The Omak Suicide Race returns in 2021

Omak, Washington is a remote town in northern Washington, on the border of the Colville Indian reservation. The town is known for its annual rodeo, the Omak Stampede, and the controversial Suicide Race that runs with it. It has been called “The Deadliest Horse Race in the World.” Cancelled in 2020, the insanely treacherous Suicide… Continue reading The Omak Suicide Race returns in 2021

The horse torturing Calgary Stampede is back

Bronco horse throws rider at the Calgary Stampede. Unattributed Google search result.

Following protracted discussions with local officials, The Calgary Stampede was finally cancelled in 2020 because of potentially dangerous COVID-19 related complications. It was the first time the Canadian rodeo had been cancelled in more than a century. The Stampede resumed this year on Friday, 9th July in a slightly altered edition of itself. We will… Continue reading The horse torturing Calgary Stampede is back

Chuckwagon Race Report

Image from chuckwagon racing in Clinton, Arkansas, 2019.

The Calgary Stampede is not the only venue conducting chuckwagon races but it is the one that garners the most attention and publicity because of the number of horses it kills and has killed over the years. Chuckwagon races are also run south of the Canadian border in the USA such as in Clinton, Arkansas… Continue reading Chuckwagon Race Report

Prescott rodeo going ahead despite record spike of COVID-19 cases in Arizona

Bucking bronco. Prescott Frontier Days, Prescott, Arizona. Image by Julie Jacobson (Associated Press).

Prescott Frontier Days in Arizona, billed as the “World’s Oldest Rodeo”, is going ahead June 29 — July 5, 2020 despite increased cases of COVID-19 across the US. A record spike has been reported in six states, including Arizona (see more below in Related Reading). In the meantime, Cowboy Resource Network states: “Tens of thousands… Continue reading Prescott rodeo going ahead despite record spike of COVID-19 cases in Arizona

Texas company clones famous rodeo horse

Prometea grazing with her "dame", the first cloned horses.

By Matthew Kinchla, ABC News Channel 7 ( June 10th 2020) — AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) — There is no question, the bond between human and animal is special. However, humans typically outlive their favorite pet, their best animal worker, or even their best racer. One Texas organization is making it possible through cloning, to keep that relationship… Continue reading Texas company clones famous rodeo horse

Calgary Stampede cancelled for 1st time in almost a century

Bucking bronco horse ejects cowboy. Globe & Mail. Calgary Stampede rodeo. 2015.

'It was mandatory' The Calgary Stampede will not go forward this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials announced Thursday. This year's event was scheduled for July 3-12, but was deemed unworkable given the ban on large gatherings and the need for physical distancing. "This is very, very tough. Stampede is such an important part… Continue reading Calgary Stampede cancelled for 1st time in almost a century

Calgary Stampede still facing cancellation

The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition, and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The ten-day event, which bills itself as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", attracts over one million visitors per year and features one of the world's largest rodeos, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing,… Continue reading Calgary Stampede still facing cancellation

No Stampede this year could force some cowboys to leave rodeo sports

Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Races consistently result in injury and death of the horses used for this barbaric and archaic event.

Retired chuckwagon driver concerned sport won't survive if rodeos cancelled Natalie Valleau, reporting for CBC News, writes on Mar 25, 2020: The rodeo world is worried about the future of the Calgary Stampede this summer and many are wondering how the pandemic will impact their sport. Last week, the Calgary Stampede temporarily laid off 80 per… Continue reading No Stampede this year could force some cowboys to leave rodeo sports

NYC legislators wrangle with proposed ban on cruel rodeo acts

Rodeo returns to Madison Square Garden June 2020.

Rodeos are modern day gladiator games — blood sport masquerading as entertainment. Make no mistake about it: bull riding and other rodeo events are not family-friendly entertainment. Animals used in rodeos are forced to travel city to city to put on a show that revolves around humans terrorizing them until they act out of terror, pain and exhaustion. Many animals are injured, and some are killed as a result.

Rodeos: Make electro-shocking horses illegal

•  SIGN THE PETITION » Rodeos across the nation are sold as fun for the whole family, but they often have a dark underbelly of animal abuse.  Recent footage of a rodeo held at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Park in Castro Valley, California, confirms that this event was no different. These horses, who are already under… Continue reading Rodeos: Make electro-shocking horses illegal