What is the Southwest Indian Rodeo Association (SWIRA)?
The Southwest Indian Rodeo Association is a professional Indian Rodeo Association that is affiliated with the Indian Nationals Finals Rodeo. The organization works hard to promote and preserve the advancement of the Professional Indian Association within the Southwestern Arizona area. The association stands for and prides itself on:
- Youth empowerment
- Empowering families
- Promoting competition
- Providing positive empowerment within the local communities
- Providing positive role models
- Persevering the positive culture and tradition (keeps the sport of Indian Rodeo alive)
The Southwest Indian Rodeo SWIRA is one of the regional associations in the United States that promotes Indian Rodeo. The association participates in various tours and rodeos within the region, including the National Finals. The organization was established to promote the Indian Rodeo tradition.
The association is made up of male and female community members that participate in various Indian rodeo traditions, such as:
- Saddle Bronc
- Bull Riding
- Steer Wrestling
- Tie Down Roping
- Ladies Breakaway Roping
- Ladies Barrel Racing
- Open Team Roping
- and more…
There are a variety of Southwest Indian Rodeo SWIRA events coming up in the 2015 year, including the:
- SWIRA Region Finals Rodeo
- Beshbetoh Stampede Rodeo
- Mogollon Rim Summer Rodeo
- Annual Kenny Davis SWIRA Region Finals
- and more…
How to Join?
To become a member of the Southwest Indian Rodeo Association, you will need to purchase an INFR Membership or INFR Permit. You can download both application forms from the official Southwest Indian Rodeo SWIRA website.
The INFR Membership offers a traditional membership, as well as Jr., Sr., and personnel membership classes/levels. You will not receive a membership card until you have filled out the application completely, and accurately. There is a fee that must accompany the membership application; this feel will vary, depending on the membership level/class you apply for. All applicants applying for the Jr. Membership must send in a copy of your current grades along with the application. In order to become a member and compete in any of the region or rodeo tours, you must have passing grades.
Apply for a Permit
The INFR Permit costs less than the INFR membership application, but you are only permitted to compete in one rodeo season under this permit. You will be permitted to compete in the region and tour rodeos within the region that you listed on the permit application only. An INFR Permit does not qualify you to the Region Finals, or the INFR. You can purchase this permit by downloading the application form and following the step-by-step instructions, or if you are in the Southwestern Arizona area, you can purchase the INFR Permit through the INFR Office.
Some of the highlighted contestants and qualifiers from the 2013 and 2014 year:
- Clifford Williams – Bareback, 2014
- Sisto Hernandez – Saddle Bronc, 2014
- Cheston Franklin – Saddle Bronc, 2014
- Shawn Benally – Bareback, 2013
- Kane Kee – Bareback, 2013
- Tustin Daye – Bull Riding, 2013