The Rodeo State

Idaho is rodeo country from head to toe, and wherever you may be in the state this summer, odds are you’ll find ridin’ and ropin’ not far away. A great spectator sport, rodeo also has long been an attraction for photographers, as our cover photo this month attests. Boise photographer Carolyn Fletcher made that image, which garnered a second straight victory for her in IDAHO magazine’s annual Cover Photo Contest.

The photo was taken last summer at the Riggins Rodeo, which Carolyn says is one of her favorite Idaho rodeo events. “The photo challenge is trying to capture the rider’s position as he is bucked into midair,” she notes. “Action is conveyed by the dust cloud and the horse’s hooves hovering above the ground. The rider’s bright red shirt and chaps help provide contrast against the gates and fencing.  There is only a fraction of a second to attempt to capture the skills of both rider and horse.  It is my continuing challenge.”

Among the state’s many rodeos big and small, following is a list of those in 2016 that are sanctioned by the Idaho Cowboys Association. Other events throughout the state are held annually outside ICA’s purview, including the famed Snake River Stampede and Caldwell Night Rodeo, so these rodeos are just a sampling. This early in the year, precise dates are not yet available for some events. When a rodeo listed below is part of a county fair, the dates given are for the rodeo, not the entire fair. Contact details are accurate so far as we know, although individual contact names could change. As the dates approach, check the websites provided here for details or, for an overview, visit the Idaho Cowboys Association site, icarodeo.com. – The Editors

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Early June

Cambridge—Bulls & Broncs, part of Hells Canyon Days. Call Cambridge Commercial Club, (208) 257-3533

cambridgeidaho.com/events.htm

 

June 8-10, 2016

Eagle Rodeo—Located in the field west of Idaho Athletic Club, formerly Rocky Mountain Fitness on Plaza Drive.

Signs will be posted

eaglerodeo.com

 

June 17-18, 2016

White Bird Rodeo—On US Highway 95 & Twin Bridges at Rodeo Drive. Call 208-983-7701

whitebirdrodeo.com

 

June 18-19, 2016

Kamiah—Clearwater Valley Roundup Association Rodeo, at the CVRA Rodeo Grounds. Previously held toward the end of June, the CVRA Rodeo has gained ICA permission to move up to the Father’s Day weekend this year. For details, call Jody Brown, 208-935-5821

kamiahchamber.com

 

Late June

Idaho City—Gold Dust Rodeo.

Call 208-345-4496

golddustrodeo.com

 

July 1-3, 2016

Grangeville—Part of Grangeville Border Days. Contact Brad Arnzen at 208-983-5784 or arnzen1@q.com

grangevilleborderdays.org

 

Early July

Weiser—Weiser Valley Roundup,

Call Zane Davis, (208) 880-5167

rodeosusa.com/rodeos/weiser-valley-roundup

Mid-July

Fairfield—Camas County Rodeo

Camas Chamber of Commerce

fairfieldidaho@gmail.com

fairfieldidaho.net/rodeo

 

Late July

Glenns Ferry—Elmore County Fair and Rodeo, Jerry Gorrell 208-599-7373 or John Frank, 208-590-4622

ecfr.weebly.com/rodeo-and-rodeo-royalty.html

 

Late July

Council—Adams County Fair and Rodeo, fairgrounds, Call (208) 741-2510 or email acrodeo13@gmail.com

rodeosusa.com/rodeos/adams-county-rodeo

 

Late July/Early August

Emmett Rodeo

gemcountyfairgrounds.com

Late July/Early August

Cambridge Rodeo—Washington County Fair and Rodeo

fair.co.washington.id.us

 

Early August

Homedale—Owyhee County Fair and Rodeo, Owyhee County Fairgrounds, Jacky King, 337-3666

owyheecountyrodeo.com

 

Early August

Cascade—Valley County Fair and Rodeo

Contact Julie Yates,

jyates@valleycountyfair.com

vcfnr.com

 

Early August

New Plymouth—Payette County Rodeo, Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena Office (208) 278-5000

or info@payettecountyfair.org

payettecountyfair.org

 

August 15-16, 2016

Donnelly—Huckleberry Festival Rodeo

donnellychamber.com

 

Mid-August

Weippe—Wild Weippe Rodeo

phone: (208) 435-4142

or email: joanne4@frontier.com

rodeosusa.com/rodeos/wild-weippe-rodeo

 

Mid-September

Bruneau—Bruneau Round-Up

Contact Dave Carter (551) 536-6275

or vccattle@hughes.net

rodeosusa.com/rodeos/bruneau-roundup

 

Early October

Caldwell—Idaho Cowboys Association Finals, CNR Grounds, Debbie Maxwell, phone (208) 899-0498

icarodeo@yahoo.com, icarodeo.com

 

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