Fall is that bittersweet time of year in the West when we welcome cooler weather, the onset of hunting season, and the beauty of the colors, but have to put aside the fun of rodeo season for a few months. The excitement that carries us through the summer seems to increase with each event throughout the Idaho Cowboys’ Association schedule, but with cooler weather coming and a region’s worth of rodeos in the books, October means it’s time to put away the banners for a while and prepare for the next year. For those who think rodeo season is the best time of year, it’s a little hard to watch the clock tick down, even if the stock contractors and bull fighters look forward to the leaves changing colors for a bit of respite. It doesn’t all get called complete, though, until the Association’s Final event occurs, and champions are crowned.
The 2015 Finals took place on October 9th-10th at the brilliantly renovated Caldwell Night Rodeo Grounds under bright sunny skies as a perfect, warm send-off to a great season. The finest cowboys and cowgirls the ICA has to offer brought their very best to the the 2C, matched with and against the best stock in the region, and put on a show. Everything from Asotin to Meridian comes down to this one event for the Association’s finest, and they couldn’t have picked a better venue or time.
Cameron Craig stole the show at this year’s final, racking up the scores in all three main roughstock events, including going 173 on two head in the bull riding. This spectacle only capped off his already stellar year in which he took the highest mark in the bulls, and was top four in the other roughstock events. The year itself belonged to Jordan Minor, though, who amassed over $20,000 in the breakaway and just shy of $9,000 in barrel racing in the season to claim the D&B All-Around, and the top spot in the ICA rankings. These types of numbers are remarkable, and show a true dedication to the events, as well as to the time, effort, and travel to make it to the rodeos around the circuit. The All-Around award for Jordan is well deserved.
It’s always a pleasant thing to see the novice roughstock events carried through and awarded in the finals. It’s easy to forget that even the biggest names in rodeo had their start somewhere, but the novices deserve to be credited with the hard work they do as well as the more experienced riders, so congratulations to Chance Hamilton and Ryder Young for winning the novice broncs, and Cody Rouse for running away with the novice bull riding on the year. These titles are well earned.
We may not be able to escape the inevitable coming of winter, but it’s a good opportunity to reflect on a great year for rodeo in the Gem State. Come to think of it, that’s a pretty good thought to keep you warm. Happy Off-Season.
Your 2015 ICA champions are:
Bareback: Cameron Craig $11,451.90
Tie-Down Roping: Taylor Santos $13,781.20
Saddle Bronc: Jacob Stacy $11,141.36
Breakaway: Jordan Minor $20,335.55
Steer Wrestling: Trevor Maddox $14,025.21
Team Roping Header: Jack Fischer $13,662.43 Heeler: Brent Falon $13,772.78
Barrel Racing: Callahan Crossley $19,617.53
Bull Riding: Cameron Craig $8,413.52
Stock Saddle Bronc: Konnyr Marek $3,312.85
All-Around: Jordan Minor $29,265.81
Novice Bareback: Chance Hamilton $222.00
Novice Saddle Bronc: Ryder Young $497.67
Novice Bulls: Cody Rouse $1,144.66