying rope to anything but the rope strap.

6. Stirrup leathers must be standard leathers.

7. Saddle blankets or pads should not be used.

8. Saddles should have full or 7/8 double rigging. No centerfire or 5/8 or 3/4 rigging allowed.

9. Saddles will be inspected by the a certified official in the bucking chute for compliance with rules 1-8 above.

10. Ride as ride can. The contestant must maintain hold with one hand on the hack rein.

11. The contestant may place their other hand in any position they choose during the event. Time does not stop, and there is no disqualification because of the contestant’s other hand position or for touching any part of the animal, their person, their clothing, or equipment.

12. Rider will receive a score of zero (0) for being bucked off prior to six (6) second and will be disqualified for any of the following offenses:

a. If rigging comes off the horse.

b. Grabbing hold of the fence or chute gate or pushing on the fence or chute gate to regain balance and assist the ride after time starts.

c. Riding with locked rowels.

d. If, in the Judge’s opinion, the rider’s rowels are too sharp.

e. Use of improper rigging as defined in rules 1-8 above.

 

RULE VII - ASSOCIATION REQUIREMENTS

5. Approved Rodeo Events

a. Each rodeo must provide:

i. Three (3) Rough Stock events.

ii. Bareback Bronc Riding or Ranch Saddle Bronc Riding can be added as additional 4th rough stock event.

iii. Three (3) Roping events.

iv. Three (3) Speed events.

v. Three (3) Camp events.

9. Rodeo Safety Personnel

a. Provide professional, qualified and experienced bullfighter for Bull Riding, Steer Riding, and Chute Dogging events.

b. Provide minimum of two (2) professional, qualified, and experienced pickup personnel for Bareback Bronc Riding and Ranch Saddle Bronc Riding.

 

Community Outreach (Royalty)

 

PROPOSAL COFR – 01

 

Page 45, Rule VII, Section 7, New Paragraph B

 RULE VII SELECTION OF MR/MS/MISS/MSTER IGRA

 Section 7.   Contestant Requirements.

 A.    All contestants must be the current and official titleholder or 1st runner-up of a Member Association.  Each association can send up to two representatives in each category.

B.     All contestants must submit to the IGRA Vice President, along with their royalty application, the following items:

a.      At least one high resolution, professional quality portrait photograph.  Cell phone pictures, point and shoot selfie pictures, or poorly lit snapshots are not acceptable.

b.     A contestant biography of approximately 200 word narrative.  A simple list of accomplishments or titles held is not acceptable.

 

 

 

Proposal COFR-02

Page 27, Article XII, Section 6, Paragraph A

ARTICLE XII - COMMITTEES

 

Section 6.            Community Outreach/Fundraising/Gender Diversity Committee.

Paragraph A.   Appointment.

 The current Mr./Ms./Miss./MsTer IGRA shall co-chair the committee with the first and second runners-up serving as committee members. The Vice President shall act as liaison to the Board of Directors. If there is no IGRA royalty, the Vice President shall be the chairperson. Additional committee members may be appointed by the President.

 

 

 

 

Proposal COFR - 03

 

Page 44, Rule VII, Section 8, Paragraph B:

RULE VII SELECTION OF MR/MS/MISS/MSTER IGRA

Section 8. Distribution of monies.

 B. The two hundred fifty dollar ($250.00) minimum raised by all royalty contestants for IGRA will be split as follows: twenty-five percent (25%) to charity, fifty percent (50%) to IGRA, and twenty-five percent (25%) to the IGRA Royalty Travel Fund. The Charity or charities will be determined by the Board of Directors, upon recommendation from the current IGRA Royalty Team, at the first Board of Directors meeting of the rodeo year Annual Convention.

 

 

Women's Outreach

 

Proposal WO-01

Page 30, Article XII, Section 12

 Section 12.   Women of Gay Rodeo Committee   IGRA Women’s Outreach Committee

 Paragraph A.   Appointment.

 The President shall appoint a committee chairperson and shall request each Member Association to provide a representative to the committee, which will meet the day prior to the start of Annual Convention.

 

Paragraph B.   Duties.

 1. Develop and hold educational seminars, one of which will be held at IGRA University. 2. Develop and maintain a mentoring program for women in rodeo.

3. Create educational materials to promote the above.