The Alberta Rockies Gay Rodeo Association
ARGRA is a Calgary based not-for-profit society that is 100% volunteer driven. ARGRA was founded in 1991 and the first sanctioned Canadian Rockies International Rodeo was held in 1994. After years of consistent growth we now have a membership base of over 400. This makes us the largest gay rodeo association in the world!
The Canadian Rockies International Rodeo (CRIR) is an International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) sanctioned event encompassing 20 associations and 4000 members worldwide.
We proudly boast the most unique rodeo on the IGRA circuit. We are able to offer all our events at one location, no other gay rodeo does this. This makes our event a favourite destination for many of the GLBT rodeo contestants and spectators. It is truly an international event with people coming from all corners of the globe to attend. We expect more than 4000 attendees to come to our events this year.
Friday brings 10 hours of Ultimate Entertainment on the Showboat Stage and Friday night Thunderstorms dance party. We have had many great performers including Gord Bamford, Emerson Drive, Farmer's Daughter, Gil Grand, Doc Walker, Lace, Chris Cummings and Julian Austin. The weekend continues with more entertainment, more dances and more variety than ever before.
The rodeo has both traditional rodeo events like Bull Riding, Steer Riding, Barrel Racing, Roping Events as well as the popular camp events like Goat Dressing and Wild Drag. Getting those undies on a goat is not as easy as you'd think!
ARGRA is active year round and participates in the community. ARGRA is both well known and respected in our local community and well beyond those borders. We are a recognized symbol of western gay culture.
- Rodeo School
- Horse Club
- Fundraising Dances
- Participating in Calgary's Pride Festival
- Participating in Edmonton's Pride Festival
- Western Dance Lessons
Giving back to our community. We have given back to the community more than $100,000!