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When American cowboys of the 1800’s ran cattle together on open ranges, they gathered each year to separate their herds from their neighbors. This is what we call “Cutting”. Naturally, when you bring a group of people working together it turns into a competition, and equine competitions are some of the best. The Cutting and Rodeo heritages run strong and deep, and have for centuries. In the 1800’s they were also a grand social events, some say the original networking events, and nothing from that has changed much today. The ranchers gathered, there was a competition and the families shared their stories and wares from the last gathering. They revealed crafts, sold wares, exchanged recipes, but most of all, they shared laughter. They worked side by side to teach and guide their children and developed a strong community. From this we have seen many “Legends” in the equine industries that give us inspiration to keep these sports going.

Our goal is to illustrate the positive value of what equine sports has done for the history of America. By actions we wish to demonstrate the legendary proceedings of the men and women, unafraid of hard work, who founded the west and the lifestyle that gave them the courage it took to endure its hardships and lead them to a better life.

August 18, 2016
2016 Western Heritage Art Contest Awards

Awards for our 2016 Art Contest will be presented on September 17th (Saturday). There were three "classes" of award. Best of Show Ages 15 - 18, Best of Show Ages 11 - 14, Best of Show Ages 6 - 10

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June 20, 2016
2016 Western Heritage Art Contest Results

We want to thank each and every one of you for helping to make this year's contest a rewarding and promising art contest for all students with a desire to expand their art academics. The art submissions were delightful and very reflective of our Western Heritage - a sense of pride in craftsmanship and depiction of western culture.

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April 16, 2016
First Friday Karcher Mall

May 6th was a great kick-off for Gold Buckle Champion’s “Art of Building a Community” First Friday year-round events at Karcher Mall!

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March 11, 2016
Thank you Lisa for being a great teacher!

I just wanted to let you know that I have been thrilled with the art class that you have been presenting to our group of home school children.
I have three children attending the class: Naomi is seventeen and has sketched for as long as I can remember, but has not done too many other mediums like oil, acrylic or water colors.

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March 8, 2016
Art of Building a Community

Join us in building our community through art!  Classes have started, and more to follow! Class schedules have been updated!  View the schedule HERE.  Sign up now!  Class sizes are limited! […]

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March 6, 2016
Stampede Community Festival Horse Project

Art of Building a Community By our actions, we wish to demonstrate the legendary proceedings of the men and women, unafraid of hard work, who founded the west, and the lifestyle […]

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March 2, 2016
2nd Annual Western Heritage Demonstration

Gold Buckle Champion, is kicking off our 2nd annual Western Heritage Art Project on April 2nd at Karcher Mall in Nampa, ID. This year’s kickoff will feature several artists doing demonstrations of art forms that helped shape our Western Heritage.

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