Dwaine Samson 

The Top Hand award is giving to someone within the community that has volunteered countless hours to the Payette County Rodeo. This year we are honored to give this award to Dwaine Samson. Dwaine is a New Plymouth native, graduate of Fruitland, and a resident of Weiser.  No matter where life has taken him, the trail has led him back, again and again, to the arena in New Plymouth. Samson’s interest in rodeo has included everything from riding bulls to team roping, but if you ask him about himself you will quickly learn that he is more more comfortable telling you about his accomplishments of the Payette County Rodeo and the upgrades that he has seen over the years. Samson has volunteered at the Payette County Rodeo for the past 39 and was President of the board for 13 years --definitely the long stretch. Dwaine’s proud family includes his wife Jodi, two grown children, and five grandchildren who have watched him evolve from competitor to volunteer to board member. This honor is well-deserved for a man who has spent countless hours keeping the tradition of the Payette County Rodeo alive for future generations.

Past Top Hand Award Receipts:

2021: Alan Johnson

2020: LeRoy Atwood

2019: Penny LaCrone

2018: Dwaine Samson

2017: Cody Samson