Katie Breckenridge and Rob Struthers of Picabo’s B Bar B Ranch are among the new 2019 inductees of the Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame. Both are past inductees of the Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame.
Another Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee is Gooding’s Juanita O’Maley. Her Slash T Rodeo Company operated with husband Pat O’Maley was for years the stock contractor of Hailey’s Days of the Old West Rodeo over Independence Day.
New inductees include rough stock rider Jed Baker, Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Bobby Christensen, trick rider Linda Christensen Parkhurst of Eugene, Ore., rodeo clown and barrelman John “Chipmunk” Taylor of Filer, and bareback champion and rodeo judge Hank Williams of Filer.
The Hall of Fame inductions will take place Oct. 26 at Canyon Crest Dining and Event Center, Twin Falls.
Breckenridge, 74, a 1963 Twin Falls High School graduate and Colorado State University education graduate who grew up riding horses, managed the Sun Valley dude string and Sun Valley Horseman’s Center during the 1960s. She worked for her parents managing Busterback Ranch in the Stanley Basin.
She was the first woman on the board of the Intermountain Quarter Horse Association. During the 1980s she built her own horse training stables on the B Bar B Ranch in Picabo. Breckenridge ran a 1,500 cattle feedlot and grew some of county’s best dairy quality hay.
Breckenridge married Struthers, whose family had been involved in agriculture and business in southern Idaho since 1883. He had been an operator in organic hay, pasture and dry pasture ranches with beef cattle, sheep and American quarter horses in four counties since 1973.
In 1993, Breckenridge and Struthers merged their operations basing the combined businesses at Picabo’s B Bar B, according to their Rodeo Hall of Fame biographies. In 2000, all of their lands, sheep and beef cattle became certified organic. They started Picabo Lean Inc. to market livestock.
The ranch is home to over 80 head of brood mares, two-year-olds and older horses. They represent over 30 years of a horse breeding program.
Struthers, a current member of the Carey Rural Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners, has organized a rancher and farmer group that has protected private property rights for the county’s agricultural lands. A hydrographer, he has been a member and board chairman of Idaho’s Water District 37.
Juanita O’Maley, born in Gooding where she graduated high school in 1965, grew up in the Leguineche rodeo family. She met husband Pat O’Maley at the 1965 Filer rodeo.
They married and bought a Shoshone ranch in 1971 where they raised two daughters. The O’Maleys helped start Shoshone’s Lincoln County Rodeo in 1976 and joined with others to originate the 5th District High School Rodeo.
In 1981 the O’Maleys decided to give back more to the sport of rodeo and started Slash T Rodeo Company. Juanita was secretary and timer for many Idaho rodeos like Days of the Old West. She and Pat did about everything needed to keep rodeos moving.
The couple, married 53 years, sold their ranch seven years ago and bought a resort cabin/RV park on the Little Salmon River near Riggins.
The Cowboy Reunion and Meet-and-Greet is Friday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m., with the Saturday inductions sponsored by DL Evans Bank starting at 4 p.m. with the social hour.
To make reservations for either the Friday Cowboy Reunion or Saturday social, buffet dinner with silent and live auctions, contact Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame director Charmy LeaVell at 208-539-0202.
Other Rodeo Hall of Fame members from this area include Kelly Wardell and David Stoecklein. For more information and biographies, visit idahorodeo.com.