Amateur rodeo association
And you can feel that pride as soon as you step into the arena. While the athletes here may not always be comfortable being out and proud at other rodeos around the country, this is a place where queer cowboys and cowgirls, drag queens and drag kings, all come together to compete without judgment aside from the actual judges, of course alongside their chosen rodeo family. Riders and ropers here are mostly amateur competitors and part-time athletes, many of whom grew up around livestock but have since moved to urban areas and cities. Others continue to live in remote or rural areas, embodying that truly western lifestyle.