Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Sign up now for Backcountry Run, volunteers needed

     Save-money early registration deadline of $30 per person for the 34th annual Elephant’s Perch Backcountry Run is Wednesday, July 16 online through You can also register in person at The Perch retail store in Ketchum for $30 per person through Thursday, July 17 at 6 p.m.

     The 2014 event featuring 16.5-mile and 10-mile distances on single track trails in the Adams Gulch and Fox Creek areas is Saturday, July 19 starting at 8 a.m. from the Hulen Meadows Park three miles north of Ketchum. The courses are challenging, with 3,570 of vertical feet exchanged.

     You can also sign up at the Perch for the $40 late fee on Friday, July 18. There is no race day registration. Pick up race packets Friday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Perch or on race morning prior to 7:45 a.m.

     The post-race event includes awards and raffle prizes. Results will be posted at the finish. Last year, 208 runners finished both courses.

     Race organizer Bob Rosso has put out the call for race volunteers. He said people are needed with the start/finish area. One shift of helpers will start at 8:30 a.m. July 19, and another shift about 9:30 a.m. Call him at 720-2879 or email


Camas County Rodeo happens this weekend

     The Camas County Rodeo in Fairfield has a brand-new arena and committed cowboys and cowgirls for a great small-town rodeo this coming weekend.

     The Idaho Cowboys Association (ICA)/Intermountain Pro Rodeo Association (ImPRA) rodeo is set for Friday and Saturday, July 11-12 at 6 p.m. at C Me Later Rodeo Arena. Stock is provided by Bar None.

     Slack performance is Saturday at 10 a.m. Featured are the standard rough stock and timed rodeo events—bareback riding and saddle bronc, bullriding, steer wrestling, team roping, calf roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping—plus novice saddle bronc and bullriding, and ranch bronc (not ICA sanctioned).

     It’s the sixth annual Fairfield rodeo sponsored by the city’s Chamber of Commerce. Admission is $8 per person, with kids 8-and-under free.

     On Friday night only, there will be mutton bustin’ for the kids and Hometown Bullriding. Call 208-539-3565 for registration. Music is planned for Saturday night after the rodeo. There will be a beer garden and food vendors.

     Title sponsors are the Camas Creek Country Store, American Legion Post No. 19, L.M. Davenport and Les Schwab of Hailey and Mountain Home. Visit for details.


SVSEF begins accepting registrations

     Registration is underway for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s upcoming 2014-15 season. Disciplines include alpine, cross country, freestyle/freesking and snowboard.

     Children in the second grade and up are eligible to participate. For younger age groups, dryland training begins in October and skiing after Thanksgiving. Older age groups train year-round with on-snow camps and training offered during the summer months.

     Registration and scholarships forms are available at Or, contact office manager Mimi Crocker at 726-4129 ext. 101.


High school equestrian competes in Canada

     Local junior hunter/jumper equestrian and Wood River High School junior Macy Mitchell competed recently on the international level at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, B.C., Canada in the Fraser Valley near Vancouver.

     Mitchell and her mount “Kantos” brought home respectable ribbons in the 1.10-meter (3 foot, 7 inches) Children's Division. She made her way through rounds in the 1.15 (3’9”) Modified Junior Division. Macy competed in two, $1,500, 1.15m Open Classics—placing fourth in a field of 26.

     She had left the Oregon show circuit in late June after being 3'6" Junior Hunter Champion and coming in 13th out of 38 pro and amateur riders in the $2,500 U.S. Hunter Jumper Association National Hunter Derby on “Ringmaster.” Mitchell also took third in the $1,000 AD/CH 1.10m Jumper Classic on “Kantos.”

     Macy's dedication and good spirit has also earned her a spot on the Adult/Child Regional Jumping Team consisting of only two teams of four riders selected by committee from three states here in the Northwest. The two teams will compete against other teams from around the Region (a total of 11 states) in Sacramento; September of this year.

     She trains locally with Teresa Englehart of Autumn Hills in Hailey, operated out of Sagebrush Arena.

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