Since 2001, the Idaho Horse Park Foundation, Inc. has been a key partner in the development and ongoing success of the Ford Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho.

 

The Idaho Horse Park Foundation’s mission statement is to preserve and protect Idaho’s western heritage by developing a world class equestrian facility with the continuing goal of expanding, maintaining and procuring top-notch equestrian events.

 

The Ford Idaho Horse Park hosts up to 28 national and regional horse shows that generate $27+ Million tourism dollars to the local Treasure Valley business community each year. The Ford Idaho Horse Park also hosts the Snake River Stampede Rodeo, which is a top PRCA event that generates additional revenue and national acclaim for our community. Horse show participants arrive from all over the United States and Canada. They spend significant dollars on hotels, food, entertainment, clothing, fuel, vehicle maintenance, etc.  This is direct revenue to our community and local businesses.

 

The Foundation has had much success and been a major factor in the development of the horse park facility thus far.  We do this through fundraising efforts, such as our bi-annual Equus & Overture Gala slated for October 18, 2024, the sale of arena floor tiles with brand, business or personal information and private donations.  We are a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible.

Donate

All donations to the Idaho Horse Park Foundation, Inc. benefit the Ford Idaho Horse Park, and are 501(c)(3) tax deductible. Donations can be made by:

  • Mail donation check to: Idaho Horse Park Foundation, Inc.
  •   16114 Idaho Center Blvd.
       Nampa, Idaho. 83687
  • Contacting any Board Member 
  • Upon check out from a reservation booked at the Ford Idaho Horse Park

For additional information contact Idaho Horse Park Foundation, Inc. IHPF2001@gmail.com

Equus & Overture

2024 Equus & Overture "Horses and All That Jazz" on Friday, October 18, 2024

Equus & Overture is our chance to showcase the gorgeous facility that we consider the "Gem of Nampa", and this year we will present a program as special as our 21st Anniversary deserves. 

This one-of-a-kind event features a gourmet dinner served ringside as top horse and rider teams from several different discipline's present programs to the accompaniment of live music. We will have exciting updates about the future growth of the park as well as special presentations and recognitions of people who have been crucial to our development and growth. 

If this isn't enough to entice you to join us, we also have one of the most exciting live auction offerings we have ever presented! Auction items include a handmade one-of-a-kind collectors saddle donated by Rick Bean, award-winning member of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association, as well as a beautiful reclaimed-wood framed flat screen television donated by Hadley Old West and the Idaho Horse Park Foundation.

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Legacy Tiles

Inside the Les Schwab Corral can be found a beautiful featured floor showcasing custom engraved tiles in recognition of supporters who further the mission of the Horse Park Foundation and the western way of life.  These tiles are available for a sponsorship of $750 and limited availaibity remains.  For more information about supporting the Horse Park Foundation through Legacy Tiles contact Sherri Boardman via IHPF2001@gmail.com or 208-861-2188.

Contact

Contact the board members directly at IHPF2001@gmail.com or 208-861-2188.

Mailing address for the Idaho Horse Park Foundation:

16114 Idaho Center Blvd.
Nampa, ID 83687

Shuler Arch

The Schuler family is a prominent dairy family owning Schulerlane Dairy.  In memory of Jim Schuler, an avid horseman who owned and raced Thoroughbreds,  the Idaho Horse Park Foundation received a donation from his mother in his memory.  Mrs. Schuler made a substantial donation and the Schuler Arch was created with the intent to beautify the Horse Park and provide a beautiful area to take win photos for park participants.

Simplot Arch

The Simplot Arch graces the avenue to the 17 acres to the east of the arena.  Esther Simplot, an accomplished horsewoman, appreciated the vision to create the Idaho Horse Park. Mrs. Simplots significant donation was instrumental in purchasing the 17 acres that now encompasses outdoor competition arenas and is a beautiful park area to spectate and enjoy many equestrian disciplines.

Union Pacific Caboose

In the early stages of the Idaho Horse Park development, Ken King, public relations, was contacted by a VIP of Union Pacific Railroad.  He stated he was a horse enthusiast and had a caboose dating back to the early 1900’s that was not being used any longer and he would donate it for the purpose of turning it into a concession car or announcers booth.  It was ours for the taking for free but with the stipulation we had to figure out how to get it onto the property.  Not to be deterred, Ken King and Rod Orrison negotiated with a supervisor from the Emmett Railroad site that offered rails and a lift to remove and place it at its current location which he did at no charge also to support the development of the Horse Park.

Les Schwab Corral

The addition of the concession area at the front of the Sports Arena was built by donations from the Idaho Horse Park Foundation, North Nampa Urban Renewal District and the City of Nampa. The architect chosen for the project was Nampa local Stan Olson.  He had a vision to compliment the horse park by having natural elements and horse park steeples.  The floor tiles in the concession area are the result of a fundraising effort by the Foundation which is still ongoing and a way for individuals to be a permenant part of this great facility.

RV Expansion

RV Park Rendering 2.aThe Idaho Horse Park Foundation,Inc. is proud to join the City of Nampa and the Snake River Stampede in launching the RV Park Expansion project adding 60 additional full hook-up RV spaces to the Horse Park. These 60 new spaces, in addition to the existing 44 spaces, will help increase the comfort of our participants during their stay and keep our facility as one of the nation’s top places to hold equestrian events. Groundbreaking was November 3, 2023, and the first phase of the project is expected to be completed for the 2024 season. The second phase, another 28 spaces, is proposed as well as a shower facility and playground which are currently in the fundraising process.

The City of Nampa and Snake River Stampede are proud to join the Horse Park Foundation in launching the RV Park Expansion adding 88 additional full hook up stalls to the Horse Park.  This in addition to the existing 44 full hook up stalls will launch the Horse Aprk into the next level of equine competition and show.  

Ground breaking is scheudled for November 3 and the project is expected to be completed in Summer of 2023 in time for the 2023 Horse Park Season! 

RV Expansion Rendering     Learn More / Donate

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Sherri Boardman         Curtis Homer               Nancy Steal            Brenda Mittleider          Glynis Calhoun
President                        Vice President              Treasurer                 Secretary                          Director
Since 2003                     Since 2021                     Since 2001                Since 2019                        Since 2022

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Jeannine Ickes             Mary Robinson             Rod Orrison               Dan McGregor              Robin Knight, DVM
Director                            Director                           Director                         Director                        Director
Since 2000                      Since 2023                    Since 2000                   Since 2021                   Since 2018

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 George King        Sarah Bales              Laura Kirakofe
 Director                Director                     Director
 Since 2021          Since 2024                Since 2024

 

Honorary Board Members:

Esther SImplot

Lionel Ickes, DVM

Rick Youngblood

Arlene Youngblood

Paula Cook

Did You Know: A Message from the Board of Directors

National and regional horse shows at the Idaho Horse Park currently generate $27+ Million tourism dollars to the local Nampa business community each year. These dollars directly help your business!  Horse show participants arrive from all over the United States and Canada.  They spend significant dollars on hotels, food, entertainment, clothing, fuel, vehicle maintenance, etc.  This is direct revenue to your business, which is benefited by these horse shows.

 

The Idaho Horse Park is located adjacent to the Ford Idaho Center on the Idaho Center campus and attracts competitors, their families, support staff and approximately 6000 horses to Nampa between April and October every year. The Idaho Horse Park Foundation has been a key partner in the development and ongoing success of the Idaho Horse Park. 

 

The primary means of fundraising is our biannual Equus & Overture Gala next slated for October 2024. Since 2006, this event has featured top-notch equestrians performing to live music while approximately 500 guests, including many dignitaries, enjoy dinner and wine.  Past musical performances have included the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, Dueling Pianos and other local artists.  Previous equestrian performers have included Olympic level riders and medalists. The event features a silent auction, live auction and other fundraising opportunities.  This is where you can help.  All proceeds go to the promotion and improvement of the Idaho Horse Park.  Sponsorships and donations are 501(c)(3) tax deductible.

 

Our current goal is the expansion of our RV facilities that will provide much needed additional spaces for our participants. This will increase participant numbers and tourism dollars.

 

We hope to have you join us for this unique, special evening and are asking for your partnership and participation to benefit not only our city, our community and our state but also your business as well!

Idaho Horse Park Foundation: A Western Way of Life

 

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