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 Oatly for making the journey and spending time with us.  Hope to see you again in the Fall.

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October 21, 2015
Gold Buckle Champion Western Heritage Art Project

The Art of Building a Community (Scroll to the bottom to buy horses) 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 […]

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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 days of the Weekend Show, and entering is easy. Prizes and scholarships will be awarded for both Jr. & Sr. Youth, based on points, but […]

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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 Rodeo Association (GSRA) is a youth rodeo organization in the Treasure Valley that has been serving the local community for several decades.  Many of Idaho’s […]

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April 16, 2013
Elks Helldorado Western Exceptionals

It’s time for thundering hooves in downtown Las Vegas! Join us May 16-19 as we celebrate our Western Heritage Helldorado Style! On May 16th this western community is calling all locals to experience a HUGE part of Vegas history!! Come on down to HELLDORADO DAYS held at 7th and Stewart, May 16th YOUR KIDS ADMISSION […]

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January 25, 2013
Gold Buckle Champions Western Exceptionals

Gold Buckle Champions is excited to announce it's first of five events planned for 2013, Western Exceptionals. This event will take place at the ICHA Weekend Show at the Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho on March 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm, following the Nampa Fire Department BBQ for their Burn-Out Fund. The event is open […]

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July 23, 2012
Gold Buckle Champions Reaches Internationally!

The Idaho Tourism Association, with Nancy Richardson, reached a German documentary company and brought 6 teens from Germany to learn to be a cowboy. While in Idaho they stayed with Brad Ford at the 4D Longhorn Ranch off Highway 55 on Idaho's scenic byway. The 4D Ranch also caters to groups for corporate retreats, weddings and […]

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February 25, 2012
Dave Hack Custom Chaps Donated for ICHA/UCHA Youth Scholarship

ICHA / UCHA Youth Scholarship Program The Idaho Cutting Horse Association and the Utah Cutting Horse Association recognize that the youth are our future. Our commitment to our youth is two-fold; to encourage & support them in the sport of cutting and to encourage each and every youth member to further their educational pursuits. The […]

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