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2016 July, Santa Fe to Host Silver Anniversary Zia Regional Rodeo

July 19, 2016: The New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association (NMGRA) announces that the “Zia Regional Rodeo” will be held on August 13 and 14, 2016 at the Rodeo de Santa Fe Grounds. The 2016 Grand Marshalls will be long time Zia Rodeo supporters Kelly Peebles and Keith Holtzclaw of Belen, New Mexico. The 2016 Community Hero will be Randy Randall, Executive Director of TOURISM Santa Fe. This is the rodeo’s twenty fifth Anniversary and is put on as a charity fundraiser for New Mexico charities

The Zia Rodeo competition is one stop along the way of a season-long series of rodeo competition across the U.S. and Canada that will bring the top 20 cowboys and cowgirls in each of the 13 rodeo events to qualify for the World Gay Rodeo Finals to be held in Las Vegas in October 2016.

Gay Rodeo events include animal friendly calf, team roping, barrel racing, and the rough stock events bull riding and steer riding. There are also three special “camp” events that are sure to entertain the crowd including the amazing and fun Wild Drag Race. A team of three tries to get a fully costumed “drag” contestant mounted on the back of a bucking steer. If you’ve never seen the hilarious and unpredictable Wild Drag Race, now is your chance. There will be food, drink, light alcohol, and western retail vendors in addition to all the exciting rodeo action.

NMGRA will also hold a country western dance on Saturday night and Rodeo School on August 12. Visit for more information on how to attend, participate and volunteer.


Media Contacts:
John Feins
Tel: 505 955 6221

Brian Helender
NMGRA Media Relations & PR Director
Tel: 602 320 7136

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