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Horses killed at Calgary Stampede

July 13, 2010

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Two horses have died at the Calgary Stampede, bringing to three the number of animals that have died since the annual competition began Friday.

A chuckwagon horse, belonging to Doug Irvine’s racing team, died of a suspected heart attack during a training session on Monday morning.

Then a bucking horse named Cinder Mountain broke its back during rodeo competition in the afternoon and had to be euthanized. The horse tossed Steed Cline during the novice saddle bronc event.

“It’s what they refer to as an empty buck when the horse has already thrown its rider, or it’s already off its back anyway, and the horse bucks again and unfortunately it breaks its back,” said Stampede spokesman Doug Fraser.

“We’re constantly reviewing our practices, because I know there will be criticism, and we’ll continue to review those practices and make those improvements that are necessary.”

The incident happened minutes after Brittany Mercier of Airdrie made history by becoming the first woman in Stampede history to ride in the event.

On Sunday evening, another horse suffered a suspected heart attack during the team cattle-penning competition and fell on its rider, sending her to hospital.

Amy Carver is in intensive care in a Calgary hospital with a traumatic head injury and a broken shoulder blade.

A junior steer rider will be OK after a steer fell on him during competition on Monday. Nolan Jans of Maple Creek, Sask., was taken to hospital as a precaution.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. William E. Beck permalink
    July 13, 2010 10:24 am

    Thats exactly why horse bucking should be outlawed.


  2. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    July 13, 2010 12:35 pm

    horse bucking is about as archaic
    as a movie in aramaic
    there is no way for this to be humane
    allowing this to go on is, quite
    frankly insane


  3. Judith permalink
    July 13, 2010 9:19 pm

    Horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Signed, sent and sent on to others..


  4. CATHALA permalink
    July 14, 2010 4:30 am

    Les chevaux ne doivent plus être massacrés c’est un scandale!!!


  5. July 14, 2010 6:05 am

    Discusting signed the letter also


  6. Leanne permalink
    July 15, 2010 8:42 am

    Animals should not be used for entertainment at any level at any cost – period! END OF STORY!


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