In Memoriam

photo of Gary Williams, DSRA Treasurer
Gary Williams, DSRA Treasurer

Gary Williams was a long-time member of DSRA. He held the office of treasurer for the organization for many, many years. He loved the country and western lifestyle and loved being a member of DSRA. Donating much of his time, especially to our bi-annual rodeos, Gary was brilliant, funny and a delight to have around. We miss him terribly; our members made a unanimous decision to hold an annual Gary Williams Memorial Barrel Race fundraiser whose funds are to be included in the total rodeo fund which donates 100% of the profits to our member-selected charities.

Rodeo in the Rock (RITR) 2017 is expected to draw between 300-500 entrants and attendees from all over the United States and Canada. This is our 14th rodeo held here in central Arkansas and has grown incredibly since it was first instituted. We within DSRA strive hard to put on one of the best rodeos within the IGRA circuit, a fact which is repeated over and over by those individuals who attend every time we hold one. Gary was a huge part of the success of our previous rodeos.

Our charities for RITR 2017, Out of the Woods Animal Rescue and the Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR), were voted on by DSRA members. Out of the Woods Animal Rescue is a group of dedicated individuals (501 c 3) that rescue, repair and re-home animals based on donations of the masses. The Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR) is a great group of individuals dedicated to the enlightenment and help of our todays youth.  

Please come out and support DSRA’s RITR 2017 and our charities at our 2nd Annual Gary Williams Memorial Barrel Race at the Equestrian Center on the State Fair Grounds on Friday April 28, 2017. For more information or to sign up to ride, visit the 2017 Memorial Barrel Race web page and download the registration form.