This week is the 107th Snake River Stampede Rodeo in Nampa, ID. The promoters call it “The Wildest Fastest Show On Earth”, and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world! Now that I’ve relocated to Idaho, I am genuinely surprised and delighted and the number and caliber of local rodeos. I guess you can say I’ve found my happy place! I didn’t have anyone to go with me but found plenty of friendly people once I got there. So, put yourself out there, girl!
Last night’s theme was Patriot Night and focused on honoring those who are and have served in the military. The rodeo itself did not disappoint; there was the Pre competition mutton bustin’ and goat tie down featuring the kiddos, and the royal court of Rodeo Queens from far and wide including Miss Rodeo USA 2022, Hailey Frederiksen and Miss Rodeo Idaho 2022, Taylor Grace Hymas. (At this point, I must admit that I have an inner wish to be a rodeo queen, even at my age!)
Then came the Cowboys and Cowgirls and all of the wonderful horses! I am no stranger to the sport of Rodeo, but I wish I had taken a pen to keep score and record some of the times and scores of the contestants. This was not a small-time rodeo; there is a purse of $445,180 to be distributed and a total of 744 entries for 2022.
We all have our favorite events, but this was the first time I watched Breakaway Roping at a live event. Two of my favorites were there, Jackie Crawford and Lari Dee Guy.
Everyone performed well, and it was a thrill to watch the entire competition. I especially enjoyed the Snake River Stampeders Night Light Drill Team, who performed flawlessly in the dark with their lighted costumes and flawless formations to upbeat music.