Below is a copy of the sponsorship letter I have been sending out to local businesses.
My name is Bobby Holland and I am 23 years old. I wanted to take this opportunity to write to you and inform you of the IGRA (International Gay Rodeo Association) and my interest in participating in the Gay Rodeo. Participation in the rodeo depends on sponsorship from local organizations and businesses such as yourself.
The Gay Rodeo is a unique form of rodeo, true to the roots of rodeo in the best of Western tradition, but with a unique flavor that only the gay community could give it. You see the usual attractions such as bull riding, bronc riding, steer wrestling, speed events, and the rest, but you’ll also see some events that are unique to the gay circuit, and are a lot of fun. Gay rodeo is serious rodeo, and is attracting attention among serious rodeo cowboys. The thrill of winning a rodeo buckle in a serious rodeo can be a satisfaction that can last a lifetime.
I have been riding horses since I was 7 and started showing Western Pleasure, Gymkhana (speed events), draft horse driving and halter. I was involved in 4-H for 10 years. I ran a drill team for 3 years and have shown at the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison, placing 3rd. Additionally, I was the Wisconsin State Grand Champion in 2000. I have won many ribbons, trophies, and high point awards.
When not competing, I work part time as a bartender and am head trainer at Celtic Acres. I am a member of NISWTRA, which is a trail riding group. As part of this group, my family and I go on camping trips throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. Growing up in a rural area of Caledonia, which is in northern Racine County, I had the opportunity to experience country life and become a part of the horse community.
There are several options for sponsorship should you decide to support my efforts in participating in the gay rodeo. I am hoping to compete in four rodeos in the Midwest. I will be showing in six classes in each rodeo. The cost of each rodeo is approximately $800, however, your sponsorship can be any amount to help me reach my goal.
I appreciate your time in reading this letter. I can also be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to talking with you about this in the near future and answering any questions you may have.
P.S. I will be having a Fundraising Party at Triangle on May 23rd, 2004 at 3:00. I hope to see you there!