2015 Top Hand Award Winner ~ Roy Gates
In 2015, the rodeo world lost a great Cowboy, Darrel Radacy.
In honor of him, HOYRA presents a
Top Hand Buckle each year
HOYRA was founded by a group of dedicated parents as a non-profit organization. It is incorporated and has a 501 C3 non-profit status.
The goal of this association is to provide the highest standard of sportsmanship in the competitive events of rodeo, to keep alive the American Western Heritage, and to teach the importance of humane and ethical treatment of animals. We strive to teach our children the foundation of good horsemanship and to raise them in an environment that shapes character, promotes model citizens, and provides skills that will ultimately lead to future world champions and leaders.
HOYRA is open to all young people 18 years of age and under. With four (4) different age groups, HOYRA offers Barrels, Poles, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping, Ribbon Roping, Tie-Down Calf Roping, Steer Breakaway, Steer Stopping and Team Roping.
To provide a truly Family Association, HOYRA offers open events as well for parents and other adults.
Each year our goal is to provide each qualified member with a jacket, first time trophy buckle and a prize for each event in which they qualify. Since the organization began, HOYRA has given away a minimum of 31 saddles each year in various youth events. HOYRA has paid out between $71 and $142 Thousand in cash and prizes each year to contestants. It's membership averages between 135 to 180 each year. Our membership ranges in location from Blackwell to Velma and from Perryton, TX to Collinsville, OK.
As a non-profit organization, officers and board member positions are strictly voluntary. All labor required to put on a rodeo performance is provided by the parents, family and friends of the contestants. An annual membership fee and a minimal office charge are withheld from each contestant's entry fee to pay for rodeo supplies and to apply toward year-end awards and prizes.
This association depends greatly on the assistance of corporations, businesses and individuals who are gracious enough to donate cash, prizes and most importantly their time.
2016 Top Hand Award Winner ~ Mandy Kuykendall