There aren’t many things more legendary to the state of Idaho than rodeo. The Gem State is well known for many things, but along with pristine wilderness, snowy scapes, and some starchy roots that are high in potassium, the western lifestyle is part of Idaho’s personality. Cowboys and cowgirls with their horses, saddles and tack, and the western ranch life are synonymous with Idaho, and the most notable representation of that is the sport of rodeo.
There’s nothing new about rodeo in these parts, either. In fact, we’ve been bucking cowboys off livestock almost as long as the sport has actually been a sport. In fact, the oldest stock contracting company in the country, the Flying U Rodeo, got its start in 1924 in St. Anthony, and still provides high-level bucking stock to PRCA and PBR events to this day. It isn’t so much that rodeo is a significant part of Idaho’s lifestyle as much as the fact that rodeo is just part of our identity. It’s in our blood. It’s who we are.
We even have our own rodeo association, the Idaho Cowboys Association, who sanctions dozens of rodeos across the state throughout the Summer, and will do so again in 2016 in what promises to be an exciting schedule. Starting with the Hells Canyon Rodeo in late April, through October’s Finals, the ICA provides opportunities for local and visiting cowboys to show their stuff and compete for prize money throughout the warm months. Partnering with the NorthWest Pro Rodeo Association, the InterMountain Pro Rodeo Association, and The Professional Western Rodeo Association, locales from the smallest rural stops to towns in the region’s most populated areas give the hometown crowd a reason to cheer. Whether it’s mutton busting or bull riding, there’s something for every Idahoan in an ICA rodeo, and no matter where you live in the state, you’re not far from the opportunity to go see it.
An exciting addition to the schedule this year is the Days Of The Old West Rodeo in Hailey, ID. Although this rodeo has been helping Sun Valley fans celebrate a true American tradition for some time, this year they will be doing so as an official ICA rodeo in the new Hailey Rodeo Park. This area is truly one of Idaho’s prime destinations, and has all the potential of being the perfect way to celebrate the holiday, with the final go capping off the Monday of a big three-day weekend. This promises to be a highlight of the season, adding to Idaho’s ever-growing list of great places to see a rodeo.
The season will end in October with another new feature. This year, the finals will be held inside the Canyon County Fair Building in Caldwell. While last year’s finals were the beneficiary of some extremely fortunate weather, holding a rodeo outdoors in Idaho in the Fall is a dicey proposition, and the fair building looks to be an ideal indoor facility for displaying the year’s best of the best. Small enough to be cozy, but big enough to allow the action to run free, this event already looks like a winner… for winners!
Take a look at the schedule and see where you can support your local rodeo this year. This is Idaho. When we bring a rodeo to your town, we deliver.
ICA 2016 schedule:
- April 22-23 Asotin WA
- May 6-7 Grand Coulee “Colorama” Rodeo
- May 28-29 Spray OR
- June 3-4 Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo
- June 4-5 Roy WA #1
- June 17 & 18 White Bird
- June 18 & 19 Kamiah
- June 24-25 Idaho City
- July 1, 2 & 3 Grangeville
- July 2-4 Days of The Old West Hailey ID
- July 1-4 Vale, OR
- July 1-4 Vancouver WA
- July 7-9 Weiser ID
- July 22-23 Clayton Rodeo
- July 29-30 Adams County Rodeo Council ID
- July 28-30 Longview WA
- July 30-31 Long Beach WA
- Aug 4-6 Cambridge Rodeo
- Aug 4-6 Gem County Rodeo Emmett ID
- Aug 4-6 Malheur Co Fair & Rodeo Ontario
- Aug 9-13 Owhyee County Rodeo Homedale
- Aug 25-27 Enumclaw WA
- Sept 2-3 Ritzville Labor Day Fair & Rodeo
- Sept 3-4 Roy WA #2
- Sept 9-10 Chelan County Fair Rodeo – Cashmere
- OCT 22 & 23 ICA CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS