Local cowboys hope to shine, and a bull ride like none other

NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) - Idaho cowboys showed off in a big way on Thursday, and more than a dozen Gem Staters hoped the trend continued on Friday, including an all-Idaho team roping duo.

Mountain Home native John O'Conner has been coming to nampa for 20 years. He's teamed up with Snake River Stampede rookie Stoney Fred from Paul, Idaho.

It was their first time working together, and wasn't their night. But both cowboys know the importance of local competitors in Nampa, and beyond.

"Just fun. The love of the game, and the competition. As you get older you can rope. We team rope, so you can rope for quite a long time in your life. It's really enjoyable," said O'Conner.

"The guys really hitting the road hard know that without us local guys, it's hard to make a rodeo happen. So, they like having us here, too. And it gives the local guys a chance to go and win big money," added Fred.

Best rides of the night, included three-time World Bareback Champion Will Lowe, who rode his way to the highest score (89) of the Stampede on Spanish Knights.

Casey Huckabee's score wasn't as high, but he did come away with the most memorable ride of the night. Huckabee's bull fought so hard he put himself on the ground, but Huckabee stayed put.