World Gay Rodeo comes to Albuquerque
October 21, 2017 05:23 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A different kind of rodeo is in the Duke City this weekend.
The 31st Gay Rodeo Finals are being held at Expo New Mexico, with more than 100 men and women competing in 11 traditional rodeo events.
Breana Knight came from Denver to compete in steer riding.
“This is a history, this is a lineage,” Knight said. “We are just as much athletes. I’ve put in a significant amount of training time to be here and be in the best shape I can be to compete at this level.”
There are also three camp events which can only be seen as part of the Gay Rodeo, including the Wild Drag Race.
Jerry Cunningham – a rodeo clown and bullfighter from Denver – said anyone is welcome at the Gay Rodeo.
“It’s a place where we can come be who we are and not feel like we’re going to be judged or marginalized in any way,” Cunningham said.
The Gay Rodeo is being held for a good cause – raising money for different charities. Rodeo Director Marcus “Boogie” Hood said the rodeo goes to different cities, but this is the first time it’s visited Albuquerque since 1998.
“The weather is beautiful. The people here in the community are outstanding. They to do anything they can to help us out and make us feel welcome,” he said. “It’s just a great city to be here.”
The World Gay Rodeo Finals continues through Sunday at Expo New Mexico. Tickets are $20 for those interested in going.
Updated: October 21, 2017 05:23 PM
Created: October 21, 2017 04:58 PM
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