Eastern Oregon horse roping event faces scrutiny

This 2009 photo shows The Big Loop Rodeo in Jordan Valley, Ore. This annual rodeo in eastern Oregon this weekend will be under scrutiny by animal rights activists because of a new state law banning what the activists call "horse-tripping."(AP Photo/The Oregonian, Jamie Francis)
This 2009 photo shows The Big Loop Rodeo in Jordan Valley, Ore. This annual rodeo in eastern Oregon this weekend will be under scrutiny by animal rights activists because of a new state law banning what the activists call "horse-tripping."(AP Photo/The Oregonian, Jamie Francis)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Sheriff’s deputies and rodeo judges will be watching a horse roping competition this weekend in Eastern Oregon to see if cowboys comply with a new law against intentionally tripping the animals.

In 2012, animal rights activists posted video of horses at the Big Loop Rodeo getting tripped and falling on their heads. After that, the Legislature outlawed intentionally tripping horses for sport.

Sheriff Brian Wolfe of Malheur County says the rodeo has new rules.

The event has two cowboys trying to bring a horse under control by roping first its neck and then its forelegs, and then tying off the ropes at their saddles.

Rodeo organizers say the rules now require the cowboy roping the forelegs to let go as soon as the rope goes taut and time is called.

 

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