When American cowboys of the 1800’s ran cattle together on open ranges, they gathered each year to separate their herds from their neighbors. This is what is called “Cutting”. Along with what naturally occurs when you bring a group of people working together, it turns into a competition. From this we have seen many “Legends” in the Cutting industry that give us inspiration to keep this, and all horse sports going. The Cutting heritage runs strong and deep and has for centuries. In the 1800’s these were also grand social events and nothing much from that has changed today. The ranchers gathered, there was a Cutting competition, and the families shared their stories and wares from the last gathering. They shared crafts, recipes, and laughter. They helped teach and guide the children and developed a strong community.
Our signature event, “Legends in the Making”, challenges individuals of school age, (6-21) to make a difference in their community and to keep the spirit that made our forefathers and their legendary actions alive. They are encouraged to help where they can and come up with solutions to solve problems in their schools and communities. All goals set, are attainable, for participating youth who are learning to become outstanding community leaders as a team or by themselves. This restores pride in themselves and their communities and instills in them a can-do attitude.
With technology and advancement, we no longer run herds together and most of the gathering and sorting is done with pickup trucks and squeeze chutes, but the social heart of where cutting began lives on in all of the people involved and it is so strong that it will live on for many more generations to come.
A point system will be awarded based on a criteria set by the committee to award points during the time period between the March Aged Event and the September Futurity. Points accumulated will be used at live auction to buy prizes and scholarships donated by individuals, the community and Gold Buckle Champion. They may also contain services provided by leaders in our community, such as a day with a Veterinarian, Doctor, or Business leader. The sky is the limit when coming up with ideas on what can be auctioned off. These are all attainable goals for participating youth who are learning to become outstanding community leaders as a team or by themselves. Children without extraordinary notoriety will have as much an opportunity to gain as many points as their counterparts, sometimes more.
Points will be awarded for:
Student Body Offices – including but not limited to schools. This can include your local FFA, 4-H, High School Rodeo, Dance, Gymnastics, etc. If in doubt, ask!
Exemplary actions or ideas involving youth or the community. This can be chairing a can food drive, coat drive, Toys for Tots , etc. This list is not complete, show us what you can do!
Best use of Idaho Products – Points given for best use of Idaho product for manufacturing, recipes, crafts, etc. The best ideas come from necessity. The best food recipes will be awarded the “Gold Buckle Champion” Seal of approval and featured at one of the top restaurants.
Clinics – Points for giving a clinic on a craft or art form or a way to make things safer or easier.
Awards – points given for awards you have received from your church, school, or service organization. Copies of originals will be honored.
Volunteer – Points given for each hour you have volunteered for a non-profit or service organization. This can also include reading to the elderly in a nursing home, paint the town, Salvation Army bell ringer, etc. This list is not complete.. Give us your ideas on how you can make a difference.
50 points for every hour – must be documented by the organization leader.
Community Classes– Points given for attending classes and seminars by participating businesses. Take a class to broaden your horizons and win points for doing it.
25 Points for each class. Click here for details on participating partners.
Communities Choice – Additional Points will be given based on extraordinary actions by opinion of the judging committee.