Should Jordan Valley rodeo call off the horse roping event? (poll)


From: Oregon Live

By: Katherine Driessen

horsetrippingLess than a year after the Oregon Legislature banned horse tripping for entertainment, the Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo is planning to move forward with its horse roping event.

Rodeo organizers say horse roping is different from horse tripping, which is when a horse’s neck and forelegs are roped, causing it to fall. Animal rights activists disagree: Horse roping is horse tripping, they say.

An online petition that has generated 10,000-plus signatures is calling on the rodeo to cancel the horse roping event. That’s unlikely to happen.

We want to know what call you would make. Let us know in the poll and feel free to expand in the comment section below.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Morgan Griffith

    How big of an idiot do you have to be to put the qualifier “intentional” into horse tripping? Surely no one thinks that you can rope a horse around the neck and the front feet and that horse won’t trip. Do they have a psychic on the sideline who reads the ropers mind and lets the authorities know if the roper was intending for the horse to trip? Surely the horse does not feel the rope and come to a complete voluntary stop. Oh for crying out loud, just how useless is this sherrif and why isn’t he willing to enforce the laws of the state of Oregon? If he can’t do his job then the state should send officers who do have enough backbone. The sherrif may have been born stupid (or greedy) but I wasn’t

    May 16, 2014
  • Eric Mills

    A no-brainer.

    An outraged public should be calling and emailing Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe, demanding that he enforce current animal welfare law in that state. Reportedly, he’s not planning to do so.

    EMAIL –
    TEL. – 541/473-5126

    Some Letters to the Editors of newspapers around the state of Oregon would help, too.

    Twelve states have banned “horse tripping”–Only ONE (Nebraska, 2009) got the language right, specifically banning the ROPING OR LASSOING OF HORSES BY THE LEGS. This would outlaw “big loop roping” and three of the charreada’s (Mexican-style rodeo) nine standard events. Other states and local jurisdictions should follow suit.

    Eric Mills, coordinator

    May 16, 2014
    • Morgan Griffith

      thank you for the good information Eric. will act upon this.

      May 17, 2014
  • Anna Garner

    There is nothing safe or humane about your kind of entertainment…. its shear stupidity and a outlet for your own EXTREAM MAULFUNTIONS IN YOUR ROTEN WORTHLESS LIVES …… IT NEEDS TO END …..

    May 16, 2014
  • Shirley Mix

    Yes, you can break a neck or legs doing that. What kind of people do this to animals. They have feelings too.

    May 16, 2014
  • Mary Anne Gardner


    May 16, 2014
  • jill

    STOP THE HORSE TRIPPING!!! It’s cruel and intentional punishment inflicted upon innocent and unsuspecting animals!! It’s neck breaking, spine breaking, leg breaking cruelty. When are those guys going to knock it off!!!???? What a stupid “sport”!! They know it hurts. They don’t care. It’s JUST a horse. Somebody get the Sheriff….or someone who is above him!!! Thank you for your time.

    May 16, 2014
  • Margaret

    Pulling a horse off his feet for entertainment is tripping. All this side stepping and trying to circumvent the law with this double talk is cow manure.

    The movie Buck shows Buck roping a single back leg WITH NO intention of hurting that stud. It was to distract the horse. The difference is subtle but quite significant. Buck was roping for safety. He wasn’t using his skill to make money or for sport.

    To an extent these guys do that–but then it go sideways. The intention is too rope and pull the horse off his feet.

    May 16, 2014
  • Sandra

    This is just cruel and needs to stop. And people wonder what’s wrong with our world. We allow this kind of thing to go on and are shocked by the lack of reverence for life, for all life. Wake u

    May 16, 2014
  • Tracey Williamson

    These ego driven cowboys will tell you people are misinformed, that this is culture, tradition. How many cruelties are hidden and gotten away with under the guise of those words. We know exactly what you are doing, and animal cruelty is not entertainment, a right or a freedom. The horses are made to do this , not given a choice. If this is such great fun, please feel free to rope each other at a dead run and jerk each other to the ground, then give us your opinion on the fun of that.

    May 16, 2014
  • Sue

    People have to stop supporting rodeos, hit them in their money pocket. start protesting with your money

    May 17, 2014
  • Karen Davies

    This is barbaric and shows the true nature and intelligence of the American public to the rest of the world! Ban this event and charge any of the “competitors” with animal cruelty!

    May 17, 2014
  • Talia Sofizade

    This is disgusting. How can anyone consider this funny or fun?!

    May 17, 2014
  • michelle manion

    so sad it makes me sick

    May 17, 2014
  • Cassandra

    Rodeos should be banned outright. It’s long overdue. Any exploitation of an animal is wrong. I have seen these animals standing in pens waiting for their
    performance.” They are going nuts with fear and anxiety. More willful ignorance when someone stands to make a buck.

    May 17, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    Continuing to do something because back in the day that’s how they did it really isn’t enough of a reason. Things have changed – hopefully for the better. Using natural horsemanship is easier for both the animals & the trainers. Apparently the supposed downside is its not as “exciting” for an audience who has no knowledge of what it really takes to train a horse. I think its the same audience “excitement” that comes from the TWH “big lick”. So anything to sell tickets & make money – isn’t that what they are saying?

    May 17, 2014
  • LeeAnn T. Garza

    Physics determines where the body of the 1000 or more pound horse is going to go. Their heads hit the ground with a horrible blow, limbs will be folded in places where there is no joint to bend. A broken leg on any horse ends his life. What part of a human weighing a mere 200 lbs will hit the ground If we rope their legs while they’re in a dead run? … OH DEAD RUN? YEAH DEAD RUN means EXACTLY THAT! Stop using Animals for your inhumane MAN entertainment. LETS ROPE AND TRIP GROWN MEN FOR THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS. No Helmets! No Padding! No Tap Outs! MEN ARE SISSIYS when it comes to possible pain inflicted on them. But they PAY BIG BUCKS to watch inflicted pain on WHO or what they believe to be lesser beings than themselves. STOP SUPPORTING THESE EVENTS.

    May 17, 2014
  • mary seiden

    STOP THE CRUELTY, Sick people

    May 18, 2014