Box Elder officials reconsider policy after Utah horse roping backlash
To rope young horses again and again is abusive. The threats made to the woman video taping the event shows that the organizer knew how this would be perceived by the public. You can view the original video here. ~ HfH
Commissioners 435-734-3347 Fax 435-734-2038 Let us cry for the death of the real American Cowboy. This is what he has become. ~ Jerry
From: The Salt Lake City Tribune
By: Matthew Piper
Part of the appeal of roping horses is that they present a fast-moving target for the roper, who is weighing down and slowing his own mount. It can be trickier than roping cattle.
But near the 2-minute point of a YouTube video posted by Utah State journalism student Robyn Van Valkenburg, that’s not evident.
A young horse stares out through the arena’s paddock bars while the roper heaves his wide loop and misses from a yard away. If there’s still fight in this animal, it’s deep in reserve.
Yet dozens look on and wait to rope its scruffy stablemates.
Four and a half hours after more than 160 registered teams began roping at the Box Elder County Fairgrounds on Nov. 23, organizer Shawn Judkins told Van Valkenburg to erase her video and leave, she said.
“He was very serious and threatening, kind of,” she said. “I’m just this little 5-foot blonde chick.”
She’s also a horse owner and a wild horse trainer — but a post on Van Valkenburg’s blog sparked an outcry that dissuaded Judkins from holding another horse roping event Saturday. And in light of her story, Box Elder County officials are now reconsidering fairground rental policies.
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