The 2019 Arizona Gay Rodeo is an IGRA-Sanctioned Rodeo, and all 2019 IGRA Rules and apply.   The rodeo application was approved by the IGRA Board of Directors on May 11, 2018, and included a variance for arena size of 131 feet wide by 130 feet 6 inches long.  The alleyway going into the arena is approximately 90 feet long; it is covered and has lighting.   The rodeo will be a “limited rodeo” for the three (3) speed events only – barrel racing, pole bending, and flag race.  Entries for the three speed events will be limited to the first sixty (60) contestants who register.   All first-time contestants will be allowed to compete.


The 34th Annual Arizona Gay Rodeo will be February 15-17, 2019 at the Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds – 7611 S 29th Avenue – Laveen (Phoenix), Arizona.     The venue is located on the southeast corner of S 29th Avenue and West Baseline Road.  The phone number is (602) 237-3303.


The host hotel is the Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown – 3600 N 2nd Avenue – Phoenix AZ 85013.   The hotel is about one block from the light rail, and the train also stops right in front of Charlie’s.    The room rate is $119.00 plus tax per night for a single or double room.

Reservations can be made by calling (602) 604-4900 and ask for the AGRA or Arizona Gay Rodeo Association room block.  Reservations cannot be made on line.

Reservations must be made by January 14, 2019.


Rodeo events will take place on Saturday and Sunday – February 16 and 17 – beginning at 10:00 am each day.    Events are:  Bull Riding, Steer Riding, Chute Dogging, Roping on Foot, Mounted Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Flag Race, Team Roping, Steer Decorating, Wild Drag Race, and Goat Dressing.     BAREBACK BRONC RIDING AND RANCH SADDLE BRONC RIDING WILL NOT BE OFFERED.




Contestants using a horse in competition will be provided with one (1) stall at no charge.   Additional stalls are $25.00 each for the weekend.   The appropriate number of stalls must be requested/reserved on the entry form.   Horses that are not used in rodeo competition cannot be housed/stalled on the rodeo premises.  TACK STALLS ARE NOT AVAILABLE.

Stalls are uncovered and are constructed with pipes.


The Barn Manager is Patrick Terry, and his phone number is (719) 227-7170.  He will be staying in a trailer just inside the entrance to the stalls area.


Horse check-in will be available beginning at noon Thursday – February 14, 2019.   All horses, trailers, and equipment must be off the rodeo grounds by noon Monday – February 18, 2019.


Trailers with living quarters may be parked in designated spots in the parking lot for $15.00 per day.   Generators/electricity will not be provided/available, and there are no water hookups.   Water can be obtained in the stalls area.   The Barn Manager will direct you to a parking spot, and collect the parking fee.


Shavings may be purchased from the Barn Manager for $5.00 per wheel barrel.


All contestants with an assigned IGRA number must mail a completed IGRA Event Entry Form with a postmark date no less than twenty-two (22) days prior to the rodeo’s first performance or complete and pay for an online registration with a date-time stamp by 10:00 pm Mountain Time no less than fifteen (15) days prior to the rodeo’s first performance.

Mail entry forms to:


PO Box 40465

Phoenix AZ  85067

On-line registration is available through the IGRA Contestant Portal at

New contestants may contact the IGRA Office to obtain an IGRA number a minimum of thirty (30) days prior to the rodeo and complete an on-line registration.   The IGRA website is

On-site registration will be from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Friday – February 15, 2019 on the back patio at Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds – 7611 S 29th Avenue – Laveen (Phoenix), Arizona.

Registrations open December 18, 2018 and close February 1, 2019.

If you will be unable to get to registration, or will be late, you must call the Rodeo Secretary, Guy Puglisi, at (702) 339-3286.


Late registrations will be accepted for all events, except the three (3) speed events (barrel racing, pole bending, flag race), bull riding and steer riding.

The late fee is a “flat” $50.00 and applies to contestants who have been assigned a 4-digit IGRA contestant number greater than 30 days from registration date.

The late fee applies to contestants registering for or adding chute dogging or roping events.


All new (first-time) contestants must attend a New Contestants Meeting at 9:00 am Saturday – February 16, 2019.  The meeting will be in the northeast section of the bleachers in the arena area.  All new (first-time) contestants must attend, or you will be disqualified from rodeo competition.


Contestants must enter a minimum of:

One (1) event per go-round, or

Two (2) events on one day

Pre-registration must be accompanied by a non-refundable deposit of sixty dollars ($60.00).

The non-refundable $60.00 deposit will be forfeited to the host association if the contestant fails to show for the rodeo.

Must reserve the appropriate number of horse stalls.


Day money will be paid in accordance with IGRA Rodeo Rule XIV.

Added Money

Charlie’s Phoenix has added $4,000.00 prize money to be awarded as follows:

1st Place Winners2nd Place Winners
Saturday EventsMenWomenSaturday EventsMenWomen
Bull Riding$400$400Bull Riding$100$100
Steer Riding$400$400Steer Riding$100$100
Sunday EventsMenWomenSunday EventsMenWomen
Bull Riding$400$400Bull Riding$100$100
Steer Riding$400$400Steer Riding$100$100

If no one places, the money is retained by the sponsor.


Dr Gayle Leith will be on-site during the running of all events.   The phone number for emergencies during non-rodeo hours is (480) 962-6660.  The number is for the Arizona Equine Medical and Surgical Center located at 1685 S Gilbert Road in Gilbert, Arizona 85295.


Jaimes Loughrey will be on site during the running of all events and on call during non-rodeo hours.   His phone number is (602) 488-4347.

Entertainment will begin Friday evening and will be on going throughout the day Saturday and Sunday with lots of time for open dancing.


Rodeo Start Time  –  10:00 am

Calf Roping on Foot

Team Roping

Mounted Breakaway Roping

Steer Decorating

Pole Bending

Grand Entry (approximately 1:00 pm)

Chute Dogging

Goat Dressing

Steer Riding

Bull Riding

Wild Drag Race

Barrel Racing

Flag Race

Awards Presentations – 8:00 pm Sunday


The awards ceremony will be in the pavilion at Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds – 7611 S 29th Avenue – Laveen (Phoenix), Arizona at 8:00 pm Sunday – February 17, 2019.

Buckles will be awarded to the event champions and to the All-Around Cowboy and All-Around Cowgirl.


Rodeo Director • Ron Trusley (Phone # 602-510-9671)
Assistant Rodeo Director • Michael Weidmann
Arena Director • Dee Zuspann
Assistant Arena Director • Tim Smith
Arena Crew Coordinator • Travis James
Assistant Arena Crew • Coordinator James Denny
Chute Coordinator • Scotty Shadix
Assistant Chute Coordinator • Carl Schmidt
Lead Judge • Michael Lentz
Judge • Rick Jones
Judge • Amy Griffin
Rookie Judge • Jody Harvey
Auditor • Bruce Roby
SecretaryvGuy Puglisi
Assistant Secretary • David Hill
Scorekeeper • Ed LaBrash
Assistant Scorekeeper • Christi Mikels 
Announcer • David Smith


The venue charges a $5.00 parking fee per vehicle each day with in and out privileges.   The charge will begin at 4:00 pm Friday and 8:00 am Saturday and Sunday.


Pets are not allowed on the rodeo grounds or in the pavilion.  They may be in your trailer, or contained immediately outside the trailer.  If outside the trailer, pets must be on a leash at all times, and they must remain the immediate area of your trailer.  Pets must be under your control at all times.  ALL LEGAL SERVICE ANIMALS ARE ALLOWED.