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Black Diamond Legends Pro Rodeo Stock Contractor

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Pat and Juanita O'Maley have been involved in rodeo for many years. Pat competed in high school rodeo, joined the Idaho Cowboys Association in 1963 and won the first Rookie of the Year Award given by the ICA. In 1964, Pat filled his permit and joined the Rodeo Cowboys Association, now know as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Pat traveled for 7 years professionally before returning to the ranks of the Northwest (ICA, ImPRA, NRA)and Senior Pro Rodeo Associations.

A decision to purchase a farming/ranching operation in Shoshone prevented Pat from continuing as a professional bull rider. However, Pat did go on to win two bull riding championships in the Idaho Cowboys Association and one Championship in the Eastern Idaho Rodeo Association. Pat still holds one of the top records for the highest marked ride in the ImPRA (88 points).

Although Juanita did not actively compete, she served as secretary of the Idaho Cowboys Association for three years. She served as secretary for the Lincoln County Rodeo for 25 years. Juanita was selected as the 2004 Wilderness Circuit Rodeo Finals secretary and served as the 2005 Assistant secretary. Juanita can be found sorting, loading, flanking, or timing when needed. Pat & Juanita were both instrumental in starting the Lincoln County Fair and Rodeo in 1976.

Pat and Juanita served as Directors for the 5th district High School Rodeo Association. Pat started with the 5th District in 1976 and helped organize the Shoshone High School Rodeo in 1985.

The O'Maley's started in the rodeo business in 1981 with the help of two very good friends, Max Hoggan and George Walker. The Slash T name was derived from the O'Maley cattle brand. Slash T Pro Rodeo Company now produces around 30 rodeos each year in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and California, as well as providing top bucking horses and bulls for year end finals and other events.

The O'Maley's now reside in Gooding, Idaho.

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