Youngsters ‘Giddy-Up’ at the Jr. Rodeo


Photos By Richard Peterson / Freelance Photographer
It was perfect day for a rodeo at the South Fork Arena Sunday, Oct. 21, where youngsters pulled on their boots and showed off their skills for the crowd.
Young cowboys practiced their roping skills before the competition (top left), while Temperance Mattila hung on with all her might during the Mutton Busting competition (top middle) and another young cowboy tried his hand at roping (top right). At one point, the sheep didn’t want to cooperate, so a couple of competitors roped them in and chased them back to their stalls (middle). Young cowfolk showed some serious skill during the barrel racing (bottom left) and bull riding events (bottom right).

Eric Mills - October 25, 2018

Lovely: Animal abuse meets child endangerment. Promoters and parents alike should be cited for both. What a godawful message to send to impressionable young children about the humane and proper treatment of animals. And likely a violation of California State Education Code 60042, which mandates, in part, that “humane education and kindness to animals” be taught in the public schools, K-12.

Neither mutton busting, goat tying nor calf/steer riding has ANYTHING to do with life on a working ranch. It’s all hype, mostly in order to build a future audience for rodeo. For nearly all the unwilling animals involved, the rodeo arena is merely a detour en route to the slaughterhouse. And all in the name of a bogus “entertainment,” may God forgive us. It needs to stop.

Legislation is in order every year in every state to outlaw these cruelties. Until that happy day, BOYCOTT ALL RODEOS AND THEIR CORPORATE SPONSORS. Follow the money.

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Eric Mills, coordinator
ACTION FOR ANIMALS
Oakland

Animal Compassion - October 25, 2018

My gosh! Can’t we find a way to honor our animal friends and not subject them to chasing, bullying, abuse, torture, injury and pain? We’ve come so far as a society in terms of animal rights . . . let’s please do better for our fellow sentient beings ~

Sara - October 25, 2018

Wow! That poor goat pictured above. I can’t understand the thrill of this so called sport. Not fun for the animals that’s for sure!!

Peggy W Larson, DVM MS JD - October 25, 2018

Parents allowing children as young as three years old to ride sheep in a rodeo are putting that child at risk for injury. The little boy who was thrown from a sheep in Texas got a mouthful of arena dirt and almost died from an E.coli infection. One of these days one of these kids will suffer serious permanent injury or even death. Too late for the parents to stop this foolishness.

    Eric Mills - October 28, 2018

    That little boy was one DerekScott “Bubba” Kirby, in a mutton busting contest in central Texas back in 2010. (See Google.). The kid went into a two-week coma, swelled up twice his normal size and suffered heart, lung and kidney failure. He recovered, but likely will have health problems the rest of his life.

    PARENTS BEWARE: It’s probable that EVERY rodeo arena in the country is infected with E. coli, putting your kids at serious risk, possibly even death. The immune systems of very young children are not fully developed in those early years.

    Worth noting, too, that mutton busting has been banned in New Zealand at the behest of the NZ Veterinary Association, which deemed the sheep “not built to carry the weight.” The local cowboys agreed that a ban was “the professional thing to do.” Are U.S. sheep any different?

Jennofur OConnor - October 26, 2018

Encouraging children to be cruel to animals is twisted. What parent would allow their little one to participate in these sick spectacles?

Eric Mills - October 28, 2018

P.S. – The name of the little boy in Texas noted by Dr. Larson (above) is DerekScott “Bubba” Kirby (See Google for various articles). After falling off his sheep and ingesting the E. coli-infected dirt, “Bubba” reportedly went into a two-week coma, swelled up twice his normal size, and suffered heart, lung and kidney failure. He recovered, but will likely have health problems the rest of his life.

PARENTS BEWARE! It’s likely that EVERY rodeo arena in the country is infected with E. coli. You’re putting your kids at serious risk, possibly even death. And all in the name of a bogus “entertainment.” It needs to stop.

NOTE: Mutton busting has been banned in New Zealand, at the behest of the NZ Veterinary Association, which deemed the sheep “not built to carry the weight.” The local cowboys agreed that a ban was “the professional thing to do.” Are American sheep any different?

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