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Categories and Scoring
The Great Plains Mr. and Ms. Great Plains Olympus Leather judging panel will consist of 5 judges and will use straight scoring.
If a judge becomes incapacitated at any point, all of his/her scores will be discarded. It is at the sole discretion of the producers to determine if a judge is able to carry out his/her duties.
A minimum score for any category is one. Zero scores will not be permitted.
Categories for the Great Plains Mr. and Ms. Olympus Leather Contest are Interview, Speech, Fantasy, Social Interaction and Comical Question.
Social Interaction (100 Points)
Social interaction begins with the Meet and Greet and concludes with the last category of the contest completed. It is important that the Great Plains Olympus titleholders represent the title in an appropriate manner. Social interaction includes how a contestant conducts him/herself, interacts with others, presents a leather image, and dresses appropriately according to the image they are representing. Contestants should be confident, self-assured, and able to engage in conversations with the judges, their fellow contestants, and the public.
Score sheets for this category must be handed to the Tally Master after the last category of the contest Saturday night.
Interview (200 Points)
The interviews will take place Saturday afternoon in the interview room with the each contestant alone with the judges.
The contestants will receive a copy of the judges’ score sheets. Judges will sign their score sheets.
Comical Question (50 Points)
These will be written in advance by the judges and will not be disclosed to the contestants in advance since the contestants will be judged on their spontaneous answers. This segment of the contest will take place during the introduction of the contestants.
Speech and Formal Leather Image--Maximum 90 seconds (100 Points)
Please consider the formal leather attire, content of the speech, manner of presentation, and time limit allocated.
Fantasy (150 points)
Contestants are encouraged to present their creative sexual/fetish fantasies given their own individual fetish interests. The allotted time limit for the fantasy will be no longer than 4 minutes with an additional limit of 1 minute for set up and 1 minute for tear down. There will be no complete nudity permitted during the fantasy scenes and all contestants must be ‘bar legal’ as required by the State of Texas. No stage props will be supplied. All stage props must weight no more than twenty pounds.
If a judge or any official becomes aware of any fraternization, including private meetings, sexual activity, or scene play, between a contestant and a judge, coordinator, tally master, emcee, judges’ assistant or anyone else who might be perceived as prejudicial to the outcome of the contest, he/she must make the producers aware of this. The producers have the right, at their discretion, to disqualify any involved parties.
Judges should not discuss contestants with each other, any official associated with the contest, any contestant, their friends, family members, or the producers until the conclusion of the contest. The only exception would be if a judge has a specific reason to make a situation known about a contestant to the producers or other judges. If this occurs, the judge will discuss the matter privately with the producers who will make a determination regarding disclosure to the other judges.
All contestants for the finals of the Great Plains Mr. and Ms. Olympus Leather Contest must meet the following requirements:
Consent and Identification
Each contestant must be at least 21 years of age. Contestants will be required to sign a model release and provide photocopies of a government issued photo identification of themselves with their entry form.
There is a $25 contestant entry fee.
Each contestant agrees to donate a basket of items with a retail value of $250 to be auctioned off during the contest. The proceedings will benefit the winners’ travel fund. The travel fund will be split equally between the two winners. The auction will take place on Saturday evening during the contest.
Contestants must compete in the region in which they live. Great Plains Olympus includes Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa.
In the event of a tie between two or more contestants, the high score from each category will be dropped and the contestant with the highest remaining scores will be deemed the winner. This is only for the tied contestants and does not include those contestants who were not tied for the lead. If, after the highest scores are dropped, a tie still exist, then the lowest scores in each category will be dropped, and the contestant with the highest score will be deemed the winner. Again, this situation only pertains to the contestants who were tied for first place from the initial beginning.
If there is only one contestant competing, that contestant must obtain a minimum 70 percent of the grand total.
Maximum total per judge is 600 points. Times five judges, the maximum possible is 3,000 points.
The title year is defined as beginning when a contestant is named the winner of the Great Plains Mr. and Ms. Olympus Leather Contest until the following year’s contest when a new winner is announced.
Expectations of the Winners
Each winner agrees to represent Great Plains Mr. or Ms. Olympus Leather during the full year of their title. Winners are required to attend the following year’s Great Plains Mr. and Ms. Olympus Leather Contest, make a step down speech, and to represent Great Plains as a contestant in the International Mr. and Ms. Olympus Leather Contest. Winners are also expected to organize at least three fundraisers during their title year. At least one of these must be within the Great Plains Olympus region. One of them must be used for the current titleholder’s travel fund, one to seed the next year’s winners’ travel fund and one for a non-profit organization that is agreed upon between the contestant and the producers before the fundraiser takes place.
Each winner agrees to travel and represent the title and community at a minimum of three events during their title year. Two of the events must be within their region; with the option to make one event outside of their region (International Olympus Leather does not qualify as one of the events). Events must be agreed upon between the producers of Great Plains Olympus Leather and the titleholder.
Each Great Plains Olympus Leather titleholder agrees to submit a monthly account about what they have done as a titleholder and submit photos, which will be posted on the Great Plains Olympus Leather website, Facebook, and other forms of social media.
Should the current winner not be able to fulfill his or her duties as current titleholder, the previous year’s titleholder will be offered the opportunity to step in and complete any unfulfilled obligations.
1) All monies for Great Plains Olympus Leather will be held in a separate account, held at JP Morgan Chase, with all producers having equal access to the account in order to properly reimburse funds to the titleholders and/or to pay various invoices associated with Great Plains Olympus Leather. Monthly statements will be produced and records assessable to the producers.
2) Titleholders may request balances of their travel accounts from a producer in writing (electronic mail) at any time; as well as the titleholder will receive a detailed outline of their travel fund quarterly. Producers will respond no later than three business days upon receipt of the request.
3) Any travel funds designated to a current titleholder that is left in the accounts once the titleholder has stepped down will automatically be spit 50-50 between the new Great Plains Mr. & Ms. Olympus and placed into their respective travel funds.
4) All credit cards taken are charged a transaction fee by the bank and credit card processing company. These fees will be held out of the funds, which ultimately go into the travel fund or charity funds that are raised. (Example: $100 is raised and paid via a credit card. The bank and credit card processor charge is $3. A grand total of $97 will be placed into the appropriate fund in which the money was intended.)
5) A designated individual of the producers or the producer will collect all money during fundraising, contests, etc. At no time should titleholders handle money/donations. This is to ensure a transparency within the community that a third party, and not the titleholder, is handling monetary issues.
1) The contest is open free of charge to the public.
2) Although each titleholder must hold their required number of fundraisers throughout their title year, it is highly recommended that both titleholders support their fellow titleholder during their fundraiser.
3) Fellow titleholders may co-brand a fundraiser; however, it will only count as a fundraiser for one or the other titleholder and must be determined and submitted to the producers before said fundraiser. In the event a fundraiser is co-branded, all funds will be split 50-50 between the titleholders to the respective event (travel fund, charity, etc.).
Drake Edward Sherbert
From Dallas, Drake is honored to be currently holding dual titles as the 20th Anniversary Mr. Texas Leather and Mr. Hidden Door 2016.
Being active in the LGBT Community for over 30 years is a passion where he has participated in fundraising, volunteering and assisting in many capacities. Drake has been involved in various organizations, clubs and events including the Great Plains Rodeo Association, International Gay Rodeo Association, United Court of the Lone Star Empire, Leather Knights, Fire Dancers, Dallas Gay Pride Festival and the American Airlines Wings Foundation.
He has set on numerous advisory boards, maintains membership in many worthwhile organizations and has served on judging panels for global events. He has been honored with prestigious awards for his dedication, commitments and talents.
Drake believes in the advocacy of promoting the continuation of learning, sharing, educating, honoring and working together in order to keep the rich leather history alive. His motto is "I know that working to move forward is important, equally important of acknowledging the respect of where we've been."
Being a 25 year international flight attendant has enabled him the freedom to visit several countries witnessing many cultures. It enlightened and educated some key issues that he would not have otherwise been exposed to while providing a broader prospective in diversity. Traveling and its experiences are the basis of his book entitled, "My Life Between The Lavs."
Drake discovered leather at an early age with the smell and feel of his saddle on his horse. Too young to realize the power of leather at the time, someday it would be an important part of his life. And now for him, it has evolved into a lifestyle of leather, kink and its culture. Drake is drawn to men with muscles, tattoos, salt and pepper hair, bedroom eyes and killer smiles. Head to toe leather always catches his attention. He flags left with air force blue, leopard and yellow.
When not in gear, Drake enjoys traveling, flying kites and hitting the gym.
Lillith Grey is a brainy, bawdy blonde who loves the art of academic entertainment. An active burlesque performer, emcee, producer, and musician, she is the founder and co-producer of Dallas’s weekly Queer variety show, the Tuesday Tease, and is the founder and producer of Glitterbomb, a weekly Queer performance art showcase on Thursdays in Denton. She appears frequently in the burlesque and performing-arts communities, and works to create space for identity development and personal healing through performance for Queer-identified folks.3
I am walking the Leather path since 2006 and I believe in paying it forward with community service and education. If you are not having fun you are doing something wrong is a practice I hold be it in play, or within my M/s relationship.
I am currently a Co-Director of Beyond Vanilla, and a Co-Admin of the Dallas Dominant Mentors Program.4
International Mr. Olympus Leather 2011
Master Tallen came into the Master/slave lifestyle in 1997 as a slave. He began his evolution into Mastery in early 2002 and is proud of where his journey has taken him. He has experienced a lot on both sides, and with the help of many, has been exposed to numerous perspectives. He enjoys sharing his experiences with others and trying to help them find their own paths. He has presented classes and judged Leather Contests all over the U.S. and beyond.
Currently Master Tallen is the Executive Producer of International Puppy and Trainer Contest, and a founding Producer of the International Person of Leather Contest. He is a Member of NLA Dallas, DPEX, and MAsT, and an associate member of WILI, and serves on the EC and production staff of Beyond Vanilla, and also serves on the production staff of Sin in the City, Leather H.E.A.T., and Women in Leather Legacy. In 2005, he created the Master/slave Flag. In 2008 he won the Leather title of Northeast Master. In 2011 he became Mr. Great Plains Olympus Leather, and subsequently was honored to be selected as International Mr. Olympus Leather 2011.
He loves sharing what he has experienced as well hearing from others. He is also honored to have received many Pantheon of Leather nominations over the years. But the most rewarding thing of all has been the countless number of people he has helped along in their own journeys. Their successes, and words of thanks to him, mean more than anything.
Master Patrice was drawn into the BDSM lifestyle by her interest in the dynamics of the Master/slave relationship and subsequently discovered her Leather path. She became active in the Dallas/Fort Worth community in 2005.
Master Patrice is the Head of House Leather Lynx. The values of Honesty, Integrity, Honor, Loyalty, and Service support a life dedicated to learning and education. She identifies as a bisexual, poly dominant with primary interests in M/s dynamics, psychology, spirituality, needles and other sharp shiny things. Oh, and chain!
Master Patrice considers it an honor to have had the opportunity to serve as Ms. Great Plains Olympus Leather 2012. She is the Executive Producer of the Heartland Person of Leather contest. Master Patrice is the Chapter Director of MAsT:DFW and has served in that position since March 2008.6
Vonn Tramel is a bustling bi-coastal business professional by day, and a A dominant sadist with a penchant for boots, fire, well-performed “tasks” by good ponies and pups, by night. Vonn claims San Diego her primary home and Atlanta her second home, but her heart is in both cities where one or the other of two partners live.
Vonn has a special place in her big black leather heart for other charitable adults. She is especially interested in submissives who are willing to trust in her ability to teach in unconventional ways. There should always be an interest in service to your community, and as a member of Pup’s Pack she does her best to keep in line with that philosophy.
Vonn is an active Leather woman who identifies as a queer low maintenance femme. She has judged several local and international events including LA Leather Bear and North American Pony & Trainer. February 29, 2016 She purchased the International Olympus Leather Title Circuit from Dave Rhodes.
Miss Vonn is also The Leather Journal’s Webmaster and Executive Producer for all of it’s live broadcasts. She is *Mama’s Webn8rx* (Webinatrix) and spends her free time helping community business owners improve their websites while also volunteering as a board member and media director for The Leather Foundation. Vonn shares her knowledge by teaching workshops and classes including Dominating the Web, Transgender CBT, Power in Size and (Re)Discovering Sensuality.
Her current pastime is mentoring new historians and learning from more experienced preservationists AND producing International Olympus Leather Weekend May 5 through 7, 2017 in San Diego, CA, tickets are available now from Fred, Boo or Vonn or at olympusleather.com! 7