Each performance of the Snake River Stampede the lights in the arena go down and 18 horses march into the arena to perform riding drills, and memorize captivated fans with their one-of-a-kind stunt show IN THE DARK.
Yes, you heard it here, these electric cowgirls, daredevils, and adrenaline junkies light up the entire arena with only the lights from their uniforms.
It’s the ultimate rodeo glow party and one of the most amazing and unique pieces of rodeo entertainment in the country that you can ONLY see at the Snake River Stampede.
The Snake River Stampeders were formed in 1997 by former Stampede executive secretary Jimmie Hurley. The idea was sparked by the Rodeo’s move into the air-conditioned indoor area from a traditional outdoor setting.
While many have tried to replicate the lighted drill show, the Stampeders are the only drill team to ever be invited to ride at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The team is so beloved naturally that the Stampeders have performed at the WNFR six times (1997, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2014, and 2018).
The fast paced drill team is composed of 18 women from Nampa, Caldwell, and other cities in Canyon County who audition each year to earn their place on the esteemed Stampeder team. These riders are selected by the coaching committee, Jimmie Hurley (Director), Paula Vanhoozer (Coach), and Brandi Krajnik (Asst. Coach) following a grueling annual audition. There is also a dedicated light crew and set of volunteers comprised of parents and spouses of the riders that donate their time. All the riders volunteer their time to practice, participate in local parades, and perform every night at the Snake River Stampede.