March 6, 2016

Stampede Community Festival Horse Project


Art of Building a Community: A Legacy of Western Heritage

Our actions aim to honor the extraordinary efforts of men and women who, through their relentless hard work and resilience, pioneered the western frontier. They embraced a lifestyle that emboldened them to withstand the region's challenges and paved the way to a prosperous future.

In the 19th century, every expansive ranch hosted a rodeo or a "cattle cutting" event, inviting the whole community to participate. This marked the inception of the "Art of Community Building." Ranch owners showcased their crafts, sold goods, swapped recipes, and most importantly, exchanged laughter and ideas. They collaborated closely, mentoring their children, fostering a robust community spirit.

Gold Buckle Champion carries forward this rich Western legacy by educating and mentoring our youth. Our commitment is to cultivate a sense of pride in craftsmanship, an appreciation for hard work, and to instill a 'can-do' attitude in our children through diverse projects in Treasure Valley.

Stampede Days

All the businesses and individuals of Nampa are encouraged to show their support by displaying a decorated horse out in front to show the strength of our community. These are not just limited to business, and everyone is encouraged to participate. We started this project by offering this for kids to decorate to win something for their community leader (classroom/teacher). Judging for the kids’ horses is voted on at various locations in June.  Four teachers/groups in our area will win a classroom makeover, money for trips to national competitions for teams, or cash prizes for other worthy projects or registered non-profits.  Gold Buckle Champion is willing to custom decorate these horses for each business for a donation to our “Legends in the Making” program, which rewards our youth for doing positive things in their community.

“We want this to be a true example of our western heritage and the community involvement that made this country, and made us strong. We want to include as many Artists, Contestants, Sponsors, and Volunteers as possible and let them be our inspiration.” said Executive Director, Sue Marostica

Gold Buckle Champions is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization….to further the education of equine health and safety, while preserving our western heritage and history, by promoting events that incorporate the youth and community.  Daring everyone to Imagine the Champion within themselves.

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