Featured in our September/October 2018 issue of Compete Magazine

First and Last Name: Carla Bryant

Age: 52

Hometown: Terrell, Texas

Your Day Job:A professional farrier for 30 years.

Relationship Status: Taken

Your Sport: Rodeo

Favorite Rodeo Event: Barrels and team roping.

Interests/Hobbies:  Trail riding, fishing; anything outdoors

Why do you love rodeo? 

The thrill of the ride, competition and good friends. The International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) is a great organization with best people you can ever get to know. It gives me the opportunity to show the diverse ability of my horses that are home raised and trained.

How did you first get involved in rodeo? 

I’ve competed in rodeos since I was in junior high school. I started in IGRA in 1992; I wanted to compete in the gay rodeos in a place that didn’t discriminate .

What keeps you coming back to the world gay rodeo finals each year?  

Competition, friends and the sport of rodeo

What would you tell someone who is thinking about participating in the rodeo for the first time?

IGRA embraces all levels of riders, the friendships you make last a lifetime and it’s a great reason to travel.

What do you consider your greatest personal achievement? 

Having my stallion Jesses Double Dee. I picked him out then broke, trained and competed on him by myself. He was a winning all-around horse in the arena . He is now retired and has become a successful breeding stallion. Now his offspring are competing and flourishing as well.

What’s your greatest athletic achievement(s)?

Winning my first Paint Horse World Championship. Now it’s still doing what I started over four decades ago and being competitive at it.

Please tell us something about you and what interactions you have had with the LGBTQ sports community.

I’ve been a member and competed in American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), American Paint Horse Association (APHA), Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) and the United Professional Rodeo (UPRA)Association. I have been competing in IGRA since 1992. After 40 years, I’ve gained a lot of knowledge and skills to be successful.

What would you tell/teach your younger self if you had the opportunity? 

Love yourself first and always be you. Don’t be afraid to set goals and believe in yourself.

What are your thoughts about the LGBTQ community’s inclusion in sports diversity?

It creates a safe, fun environment for people to be themselves.