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Juanita O'Maley

Class of 2019

Juanita was born in Gooding, Id. where she grew up in a rodeo family, the Leguineche's. In 1965 Juanita graduated from Gooding High School. She moved to the Boise area where she attended Lady Catherine's Beauty School. In September of 1965 she along with two other friends attended the Filer Rodeo, where she met her husband to be Pat, where he was competing. On July 28,1966, they were married. Pat continued to rodeo as they settled down in the Treasure Valley area. In 1971 they purchased a ranch in Shoshone where they raised two daughters , Patti & Tammy.

While living in Shoshone they decided that Shoshone needed a rodeo after not having one since the 1940's. So with the help of some other interested people, the Lincoln County Rodeo was started in 1976. Juanita was very instrumental in getting things prepared to produce a rodeo, sold advertisement, put a simple rodeo program together, ordered food and supply for the cook shack, helped others to put up a new arena fence, painted, and started her secretary skills that she has done for 41 years. Mardean Miller was her teacher and set the wheels in motion. Ralph Stephens was the first stock contractor for the rodeo.

In 1978, Juanita was voted on to be the secretary for the Idaho Cowboys Association. She did this job for 1979, 1981. At this time she also was secretary the Idaho Cowboys Association Finals Rodeo. During this time Juanita also timed rodeos whenever she was needed. She timed the Idaho High School rodeo. Juanita & Pat along with others started the 5th District High School Rodeo in Shoshone.

In 1981 the O'Maleys decided to give more back to the sport of rodeo which they loved, so they started Slash T Rodeo Company. Pat was still riding bulls and Juanita continued to secretary all their rodeos. They started doing Jr rodeos, Western States Jr rodeos, All Indian Rodeos, open rodeos, college rodeos , Idaho Cowboys Association rodeos , a lot of these rodeos were co approved with the Eastern Idaho Rodeo Assoication, (lmPRA),& high school rodeos. Juanita continued to secretary and time when possible. Lots of times you could find Juanita behind the bucking chutes helping load, hang flanks and keeping the rodeo moving. When Slash T Rodeo had more than one rodeo at the same time, Juanita could be found flanking the bucking stock. At home she helped sort and load stock, usually hauling timed event stock and rodeo equipment. Pat & Juanita were also honored to be the Grand Marshals for the Gooding County Rodeo.

In 2001, the O'Maley's once again ventured out, purchasing a PRCA card for Diamond G Rodeo. So now it was Slash T Pro Rodeo. Twice they had bulls at the WNFR, having one bull mark a 95pts with World Champion Bull Rider, Terry Don West. Mark still is number 3 for the highest mark at the WNFR. Juanita continue to secretary/asst. secretary for the Wilderness Circuit Finals Rodeo for 8 years.

IN 2005 Pat & Juanita had an idea, so they decided to start a Pro rodeo In Mountain Home as a memorial for Daniel Dopps, a young bull rider who was fatally injured in a bullriding accident. So with the help of Daniels family and other interested people the rodeo was started. Today the rodeo continues to grow. Pat & Juanita helped restart the Bruneau Roundup Rodeo after years of having no rodeo. At one time Bruneau was one of the largest open rodeos in Idaho. Juanita was the rodeo secretary for 25 years.

Juanita has received numerous awards for secretary of year, secretary of the finals , lvin Pollard Award, 5th District Life time award and ICA Gold Card. Juanita still continues to secretary for one of the Oldest Idaho Cowboys Association Rodeos in Idaho, Grangeville, Id. Just can't give it up.

IN 2016 Pat and Juanita celebrated 50 years of marriage. Pat & Juanita sold the ranch and rodeo in 2012 and purchased a resort cabins and RV park on the beautiful Little Salmon River, just south of Riggins.

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