CWI Partners With Snake River Stampede

Published: July 13, 2023

The Snake River Stampede is a long-standing tradition for the Nampa community. The rodeo started in the early 1900’s and has evolved into one of the top ten rodeos in the nation. It is recognized as the biggest, wildest, and fastest major professional sports event in Idaho and College of Western Idaho (CWI) is excited to join together in the spirit of community and education.

“CWI is proud to sponsor the Youth Rodeo 101 Clinic at one of the top rodeos in the nation,” said CWI President Gordon Jones. “Education and the spirit of the rodeo go hand in hand – both foster individual determination, discovery, and empowerment in developing the confidence to tackle the unknown. Participants can use these skills and experiences for the rest of their life.”

New this year to the week-long event will be Stampede Western Fest, which brings together shopping, food trucks, and daily events for all ages. Through CWI’s involvement, a Youth Rodeo 101 Clinic will be held Friday, July 21, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Nampa will be participating, and CWI employees’ children are welcome to participate too.  

Youth Rodeo 101 will feature champion cowboys, cowgirls, and queens leading stations representing many of the professional rodeo events, including bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding, as well as roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and bullfighting. Campers will also learn how the superstar animal athletes are chosen, cared for, and the importance of both. In addition to all that they will see and learn, participants will also have a chance to try their ability at each event on training devices. 

"The Stampede exists to benefit the community," said Snake River Stampede Director, Claudia Weathermon. "We're so happy to partner with CWI and help our youngest citizens learn firsthand about farm and ranching life."

For those interested in getting involved with the Snake River Stampede, there is a volunteer opportunity. About 5-10 volunteers are invited to help on Friday, July 21. Please email and include your shirt size to help represent CWI at this awesome community event. 

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