Horse is Killed in Rodeo Accident
An accident at the annual Methven Rodeo in New Zealand has resulted in the death of a horse.
The horse and its jockey were competing in the second division saddle bronc event when the horse’s saddle slipped, causing the animal to become entangled.
The horse was sedated by an on-scene vet, but New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Association president Lyal Cocks confirmed that the horse later died. The horse’s rider was uninjured.
“We endeavour to minimise every potential risk to stock and competitors,” stated Cocks. “We will investigate the accident and if there’s anything to be learned from it, the investigation will reveal that.”
Animal rights group SAFE, represented by Head of Campaign Marianne Macdonald, commented, “Animals are put at risk not just of injury and death like the fall yesterday, but in every event, animals are put through distress purely for the fun of the minority, and that is just unacceptable.”
Cocks concluded, “I’ve been involved in rodeo, off and on, for more than 40 years, and I’ve never seen this happen before,” adding that the New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Association would be receiving reports on the accident from the event’s Animal Welfare officers.