Idaho Gold Buckle Champions

Posted by on March 14, 2012 in In The News | 0 comments

Idaho Gold Buckle Champions

Have your photo taken with some of Gold Buckle Champion favorites on Saturday March 24, 2012 at the Weekend Show and Canyon County’s Taste of Idaho Adventures, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Meet some of the great representatives of Idaho and Horse Sports.


Chelsi Horton

BSU Rodeo Team
Chelsi Hortin is a a student at Boise State University Majoring in Social Sciences with a Minor in Public Relations. She is the Vice President of the Boise State Rodeo Club as well as trying to create an awareness of the affiliation that the rodeo club shares with the football team.
Chelsi enjoys competing in local rodeos and barrel races as well as supporting the Boise State Rodeo Club in efforts to promote Boise State through the NIRA. She spends a lot of her spare time on horseback, training horses and teaching younger riders how to improve their skills. She is also a HUGE Boise State Football fan, and having this opportunity to represent them on her horse is a dream come true!
Chelsi has always taken the time to help all organizations expose children to the positive attributes of horse sports and the western way of life.

Miss Rodeo Idaho
Caitlin Thornton
Caitlin’s enthusiasm for the sport of rodeo and the state of Idaho played an integral part in earning her the title of Miss Rodeo Idaho 2012. On July 20th, 2011, at the 96th annual Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho, Caitlin became the 57th Miss Rodeo Idaho.
Caitlin is the 23-year-old daughter of Dan and Pat Thornton of Meridian, Idaho. She is a Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho native who moved to Twin Falls in 2005. As a part of the Twin Falls High School Rodeo team she competed in Barrel Racing, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping, and Pole Bending. Later she joined the College of Southern Idaho Equestrian team and earned the honor of competing in the English and Western Semi-Finals in 2008 and 2009. Caitlin has also been an active member of the American Quarter Horse Association competing in Reining and Working Cowhorse.
Promoting the sport of rodeo across the state and nation is an exciting prospect for Caitlin; she wants to bring her love of rodeo to others who may not have had a chance to attend one. Working alongside the Snake River Stampede Board affords her the opportunity to reach out to many individuals. As Miss Rodeo Idaho and her partnership with Stampede for the Cure, she helps to make a difference in others lives by promoting breast cancer awareness and the availability of screening programs. You can follow Caitlin’s progress on her Facebook page as well and the Miss Rodeo Idaho website,

Miss Rodeo Caldwell
Alexis Bennett
The 2012 Caldwell Night Rodeo Queen, Alexis Bennett of Middleton, Idaho is 21-years-old and attends College of Idaho. The English Literature major with minors in Political Economy and Criminal Justice will graduate in May 2013. Bennett plans to attend Law School and work in the area of Child Advocacy. She currently interns with Borton-Lakey Law in Meridian, tutors students at C of I in the Academic Support Center, and works at Mercado Coffeehouse in Meridian.
Alexis began riding at six years of age. Her early years were spent in Ada County 4-H where she competed in English and Western events. At age nine she fell in love with the sport of rodeo and held her first title as the Elmore County Princess. Alexis has held titles with Jerome County and Hailey Days of the Old West as well as winning overall high point saddles. As a member of the Snake River Reining Alliance and the NRHA she competes as a non-pro in reining events. Alexis found that her primary reining horse enjoys rodeo too and she will begin competing with Chexy in barrel racing at IGRA rodeos this summer.
Since being crowned as the Caldwell Night Rodeo Queen, Alexis has traveled throughout the Northwest in preparation for competition at the Miss Rodeo Idaho Pageant in July. Alexis wishes to express appreciation to all of the many supporters who have helped her in her journey; she is greatly looking forward to the adventures ahead. She would like to extend special thanks to the many sponsors of the Caldwell Night Rodeo and Pageant and the fantastic CNR Board. Thank you to Interstate Batteries for your individual sponsorship as I prepare to compete at Miss Rodeo Idaho.

Any young woman of Idaho, holding a title is welcome to come and represent your event.  Come join in the FUN!

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