2016 - 2017 Top Hand Award Winner
HOYRA was founded by a group of dedicated parents as a non-profit organization in 2002.
It is incorporated and has a 501 C3 non-profit status.
Over the years the goal of the association has remained the same. HOYRA wants 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 Stopping, Steer Breakaway 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 member 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 and has paid out well over a million dollars in cash and prizes to contestants. It's membership averages between 100 to 170 each year. Our members range in location and cover the entire state with some members joining us from Texas, Missouri, Mississippi, Arkansas & Kansas.
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. Ask us today how you can become part of the HOYRA Sponsor Family.
2018 - 2019 Top Hand Award Winner
2019 - 2020 Top Hand Award Winner
2017 - 2018 Top Hand Award Winner
Alycia Harmon & Tammy Cambron
2015 - 2016 Top Hand Award Winner
In 2015, the rodeo world lost a great Cowboy, Darrel Radacy.
In honor of him, HOYRA presents a
Top Hand Buckle each year
This buckle is presented at the HOYRA awards banquet to an individual who upheld the Darrel Radacy standards in that particular season.
Kind, Humble, always willing to help, had an eye to see what needed to be done and would jump in to make it happen before being asked. He had a heart of gold and was always looking for the good in people and in every situation. May we all leave each HOYRA season with a little bit of the Darrel Radacy Standard in our hearts.