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.

March 28, 2021
Gabrielle Sanborn Memorial 2021

2021 was a great year for our ICHA Youth Cutters. We had a great turn out and amazing prizes and scholarships. Thank you Bob Oatley for making the journey and spending time with us. Hope to see you again in the Fall.

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September 4, 2020
2020 Gabrielle Sanborn Memorial Scholarship Cutting

2020 Proved to be another spectacular event. Despite all the turmoil plaguing the country, you would not have known by the turnout for the show and the smiles of everyone who attended.
Special Thank YOU to the Macdonald Family for the generous Scholarship Donations and Scootemnshootem Photography for the photos.

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March 25, 2019
2019 Gabrielle Sanborn Scholarship ICHA Cutting

Thank you to everyone who made all of this possible!

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May 23, 2017
Stampede Festival Horse 2nd Place
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May 23, 2017
Stampede Festival Horse 4th Place

Dear Gold Buckle Champion,
Thank you so much for running your "Legends in the Making" program, and for teaching kids that they can make a difference! I am so impressed with your program, and I am thrilled that I got to be a recipient of an award. I purchased art projects and supplies that I can now do with my class, including enough tie dye to last the next 4 years. You are amazing! Thank you so much!!!
Sincerely, Melody Craw

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October 21, 2015
Gold Buckle Champion Western Heritage Art Project

Gold Buckle Champion is excited to introduce two projects for our 2nd annual Western Heritage Art Competition for prizes and scholarships.
The first project is open to school age kids in Idaho.
In Jan 2015, Idaho ranked amongst the lowest in education and per-pupil spending.  Art has been dropped from early education and offered only at the high school level.   Educators are focused on developing the academics which does not allow the brain to fully develop its greatest potential. 

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July 22, 2015
Winners of the Dummy Roping Contest
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February 17, 2015
Gabrielle Sanborn Scholarship Cutting

The Annual Gabrielle Sanborn Youth Scholarship Cutting takes place at the ICHA Spring Weekend Show in March, at the Idaho Horse Park Arena. This Youth Scholarship Cutting is offered both […]

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March 7, 2014
Gold Buckle Champion BBQ for Gem State Rodeo Association

Gold Buckle Champion, Idaho Cutting Horse Association, and Peterson Stampede Dodge are proud to host this event at the ICHA Aged Event and weekend show.  See more HERE Gem State […]

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