2013 Judges

Head Judge: Glenda Rider

Pantheon of Leather Woman of the Year 2008
  Pantheon of Leather Event of the Year (IMsL) 2009

Glenda Rider founded her first BDSM/leather group, Lesborados in 1991 and was the first female Eagle Bar titleholder as Ms Baltimore Eagle 1992.  In 1993 she founded FIST – Females Investigating Sexual Terrain, a backpatch club which is still vibrant today.

Retired from the Boards of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and the Leather Leadership Conference, Glenda has received numerous awards including Pantheon of Leather's Woman of the Year; Black Rose's Distinguished Elder; and Leather University's Tony DeBlase Educator.

In 1996, she founded Play HouseStudios, a play space in Baltimore decorated with her extensive fetish art collection.  Glenda has been the Owner and one of the Producers of International Ms Leather since 2006 – the next IMsL Weekend celebrates the 15th Annual International Ms Bootblack Contest and will be held in the Spring of 2013 in San Francisco, please visit www.IMsL.org for more info.

Glenda lives in Oakland with her Leather Family when she is not on the road teaching, judging or volunteering at a Leather Community event and she fears the day her Mother learns how to use Google.

Judge: Hardy Haberman

NLA-I's Man of the Year 1999
NLA-I Lifetime Achievement Award 2007
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Leather Leadership Award

Since the mid-70's Hardy has been an active in the leather community and a member of many BDSM/Fetish organizations including Dallas Motorcycle Club, Leather Rose Society, NLA-Dallas, Discipline Corps and a founding member of Inquisition-Dallas. Considering himself a "Pain Technologist" he specializes in CBT and has an unusual fondness for clips clamps and clothespins, as well as more esoteric SM play.

Professionally he is a marketing specialist and filmmaker. His documentary on the leather lifestyle "LEATHER" has won numerous awards and appeared in festivals around the world, and his latest film, "Out of the Darkness, The Reality of SM" is currently being used by health care professionals around the world.

Outside work, he is a gay activist, author & speaker on aspects of the SM/Leather scene. His books "The Family Jewels, A guide to male genital play and torment" published by Greenery Press and “More Family Jewels”, Playing With Pain” And “Soul of a Second Skin” published by Nazca Plains Publishing are available at bookstores everywhere.

He was awarded NLA-I's Man of the Year award in 1999 and the NLA-I Lifetime Achievement award in 2007 and received the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Leather Leadership award.

Currently he serves as Board Chair for the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, based in Washington DC.

Since April, 1995, he and his boy Patrick have been living together in Dallas with their Feline Mistress Elvira and troublemaker Jack-The-Cat.

Judge: Jayson DaBoi

International Ms. Bootblack, 2010
Ms. Rio Grande Leather, 2010
New Mexico Bootblack, 2009
MsTer Pride, 2004

Jayson DaBoi is a native New Mexican, spastic puppy and highly energetic bootblack, proudly serving Daddy Evan as his boi. She has been living the leather lifestyle for 8 years, but has always had a leather-heart. Jayson started bootblacking at a young age, when her father first taught her how to shine his shoes; she was hooked at first polish. She continued his traditions into the military and now shares them with her community. Jayson believes that boots create the spiritual foundation of the Leather Walk, and she wants to ensure that everyone has access to a solid and beautiful foundation. She enjoys sharing her love of leather care with anyone willing to learn. When not working her "normal" job, she can be found in a cigar bar or her living room, blacking boots, or out in the community raising funds for anyone who asks.

Judge: slave nadine cutler
International slave 2003
Southwest slave 2002

slave nadine cutler has been an instructor at Women’s Butchmanns Experience since its first event in 2004, and is an Instructor at Butchmanns Pansexual Experience.  it met Master Bert at a spiritual-sexuality seminar in 1984, and it’s first Butchmanns Experience in 2002 enriched the full time service to him.  it is a founders of the Arizona Power Exchange (APEX) in 1988 and an incorporator of the APEX Corporation [501(c)(7)] in 2001, and holds the titles of Southwest slave 2003 and International slave 2003.  slave nadine supports the opportunity for BDSM people to meet in safe space to discover and develop their gifts.

Judge: Mistress Cyan

TSRNetwork People's Choice Lifetime Achievement Award 2011
Pantheon of Leather Woman of the Year 2009
Central Canada Leather Pride BDSM Couple of the Year 2009
Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Woman of the Year 2006

Mistress Cyan was introduced to The Lifestyle in 1989, and has since become a well-respected Leader in The Los Angeles BDSM and Leather Communities.  She is known for her charity and dedication to The Community and for her skills with Her Floggers and Singletail.  She is always looking to "give back" to the Community that she loves in any way she can. Mistress Cyan has held her Annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Slave Auctions for eleven years. Her auctions raise more than $10,000 in food, supplies and toys for the needy every year. In 2006, more than 32,000 people were fed as a result of her efforts, and is busy carrying that tradition forward to this day. In 2007, as part of The Los Angeles Leather Coalition's Fundraising Committee, she helped wipe out a debt of more than $14,000 and put the coalition in the black.

Mistress Cyan is the only person in Southern California , and one of the very few in this entire country, who has produced major conventions, promoted fetish nightclubs, performed at many major fetish clubs and events, produces two Leather Contests, owns her own Dungeon and is also active in the BDSM and Leather Lifestyle. She is the Founder /Organizer and Executive Producer of DomCon LA (named TSRNetwork.com People’s Choice Award for Event of The Year) and DomCon Atlanta, both of which are now in their ninth year, and is the Owner/Operator of the largest Dungeon in Los Angeles, the 7000+ sq ft Sanctuary Studios LAX. 

Mistress Cyan has served on The Executive Board of The Los Angeles Leather Coalition for three years after being named Fund Raiser of the Year for two years and Mentor of The Year in Los Angeles. She was honored to be a Judge in The 2006 Mr L.A. Leather Contest, the first time such an honor has been bestowed on a member of the Transgender Community. Mistress Cyan was also chosen to represent The Los Angeles Leather Community as a Judge for The Los Angeles Pride Parade in 2006. In 2007, The City of West Hollywood gave her a Commendation for her leadership and charity in the Community, and was named as a 2007 Honoree by Christopher Street West and awarded The 2007 Connie Norman Award for Community Service and Leadership.

Mistress Cyan has judged Leather Contests across America and Canada and is honored to serve as a Judge for this year’s SouthWest Olympus Leather Contest.

Judge: Master Tallen

International Mr. Olympus Leather, 2011

Mr. Great Plains Olympus Leather, 2011

Northeast Master, 2008

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.

Currently Master Tallen serves on the staff of Twisted in Tulsa, is an owner of Great Plains Olympus Leather Contest, is the Executive Producer of International Puppy and Trainer Contest, and is on the Board of Regents of Leathermens’ Academy.  He is a Member of NLA Dallas, DPEX, and MAsT.

In 2005, he unveiled his proposal for the Master/slave Flag to the Community.  In 2008 he won the Leather title as 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.

Judge: Master Guardian

Southwest Master 2005
Pantheon Couple of the Year 2006

Denny Acevedo, also known as Master Guardian, served as Southwest Master 2005 and has been an active member of the Las Vegas BDSM/Leather community since 2001. He was also awarded the Pantheon of Leather Award Couple of the Year Award in 2006 with his slave, sugar.

He is currently a Co-Owner and board member of Sin City D/s Society, Founder and President of the Dungeon Masters Coalition of Las Vegas and Director of MAsT: Las Vegas from 2004 until 2011. Master Guardian has presented education workshops, judged Leather contests, and facilitated discussions on S/M techniques and Master/slave relationship dynamics in Las Vegas, Nevada and at national events spanning the country.

Master Guardian steps with his best foot forward, continually striving to promote the sanctity of the Master/slave relationship as well as safety in his indulgence in S/M play.