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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.


June 28, 2016
People's Choice Awards 2016

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 […]

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March 20, 2015
Nampa Teacher wins classroom makeover

The first of 4 teachers is selected to receive a “classroom makeover” in Nampa.  Gold Buckle Champions is recognizing the Legends amongst us, and received a nomination for a Ronald Regan elementary teacher, Anita Field, who teaches kindergarten. Sue Marostica, executive director for Gold Buckle, said, “We are looking for people to recognize as someone […]

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July 10, 2014
Downsizing of Corporate America Benefits Idaho Nonprofit

Gold Buckle Champion wins the Gold Kuna, Idaho, July 10, 2014– Gold Buckle Champion, a nonprofit organization based in Kuna, Idaho, benefits from the downsizing of Corporate America. Stephanie Gornichec, from IKON, and Lisa Bower from Hewlett Packard, were both working as corporate executives, and were downsized as part of the economic times. Sue Marostica, […]

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September 19, 2011
2007 Figge Cellar Syrah

Click HERE to reserve your wine Gold Buckle Champions… to further the education of equine health and safety while preserving our western heritage and history by means of promoting equine events incorporating the youth and community. It was the philosophy and the actions of this great program that prompted Jim & Sandra Figge to become […]

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March 10, 2011
Press Releases for Gold Buckle Champion
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