2023 Grand Marshall

Donnie Clay

I was born to Frank and Joan Clay. We lived in New Meadows, Pittsburg on the Snake River, and in Riggins till I was 5, depending where my Dad was stationed on the Circle C Ranch. We stayed in Riggins when my sister and I started to school. In the summer months, when I was 12, I would go with Dad and help with the haying for the ranch. As I got older I started breaking and shoeing horses and cowboying for the ranch. I married my wife Marty in 1976 and we had two children, Joni and Chad. We rodeoed many years together and enjoyed the rodeo family. We took our kids to Rodeos and 4-H events thru their childhood years. Thru all my younger years I rode bulls (briefly), saddlebronc (made it to National High School Rodeo Finals and the National Little Britches finals), and team roped till I lost my last horse. Now I ride 4-wheelers and enjoy life with my family. I have also been raising my own beef for the family and have finally grown a 1000 pound steer. After working for Circle C, I worked briefly for Salmon River Lumber Co., Stay-Rite Truces, and Glen Bowdem. I started running heavy equipment for Glen and then moved on to Hess Construction, Ken Walters and Lance Hess for numerous years. Now Iím foreman for Idaho County Road Department in Riggins and looking forward to retirement. I have been a member of Salmon River Cowboys Association for over 40 years and been Director, Vice-President, and Arena Director. My whole family is involved in helping put on the Riggins Rodeo. Joni as Secretary/Treasurer, Chad as President and chute puller, Mike as Director and latch tripper, Barb in ticket sales, Randy my brother-in-law as chute boss and Director, and Grandsons : one on return alley gate, one on stripping chute and one on chalk board. I am proud to say a Clay has been a part of the Riggins Rodeo every year since the Salmon River Cowboy Association was established in 1948. We are four generations deep in Riggins Rodeo. I am very proud and honored to be this yearís Grand Marshal.

 

2022 Grand Marshall

Marty Clay

I was born and raised in the Salmon River Canyon. My parents were Bob and Jessie Spickelmire. I was raised with two brothers; I being the youngest. When I was about 8 years old our great uncle gave us a Shetland pony, Fancy. (I was hooked on horses from then on, they were in my blood.) I rode Fancy in PeeWee, Little Britches, and Jr. Rodeos in our area. She was the first horse I rode in the Riggins Rodeo. It was every little girls dream to be riding with the big girls in your home town rodeo. What a crowd pleaser as it still is today. When I was about 12 my Dads boss, Warren Brown, gave me my first big horse from his ranch. He said if I was going to rodeo I needed a horse not a pony. She took me to the State High School Rodeo Finals. I became Riggins Rodeo Princess in 1973 and 1974, and Rodeo Queen in 1975. I have had numerous horses since then, all very special to me and they kept me rodeoing and staying connected to my rodeo family. I joined the SRCA when I was in high school and have been involved with it pretty much every year since then. I don't know if I have ever missed a rodeo. I married my husband, Donnie, in 1976 and rodeoed with him for many years. We had two children, Joni and Chad. They learned to ride at an early age. I became a 4-H leader when they were old enough to be in Horse 4-H. I also coached High School Volleyball for 9 years and JV Basketball a year. My son and I also cowboyed for Jack and Arlene Hubbard taking the cows to and from the mountains. And I can't forget working and training my SAR's dog, Niki, for 10+ years, this all in my spare time of my regular job. I became Secretary for the Rodeo in the early 80's. I took a couple of years off when my daughter was in High School Rodeo so we could help with the Dist. 3 High School Rodeos as Barrel Racing Directors. Then I took back the Rodeo Secretary job for Riggins again. I continued as Secretary/Treasurer till my daughter, Joni, took it over about 9-10 years ago. I still help with pay-outs and whatever else I am able to do. I am proud to say my whole family is still very much involved in the Rodeo. From my Husband being Vice-President and Arena Director, to my Daughter Secretary/Treasurer, to my Son-in-law being Director and Chute Gate tripper, to my Son President and Chute Gate puller, to my Daughter-in-law working in the ticket and t-shirt booth, to my Brother Director and Chute Boss, and all three Grandsons, one on the return alley gate, one on the stripping chute, and one on the chalk board giving us the scores, and numerous cousins helping where needed. There has been a Clay involved with the Riggins Rodeo every year since the Salmon River Cowboys Assoc. started back in 1948. When I was told they had voted me to be the Grand Marshall I was kinda surprised. I'm not old enough yet, (the Grand Marshalls are always older people and in my mind I'm not old yet, my body might tell me differently; just ask my Aunts or Uncles they still think I'm a kidÖ) Thank you all for the wonderful years of being able to work alongside some of the greatest people I know. It has been a privilege to put on one of the best Rodeos around with you. I am very Proud and Honored to be this year's Riggins Rodeo Grand Marshall.

2021 Grand Marshall

Steve Pratt

 

2019 Grand Marshall

Ward Hall

 

2018 Grand Marshall

Gary Miller 

 

2017 Honorary Grand Marshall

Dave Wilson 

 

2016 Grand Marshalls

Buck and Jeannie Fitch

 

2015 Grand Marshall

Patty Barham-Solberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Grand Marshalls

Jack and Arlene Hubbard