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  • Man sues B.C. rodeo company, says bull called Slow Poke was violent despite name

    05/24/2015 8:52:56 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | May 21, 2015 | Tim Petruk
    A novice rider is suing a rodeo company in Vernon over a bull named Slow Poke that he alleges failed to live up to its name and caused him serious injury. [Snip] [The plaintiff] is seeking damages and health-care costs. "Contrary to representation, Slow Poke was violent," his claim reads.
  • Vitriol over prayer at Fort Worth rodeo leads imam to cancel repeat

    01/31/2015 10:00:53 PM PST · by ponygirl · 73 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 30 Jan 2015 | Shirley Jenkins
    FORT WORTH — For some faithful rodeo fans, the inclusion of a Muslim imam in the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has become a burr under the saddle. The Stock Show has become more diverse this year as officials have let more groups offer prayers before the start of events. But the Facebook page for the 23-day event lit up this week after Moujahed Bakhach of the Islamic Association of Tarrant County led the public prayer Sunday night. While many of the comments on the Stock Show’s Facebook page were supportive of the more inclusive prayer policy, most were...
  • Went to a rodeo last weekend and this image popped into my head...

    11/10/2014 3:15:13 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 33 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 11-10-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I kind of like how it turned out..
  • Inmates compete in Angola prison rodeo that this year turns 50

    04/26/2014 10:58:01 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04-26-2014 | Associated Press
    ANGOLA, La. – They're often thrown like rag dolls or risk being gored by bucking bulls and broncos. But in those few seconds in the spotlight of the rodeo, they are part of the world again. Some of Louisiana's most violent criminals are the stars of the Angola Prison Rodeo, the nation's longest-running prison rodeo that this year celebrates 50 years. The event has grown from a small "fun" event for prisoners into big business, with proceeds going into the Louisiana State Penitentiary Inmate Welfare Fund for inmate education and recreational supplies.
  • Tuffy the Rodeo Clown Leads ‘Person of the Year’ Award

    12/16/2013 7:08:27 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Gateway ^ | December 16, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling was banned for life from the Missouri State Fair rodeo after he wore an Obama mask and taunted bulls at the state rodeo. ... But Tuffy still has a committed fan base. Tuffy the Rodeo Clown, who mocked Barack Obama at the Missouri State Fair, is running away with the “Person of the Year” award in Sedalia, Missouri.
  • Mesquite Rodeo promotes appearance by an Obama clown

    08/23/2013 6:38:20 PM PDT · by gop4lyf · 40 replies
    Fox 4 DFW ^ | 08/23/13 | Mark Norris
    The Mesquite Rodeo isn't shying from controversy this weekend by promoting the appearance of a rodeo clown wearing a mask of Barack Obama.
  • Rodeo Clowns- Then and Now

    08/20/2013 9:00:22 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 21 August 2013 | Reaganite Republican
  • How a Missouri Rodeo Became a Phony Scandal

    08/19/2013 7:51:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/19/2013 | Jack Cashill
    If an eccentric, liberal, nudist musician had not attended a rodeo at the Missouri State Fair a week ago Saturday, the world would be a slightly happier place. The State Fair would not have banned rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling for life. The NAACP would not have asked the Secret Service to investigate Tuffy for a "hate crime." His clown colleagues would not have been dispatched to sensitivity training. And race tension nationwide would not have ratcheted up another notch. But the eccentric in question, Perry Beam, did attend the rodeo. He took his wife and a Taiwanese student with him....
  • 10 images mocking George W. Bush that were far worse than a harmless rodeo clown

    08/14/2013 9:22:38 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 47 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | 8/14/13 | michelle Malkin
    Over the years, I’ve meticulously chronicled progressive haters and their rank hypocrisy. It’s time for yet another refresher course as the libs go nuts over a rodeo clown. Without further ado, drawn from my blog archives, here are 10 images/signs/agitprop items mocking George W. Bush that were far, far worse than any of the silly Obama gags causing prog conniptions.
  • An apology letter to Mr. Obama

    08/15/2013 9:35:19 AM PDT · by bigbob · 12 replies
    The Matt Walsh Blog ^ | 8-15-13 | Matt Walsh
    Dear President Obama, I’m reaching out to you as a friend. I know you must be deeply hurting after what happened at the Missouri State Fair. Sure, you probably try to avoid watching the news while you’re on vacation, but I’m sure the pilot who airlifted your dog to your rental mansion in Martha’s Vineyard probably caught you up to speed (that guy is such a chatterbox). Your jaw must have hit the floor when you heard the news: A rodeo clown in Missouri poked fun at you. Yeah, I know, almost impossible to believe. The gall! The gumption! The...
  • Send in the Obama Clowns

    08/15/2013 3:45:08 AM PDT · by dontreadthis · 40 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | August 15, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    On Saturday night in Sedalia, a Missouri city with a population that would fit into Arrowhead Stadium four times over, the entire nation was shaken when a rodeo clown wearing an Obama mask performed his usual routine. Toward the end of Obama’s first term a tornado had torn through Sedalia blowing off roofs and destroying a school bus barn, but that was nothing compared to this. The governor of Missouri stated that the performance, which involved Obama being chased by a bull, did not “reflect the values of Missourians”. He did not clarify whether the other times that a rodeo...
  • Missouri school officials looking into rodeo clown Obama skit (announcer may lose his job)

    08/15/2013 12:20:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    UPI ^ | August 14, 2013
    Missouri officials say they will look into whether school district employees engaged in "offensive conduct or remarks" in a controversial state fair rodeo skit. Missouri State Fair officials have banned a rodeo clown for life from the fair for the skit in which he wore a Barack Obama mask and taunted a bull. The state fair commission apologized Sunday for the clown's performance at the taxpayer-funded state fair in Sedalia. Mark Ficken resigned Tuesday as president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association after fair officials fired the clown for what it called "disrespectful" treatment of the president. Ficken, who was...
  • Stockman invites controversial rodeo clown to Texas

    08/14/2013 6:05:22 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 8-14-2013 | Alexis Levinson
    Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman has invited the rodeo clown who caused a stir this week when he mocked President Barack Obama during an act at the Missouri State Fair to come perform in Texas, saying the negative reaction to the act amount to “liberals … targeting this man for personal destruction.” In the act, during the bull riding competition, the clown wore an Obama mask and the dialogue suggested Obama get run over by a bull. Politicians on both sides of the aisle condemned the performance and the clown was permanently banned from the Missouri State Fair. Future clowns...
  • Reaction to the Missouri Rodeo Clown is Akin to the Radical Muslim Response to a Mohammed Cartoon

    08/14/2013 3:30:57 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 8-14-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This Missouri clown situation is so out of hand and out of proportion, and I'm gonna tell you what this is like, and I'm not gonna pull any punches.  This is no different than those countries reacting freakishly when there were cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.  That is exactly what this is.  It is as though President Obama is a messiah or is a god and this little thing that happened at the Missouri State Fair is a defamation, a denunciation, almost a religious sacrilege that took place.    He's the president of the United States!  They...
  • Should have Eddie Murphy been banned from SNL for this skit?(kill the white people)

    08/14/2013 1:46:35 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 46 replies
    funnyordie ^ | 8/14/13
    Huh, where was Obama and his leftist friends when this came out? Where was the outrage, like there is for this rodeo clown today.
  • Obama rodeo stunt leads to sensitivity training for Missouri State Fair clowns

    08/14/2013 1:36:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/14/13 | Doyle Murphy
    The Missouri State Fair will force rodeo clowns to complete sensitivity training after a clown mocked President Obama in a stunt one spectator likened to a Ku Klux Klan rally. The fair’s commission also approved a lifetime ban on the offending clown. **SNIP** The fair commission has called the stunt “unacceptable” and approved a measure that would force the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association to crack down on everyone responsible. The association would also have to prove all officials and subcontractors — such as the clowns — had successfully completed sensitivity training before working future rodeos.
  • White House spokesman: Rodeo clown not one of Missouri’s ‘finer moments’

    08/14/2013 12:22:36 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/14/2013 | Justin Sink
    EDGARTOWN, Mass., Aug 14 (Reuters) - An appearance by a rodeo clown wearing a mask lampooning President Barack Obama at a Missouri fair is an embarrassing moment for the state, a Missouri-born White House spokesman said on Wednesday.
  • Rodeo clown forces decimated and on the run

    As every Constitutional scholar knows, the First Amendment includes a clause that strictly forbids mockery of the President of the United States, depending on who it is, and which party he belongs to. It’s in one of the penumbras of the Constitution, or maybe it’s an emanation. I always get those two mixed up. Thus it became essential for the forces of freedom and democracy to crush an impertinent rodeo clown who dared to put on a mask of our Dear Leader, President Barack Obama, and ask spectators if they would like to seem him get run down by a...
  • “Support Rodeo Clown Tuffy Gessling” Facebook Page Collects Over 25,000 Fans in One Day

    08/14/2013 9:05:28 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-14-2013 | Jim Hoft
    Rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling was banned for life from the Missouri State Fair rodeo after he wore an Obama mask and taunted bulls on Saturday night. Now, thousands of fans are flocking to support Tuffy. “Support Rodeo Clown Tuffy Gessling” Facebook Page has amassed over 25,000 supporters in a little over a day. Via The Missouri Torch: Poor Tuffy. A rodeo clown’s gotta eat.
  • Bush rodeo clown allowed in ’94, Obama clown banned forever

    08/14/2013 3:37:53 AM PDT · by blueyon · 49 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 8/13/13 | Tom Tillison
    While there is no written law, we may have finally reached a place in America where it’s forbidden to publicly mock the president of the United States — assuming the president is an African-American and a member of the Democratic Party. The outcry over a rodeo clown donning a mask resembling President Obama reached a new level of absurdity when it was reported Monday that the man behind the mask has been permanently banned from performing at the fair ever again, as reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Missouri State Fair officials barred the rodeo clown from ever performing at...
  • Obama-mask clown gets lifetime Missouri fair ban. Just, or too harsh?

    08/13/2013 5:08:06 PM PDT · by mykroar · 112 replies
    CSM.com ^ | 8/13/2013 | Peter Grier
    Missouri State Fair officials have banned for life the rodeo clown who wore a President Obama mask while facing bulls at the event over the weekend.The clown in question engaged in an “unconscionable stunt” and will never perform at the Show Me state venue again, the Missouri State Fair Commission said Monday, in a statement. Fair officials are also reviewing their contract with the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association, the contractor responsible for hiring and overseeing bull ring clowns. The performance was “inappropriate and not in keeping with the Fair’s standards," said the statement. The fair did not reveal the clown’s...
  • Clown Banned, Announcer Resigns After State Fair Rodeo

    08/13/2013 4:32:12 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 64 replies
    CBS St Louis ^ | 8/13/2013 | Justin Wingerter
    ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - There was further fallout Monday from a controversy sparked Saturday night when a rodeo clown wearing a mask of President Barack Obama was taunted in front of a cheering and jeering Missouri State Fair crowd. First came word Monday morning that Mark Ficken, superintendent of the Boonville R-1 School District and an announcer at the event, had obtained legal counsel in hopes of clearing his name. Ficken became president of the Missouri Cowboy Rodeo Association Saturday morning, a post he resigned after just two days Monday.
  • NAACP: DOJ, Secret Service Should Investigate Rodeo Clown

    08/13/2013 4:28:36 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 45 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 8/13/2013
    On Tuesday, the Missouri State National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) issued a statement asking for federal involvement in the case of a rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask and then asked the crowd if they’d like to see Obama run down by a bull. “The activities at the Missouri State Fair targeting and inciting violence against our President are serious and warrant a full review by both the Secret Service and the Justice Department,” said State President Mary Ratliff. “Incidents involving individuals acting out with extreme violent behavior in movie theaters, schools, churches, political appearances,...
  • That’s a clown question, bro: Rodeo clowns asked to take ‘sensitivity training’

    08/13/2013 4:26:39 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8/13/2013 | Stephen Dinan
    In the wake of a rodeo clown’s anti-Obama skit this weekend, the Missouri State Fair is forcing all clowns to undergo sensitivity training. The state fair commission voted Monday to ratify the decision to ban the clown in question who wore an Obama mask as the rodeo announcer asked if the crowd wanted to see him get run down by a bull. The crowd enthusiastically approved, according to local media reports. But the state commission went further, saying it will require that before the Rodeo Cowboy Association can take part in any future state fair, “they must provide evidence to...
  • Bush rodeo clown allowed in '94, Obama clown banned forever

    08/13/2013 9:11:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 8/13/13 | Tom Tillison
    rodeo-clownWhile there is no written law, we may have finally reached a place in America where it’s forbidden to publicly mock the president of the United States — assuming the president is an African-American and a member of the Democratic Party. The outcry over a rodeo clown donning a mask resembling President Obama reached a new level of absurdity when it was reported Monday that the man behind the mask has been permanently banned from performing at the fair ever again, as reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Missouri State Fair officials barred the rodeo clown from ever performing at...
  • Mo. State Fair bans rodeo clown who mocked Obama

    08/12/2013 4:19:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 188 replies
    yahoo ^ | 8/12/13 | David Leib
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Fair on Monday imposed a lifetime ban on a rodeo clown whose depiction of President Barack Obama getting charged by a bull was widely criticized by Democratic and Republican officials alike. The rodeo clown won't be allowed to participate or perform at the fair again. Fair officials say they're also reviewing whether to take any action against the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association, the contractor responsible for Saturday's event. The entertainment during the bull riding contest featured a clown wearing a mask of Obama with an upside down broomstick attached to his backside....
  • Rodeo clown dresses as Obama at Missouri State Fair

    08/11/2013 6:34:00 PM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 113 replies
    The Denver Channel (KMGH-TV Denver) ^ | August 11, 2013 | KSHB.com
    SEDALIA, Mo - An incident at the Missouri State Fair on Saturday night is getting national attention via social media. A clown wearing a mask of President Obama came out in the arena during the bull riding event. The announcer then asked the crowd if it wanted to see Obama “run down by a bull.” An onlooker posted their account of the event on social media, which was then picked up by the Daily Kos and the Kansas City Star. “The crowd went wild. He asked it again and again, louder each time,” the onlooker’s account of the event said.
  • California Rodeo Clown Under Fire for "Racist Joke" About Michelle Obama ...

    09/17/2012 12:59:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 93 replies
    The San Luis Obisbo Tribune ^ | Monday, Sep. 17, 2012 | Julia Hickey
    Rodeo clown was behind racist joke about Michelle Obama It was rodeo clown Mike Hayhurst of Barstow, not announcer Ed Kutz of Arroyo Grande, who made an offensive, racist joke about first lady Michelle Obama over the public-address system of the Creston Classic Rodeo, a rodeo board member confirmed Sunday. Spectators initially believed and reported that Kutz made the comment Saturday. Both he and Hayhurst were on microphones at the same time. Speaking Sunday on behalf of the rodeo’s nine-member board, Mike Barrett said the rodeo is not responsible for the joke and will ask Hayhurst for a letter addressing...
  • Fort Worth, TX hosts 25th World Gay Rodeo Finals

    10/08/2011 9:43:28 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 67 replies · 1+ views
    In the historic Watt Arena on the grounds of Will Rogers Memorial complex, the 25th Anniversary World Gay Rodeo Finals are hosted by the International Gay Rodeo Association. Join as the top Cowboys & Cowgirls from across the U.S. & Canada come together to compete. You'll see hard driving rodeo action along with a few twist on some old favorites. Ever wonder what "Goat Dressing" or "Wild Drag Race" could be about, come check out all the fun and excitement. Check out the full schedule including dances at our host hotel Friday & Saturday nights! IGRA.com
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Wears Two Hats

    01/13/2011 7:38:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson
    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Jan. 13, 2011 – Army Sgt. Toby Hall, a team leader with Company A, 413th Civil Affairs Battalion, didn’t join the Army because he was used to the rough-and-tumble life of a rodeo cowboy. Army Sgt. Toby Hall rides the bucking bronco Wildflowers at the Texas Cowboy Rodeo Association membership drive rodeo in Shamrock, Texas, in March 2006. Now, Hall, from Amarillo, Texas, is conducting missions in villages throughout eastern Afghanistan as an Army Reserve civil affairs soldier. Photo courtesy of Dale Hirschman (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. His inspiration came from the patriotic opening...
  • Santa Cruz County Fair cancels planned rodeo

    07/29/2010 12:48:25 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 23 replies · 3+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | July 27, 2010 | Steve Chawkins
    Officials say animal welfare activists forced them to scuttle the Sheriff's Department event, which was aimed at raising money for children's activities and organizations.
  • Woman Does Faceplant Off Mechanical Bull (Very Funny Video)

    05/29/2010 5:27:55 PM PDT · by OneVike · 22 replies · 1,138+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 5/29/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Thanks to movies like Urban Cowboy, Stir Crazy, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, and others, many are very familiar with what a mechanical bull is. What many may not realize is that the mechanical bull was being used as an entertainment attraction long before the "1980"s. Fact is there was an amusement park in New Jersey called Bertrand Island Amusement Park that used a mechanical bull in the 1930s they called the ""Ride 'Em Cowboy!" The day man found out he could make machines do the work of beasts, we have been inventing machines to replace all kinds of animals,...
  • Afghan National Army, ISAF Hold Contractor Rodeo

    01/09/2010 1:57:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 229+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan | Sgt. Tracy J. Smith, USA
    By Sgt. Tracy J. Smith 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs ANA and ISAF forces greeted potential contractors for a proposed forward operating base in the Shinwar district of Nangarhar recently. The proposed FOB is a former British fort converted for use during the Soviet occupation more than 30 years ago and will now be used as a modernized hub for the ANA's 2nd Kandak, 201st Corps. "This meeting is to give potential contractors a walkthrough of the area so they'll have a solid overview of the scope of work," said 1st Lt. Fernando Roach, a contracting officer...
  • Amazing photos of the Angola Prison Rodeo, where vicious prisoners risk their lives

    08/11/2009 5:45:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 710+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/7/3009 | Damian Thompson
    There’s a boom in rodeos in America, but I doubt that many riders would want to find themselves in this ring. These photographs by Mark Saltz (click to expand them) are of the Angola Prison Rodeo, staged by the fearsome Louisiana State Penitentiary, which sells tickets to it on its website. Why do the prisoners take such insane risks? Because it’s the nearest many of them will get to a taste of freedom. Also, the last man left in the poker game (see below) wins $150, which makes you a rich man in jail. Hat tip: Richard O’Connor.
  • Rodeo booms despite US recession

    08/06/2009 8:50:32 PM PDT · by fishhound · 13 replies · 1,034+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 8/06/2009 | Nick Greene
    Rodeo, the Western pastime where cowboys try to tame wild steers and steeds, is experiencing a boom in the US despite the recession. Attendance is up 12 per cent for the two largest touring Rodeo circuits, the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association and Professional Bull Riders. Basketball and baseball teams, who charge as much as $1,250 (£750) for front row seats, have been struggling to fill their stadiums. In contrast, the rodeo arenas, where tickets start at $10, offer a cheap, exciting, air-conditioned, All-American afternoon, and have been filling up. If anything, the deepest and longest American economic downturn since the...
  • Boy trampled by bull in Longmont dies (Rodeo tragedy)

    06/29/2009 4:53:27 PM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies · 871+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 6/29/2009 | Unattributed
    Twelve-year-old Richard Wayde Hamar of Yuma was killed in a bull-riding competition Sunday morning at the Little Britches Rodeo at the Boulder County Fairground in Longmont. Hamar was wearing a helmet and padded vest, but after he was thrown, the bull stepped on his stomach, officials said. His parents were in attendance at the two-day rodeo for youths 8 to 18 years old. "He held on for a few seconds," Katy Sinclair, who witnessed the accident, told the Daily Camera. "When he hit the ground, the bull just ran him over. I could see the bull's legs hit his chest....
  • Obama's Teleprompter hits the Campaign Trail

    09/16/2008 6:05:04 AM PDT · by too much time · 20 replies · 452+ views
    CNNpolitics.com ^ | 09/15/2008 | cnn
    Obama's teleprompter hits the trail Posted: 06:50 PM ET Obama delivered his remarks at the Colorado State Fair of a teleprompter. (CNN) — It appears Barack Obama's teleprompter is hitting the campaign trail. The Democratic presidential nominee has never tried to hide the fact he delivers speeches off the device, though normally he doesn't use one at standard campaign rallies and town hall events. But the Illinois senator used a teleprompter at both his Colorado events Monday — making for a particularly peculiar scene in Pueblo, where the prompter was set up in the middle of what is normally a...
  • Poison drummer aghast at Greeley rodeo appearance (Colorado)

    07/03/2008 6:58:00 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 60 replies · 589+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 7-3-08 | Bill Scanlon
    A glam-metal rocker is bucking the Greeley Stampede, vowing to use the band's gig there Saturday to educate fans about "rodeo cruelty." "I had no idea that this gig included a rodeo," Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, an animal-rights crusader for 16 years, said in a statement. The 86-year-old Greeley tradition bills itself as the "World's Largest 4th of July Rodeo." "I am blown away that I missed the description of this show on our touring schedule," said the 46-year-old Rockett, whose real name is Richard Ream. "I have a huge problem with animal cruelty at rodeos," said the drummer, who...
  • Rodeo Rejects Mediation Request Over Minorities (Houston)

    05/27/2008 5:30:54 AM PDT · by BnBlFlag · 46 replies · 148+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/21/08 | Bill Murphy
    By BILL MURPHY Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle Comments (304) Yahoo! Buzz The Houston rodeo has rejected a U.S. Justice Department offer to mediate disputes with minority groups who say it needs more minorities in high-ranking positions, doesn't give scholarships to noncitizens in the country legally and has stopped featuring Tejano performers on its main stages. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo does not believe mediation is needed because it promotes diversity and does not engage in discrimination, said chief operating officer Leroy Shafer. "At this point, we see no need to have a Justice Department mediator involved in this," he...
  • Animal abuse alleged at Tucson Rodeo (SHARK [PETA clones] Nutz-ZOIDS)

    02/25/2008 5:17:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 18 replies · 890+ views
    An Illinois-based animal-rights organization is claiming that horses at this year’s Fiesta de Los Vaqueros were treated with unnecessary cruelty. An agency called SHARK, or Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, has filed a complaint Monday morning with the animal services division in Arizona’s Department of Agriculture because horses were shocked during the rodeo, said Janet Enoch, a SHARK investigator. Steve Hindi, SHARK’s president and founder, said he took video footage of horses being shocked with a prod that can deliver what he described as much 6,000 volts of painful electricity. In a video posted on the video sharing Web site...
  • Oklahoma Cowboy Killed By Bull In Rodeo

    07/18/2007 12:31:44 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 17 replies · 494+ views
    local6 ^ | July 18, 2007
    HARRAH, Okla. -- An Oklahoma rodeo cowboy was killed this weekend when the bull he was riding fell on him, authorities said.Will Jernigan, 29, was killed at the Prague Rodeo at about 10 p.m. on Saturday. The Harrah native had been riding bulls for several years, officials said.Witnesses said the bull was jumping up in the chute before the gate was released. When it was released, the bull stepped on Jernigan and then fell on top of him. "You look up in there, and the bull's hanging up over the pen, kind of like he was trying to climb out,...
  • B.C. rodeo nixes roping, wrestling, and milking events

    05/23/2007 6:57:23 AM PDT · by oakcon · 91 replies · 1,260+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Wednesday, May 23, 2007 | Jane Armstrong
    Stung by criticism from animal-rights activists, a popular suburban Vancouver rodeo has eliminated four marquee events from its future program. CPRA president Dale Leschiutta said he's concerned that a cherished Western tradition is under attack. By removing the events, Cloverdale risks losing its designation as a sanctioned professional rodeo, where cowboys on the North American circuit can earn points to quality for the national and North American championships held later in the year in Edmonton and Las Vegas. The rodeo association sanctions nearly 60 rodeos in Canada's four western provinces. The four events, which are considered the most cruel, include:...
  • A culture clash in Lakeside

    04/08/2007 10:30:03 PM PDT · by Baladas · 8 replies · 460+ views
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | April 28, 2006 | Anne Krueger
    Gay rodeo moves from Del Mar to East County – and some locals have discouraging words By Anne Krueger STAFF WRITER April 28, 2006 LAKESIDE – The gay rodeo is coming to this East County town, and some locals aren't too happy about it. In many ways, this weekend's event at the Lakeside rodeo grounds will be like any other rodeo, with attractions like steer-riding and barrel racing. Then there are the offbeat additions, like dressing a goat in men's underwear. The Golden State Gay Rodeo Association, which runs the event, is bringing it to Lakeside for the first time...
  • '24' star shines as actor, rodeo champ (Jack Bauer: Rodeo champion?)

    12/22/2006 9:34:48 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 50 replies · 2,210+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 22, 2006 | Staff
    NEW YORK - Kiefer Sutherland is an Emmy award winner for his role as agent Jack Bauer on "24," but he also holds another prestigious title: rodeo champion. "What I lacked as a roper and a cowboy I could make up for in horses," the 40-year-old actor says in the January/February issue of Men's Vogue magazine, on newsstands Tuesday. "Roping is one of those sports like polo where you get infinitely better the better your horses are. I had some great horses." Sutherland, who has starred in such films as "The Sentinel" and "A Few Good Men," learned the basics...
  • Bull market (Bull riding, the other sport)

    11/05/2006 9:08:49 AM PST · by saganite · 9 replies · 894+ views
    Yahoo Sports ^ | November 5, 2006 | Josh Peter
    LAS VEGAS – He used to ride in a rickety trailer attached to an old Dodge pickup truck. Last week, he arrived in the comfort of a sleek 18-wheeler. He used to sleep in the company of dozens. Now he’s got his own place, with plans for a 3-acre retirement spread in the works. He and his colleagues used to be sold by the pound. These days, he’s not for sale. He is Mossy Oak Mudslinger, a 1,600-pound bull who is evidence that the cowboys aren’t the only ones cashing in on the rise of bull riding. Man and beast...
  • High gas prices hurting rodeo cowboys (and that's no bull)

    09/17/2006 10:01:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 753+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/17/06 | Nicholas K. Geranios - ap
    SPOKANE, Wash. - There's a new element to the sad country song that is a rodeo cowboy's life. To the raging bulls, lonely nights and lingering bruises, add high gas prices. Fuel costs hovering around $3 per gallon are wreaking havoc on the wallets of rodeo cowboys, who often drive hundreds of miles per day in beefy pickup trucks pulling horse trailers to get to the next go-round. The image of the solitary cowboy traveling back roads may be an archetype of the modern West, but it is quickly going the way of the buffalo. These days, a rodeo cowboy...
  • A culture clash in Lakeside

    04/28/2006 5:33:33 AM PDT · by radar101 · 6 replies · 283+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | April 28, 2006 | Anne Krueger
    Gay rodeo moves from Del Mar to East County – and some locals have discouraging words. LAKESIDE – The gay rodeo is coming to this East County town, and some locals aren't too happy about it. In many ways, this weekend's event at the Lakeside rodeo grounds will be like any other rodeo, with attractions like steer-riding and barrel racing. Then there are the offbeat additions, like dressing a goat in men's underwear. “We're here to rodeo, ride horses and have fun,” said Randy Funderburk, a contestant from Palm Springs. The Golden State Gay Rodeo Association, which runs the event,...
  • Country Music, Rodeo Stars Entertain Wounded Warriors

    02/23/2006 3:18:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 432+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 23, 2006 | Nelia Schrum and Andricka Hammonds
    SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 23, 2006 – When the 2006 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo pulled up stakes Feb. 19, it left the wounded warriors recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center here and hospital staff with fond memories of Texas and cowboy hospitality. Staff and patients gather on three levels to watch Willie Nelson and his band perform Feb. 17 at Brooke Army Medical Center. Photo by Brian Guerra  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Texas legend Willie Nelson and his family band treated the hospital to a concert in the Medical Mall Feb. 17, playing to a packed...
  • Stock Show & Rodeo: Just hanging on [Something on the lighter side]

    02/06/2006 7:10:33 PM PST · by Racehorse · 4 replies · 344+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 6 February 2006 | Amanda Reimherr
    As the rodeo crowd cheers in anticipation of the next six-second ride, Joey Nowacek makes sure his grip is secure. He taps his helmet and signals he is ready to go as he squeezes his cowboy boots against the side of the anxious animal. Then the chute bursts open and the beast darts out, bouncing the cowboy on its back. The event . . . isn't bull riding — it's mutton bustin' . . . and the cowboy is only 5 years old. Some people call this popular rodeo event "baby bull riding" because of its similarities to the sport...
  • Rodeo folk steer clear of gay cowboy movie

    02/01/2006 9:33:29 AM PST · by sinkspur · 13 replies · 526+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | 2/1/2006 | Ryan Peterson
    Johnny Cash lives large at the Stock Show. While the Academy preferred the gay ranch hands of Brokeback Mountain, the bareback bronc riders at the Stock Show rodeo said they thought the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line was robbed. It secured only five nominations, which did not include best picture. "I loved that movie -- it was really good," Isaac Diaz, of Vernon, said of Walk the Line. Others praised Joaquin Phoenix for his portrayal of the Man in Black. Phoenix is nominated for Best Actor. "I thought he did a good job of acting," said Chad Mask of...