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Rafter G Rodeo

Rafter G Rodeo Company has played a major role in the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo for the past 40 years. Neal Gay, founder of Rafter G Rodeo Company, began managing the Stock Show's rodeo performances in 1979. Rafter G is a rodeo family. Neal, Kay and their sons Pete, Donnie and Jim, along with their families, have all played an integral role in the company. Jim, their youngest son, is now manager, following in his fathers footsteps and continuing the legacy of Rafter G Rodeo.

The FWSSR salutes Rafter G Rodeo with this awesome mini-documentary created and produced by Westsider Media.

Neal Gay

“I wouldn’t be in this business if I didn’t love it; this is all I ever wanted to do. I’ve never gotten up a day in my life dreading to go to work." -NEAL GAY, Founder Rafter G Rodeo
Neal Gay’s professional rodeo career began as a contestant in Atoka, Okla., in 1945. Gay rode bulls, saddle broncs, bareback broncs and wrestled steers.

In addition to his important work in rodeo production at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Neal founded the Mesquite Championship Rodeo (a weekly spring and summer Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association show) in 1958. He and his family managed Mesquite Rodeo for a half century, from the late 1950s through the late 2000s.

Neal passed away in 2022, but is remembered for riding in the Stock Show & Rodeo’s colorful grand entry well into his 90s.

Kay Gay

A 2010 National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame inductee, Kay Gay is an icon in Texas rodeo history. To Stock Show fans, she's likely best known for the design and creation of the dozens of glamours "outfits" worn by the Grand Entry's 12 pivot setters and two riders (granddaughters Summer and Megan) who lead the procession carrying the American and Texas flags.

Jim, Brenda, Summer and Megan Gay

Jim Gay competed in bull riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding and was a very accomplished pick-up man. Along with his wife, Brenda, and their two daughters, Megan and Summer, they continue to bring the pageantry and production that Rafter G and the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo are famous for.

Left to Right: Summer, Brenda, Jim and Megan
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