Reno Rodeo cuts ties with livestock provider

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Updated: 7/04/2013 11:51 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Reno Rodeo is cutting ties with a livestock provider after its investigation into allegations that a bucking horse was shocked during last week's event.

In a statement to the Reno-Gazette Journal ( the rodeo says actions shown in a photo "do not meet our high standards for livestock handling."

The livestock provider was not identified.

Rodeo officials say the horse depicted in the photos was not injured.

An investigation was launched Monday after Reno resident Ellie Lopez-Bowlan provided a short video and photos of horse allegedly shocked at the 2013 Reno Rodeo on June 28.

Shocking devices are allowed under Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rules when a horse stalls in the chutes. The Reno Rodeo this year banned them in the bareback and saddle bronc events.


Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal,


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Bubbles - 7/7/2013 12:25 PM
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Fallon born explains it all. I have seen the animals kicked, whipped, punched, slapped and on and on. If anyone actually treated an actual ranchers stock in the manner they would be fired.

FallonBorn - 7/5/2013 10:49 PM
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Everything these cowboys are doing in the arena is what we do on the range to brand and immunize the animals. The animals aren’t hurt and rodeo stock are treated with kid gloves. Spurs are dull there is no sharp edges on them. Bubbles you have no idea what you’re talking about with regards to rodeo. There is no abuse of the stock animals while they are on the circuit or when they are off. Get your facts straight.

Bubbles - 7/5/2013 8:29 AM
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I guess it's OK to; slap and hit horses, calves and steers in the face and head, hit them with a hot shot when leaving the chutes and rope calves when they are running to get away from the hot shot while some beer belly hill-billy ropes them jerking their necks backwards sometimes causing fatal injuries. Must also be OK to hot shot steers as they leave the chute so the same hill-billy can jump on their back while cranking the animals neck backward and jamming his face into the dirt. Must also be OK to jam spurs into horses and bulls sides to make them buck. Must also be OK to kick, whip and hit any and all of those animals anytime. What a bunch of hypocrite's. I can't imagine why anyone thinks that it's fun to watch this glorified animal abuse. That goes for all the grinning idiots on the local newscasts that say they are taking their children to watch this. I can't figure out why this is promoted as a wonderful family activity. To anyone who thinks these animals are treated humanely ask them as they are heading to a slimy mexican slaughter house, in absolutely disgusting conditions, to be brutally killed when they are no longer useful.

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