The Jordan Valley Rodeo plans to go ahead with its “big loop” horse-roping event even after the passage of a ban on horse tripping rodeo events in Oregon. On May 17th and 18th 2014, the Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo plans to include “big loop roping” as part of the rodeo.
Under Oregon Revised Statute 167.383 “a person commits the offense of equine tripping if, for purposes of a rodeo, contest, exhibition, entertainment or sport or as practice for a rodeo, contest, exhibition, entertainment or sport, the person intentionally ropes or lassos the legs of an equine, intentionally causing the equine to trip or fall.”
Video taken at past Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeos show horses being violently tripped in this event. Two mounted riders chase a horse with the first rider lassoing the horses neck. Then a second mounted rider lassos the front leg of a horse. As physics would dictate, the horses often trip and crash into the ground. When you listen to the tapes you hear the crowd roar when the horse goes down.
Animal Law Coalition, other animal welfare organizations, and horse lovers are all planning to attend the rodeo to document this act of defiance by the Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo.
On June 25th 2013 the Oregon House joined the Oregon Senate and passed a ban on the rodeo event of horse tripping. Animal Law Coalition has been fighting to end this cruel fringe rodeo event. The event has rodeo cowboys roping the front legs of horses bringing them crashing to the ground. Tripped horses often suffer serious injuries, from broken bones to spinal damage, sometimes dying as a result. Those who survive are usually so psychologically traumatized that they cannot even look at a rope without becoming terrified. Oregon joins 10 other states in banning rodeo horse tripping.
In the last Oregon legislative session opponents of the bill persuaded lawmakers that this event was not taking place in Oregon. We heard arguments that it was a waste of legislative effort to ban a practice that did not exist. Horse tripping did exist in Oregon and Animal Law Coalition set out to prove it. Animal Law Coalition’s Russ Mead went to the Harney County Rodeo in Burns, Oregon on July 7, 2012 and obtained photographs of the event showing horses being slammed to the ground. This was not easy, as rodeo organizers did everything possible to stop Animal Law Coalition from taking these photos.
Animal Law Coalition showed this evidence at both the Oregon House and Senate committee hearings in this legislative session. The graphic photos showed the horses being choked by neck while a second mounted rider roped the horses front legs, bringing the horse to the ground. A cowboy still wearing his spurs came from Central Oregon to testify and told committee members, “There’s no reason to trip a horse.”
We applaud the bill sponsors and all who worked hard to end this animal cruelty.
The Oregon House of Representatives Rules Committee has passed the horse tripping bill, S.B. 835. The bill was referred to the Rules Committee after the Judiciary Committee decided not to make a decision about the bill.
It’s on to a vote by the full House of Representatives. A vote is expected next week. Read Animal Law Coalition’s original report below for more on the bill and how you can contact your Oregon state rep to urge them to vote yes on S.B. 835!
The pro rodeo, pro horse tripping contingency came out in force at the judiciary committee meeting in the Oregon house on May 8th 2013. So many wanted to testify that the hearing was extended to Monday May 13th.
Please come and testify for the bill banning horse tripping on Monday May 13th at 1:00 in Salem Oregon at the State Capital.
The house judiciary committee heard plenty of pro rodeo testimony that horses are not tripped in this rodeo event, and that this bill is discriminatory against those with Mexican heritage.
I have seen the horses heads driven into the dirt, and after their legs are roped, the horses are catastrophically piled to the ground.
If you can’t come, please send written testimony to the members below and ask that the bill pass without amendments! This is animal cruelty.
See our youtube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9cURC90Xd8
This week the Oregon Senate passed a bill than bans horse tripping as a rodeo event. The bill passed in a 22 to 6 vote. The bill now moves to the House.
To gather enough support to pass the bill, an amendment was added to the bill that confirms that rodeos have the right to exist in the state. The bill states “a person may conduct or participate in rodeos in this state”.
The most important language though is the language that bans the cruel practice of horse tripping. ”
(2) A person commits the offense of equine tripping if the
person intentionally causes an equine to trip or fall, or
intentionally ropes or lassos the legs of an equine, for purposes
of a rodeo, contest, exhibition, entertainment or sport or as
practice for a rodeo, contest, exhibition, entertainment or
Congratulations to all who worked hard to see this bill through the Oregon Senate. A special thank-you to Senators Hass and Hansell who sponsored the bill.
The Oregon horse tripping ban bill has passed out of committee in the Senate. A special thank-you to everyone who came to the hearing and gave live testimony. Also, thank you to those who could not attend, but wrote in via e-mail to support the ban of this cruel rodeo event.
The bill should go to the Senate floor for a vote!
Last weeks senate hearing was going well until the lobbyist for the cattlemen’s association wanted to allow more time for the ranching community to give to say that horse tripping should not be outlawed.
The committee chair is allowing e-mail testimony to until this Wed. March 27. Please write to Madam Chair Dingfelder to explain why horse tripping should be banned in Oregon.
Oregon has kept the comment period opened on
SB 790 until Wed. March 27. We expect a lot of comments from the opponents of this bill.
Please send an e-mail to the committee chair explaining why you support this bill to end Horse tripping / Horse roping. Please address the chair Jackie Dingfelder as Madam Chair. Her e-mail address is:
You can also write to the eleven sponsoring Senators or the phone number below them to comment!
Horse tripping, sometimes called horse roping, is banned in 8 states and by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. But the event is still held in Oregon. We have seen horses choked, roped around the legs, tripped, and slammed onto the ground.
The Oregon State Legislature has both a Senate bill and a House Bill pending that would outlaw horse tripping in the state of Oregon.
Horse owners and other concerned citizens are coming together to support these bills.
Start helping by posting a comment in support of banning the cruel practice of horse tripping. If you would like to write us privately you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org