Governor Kitzhaber Please Enforce Our Laws Against Horse Tripping

  • by: debbie catalina
  • recipient: Governor John Kitzhaber, governor of the state of Oregon

If you have witnessed “Big Loop” rodeo, you know this: horse tripping breaks horses’ legs, their necks, their backs. When a young horse running at full speed has its front legs ripped out from under it by a rope yanked tight, the horse tumbles end over end, its head driven into the dust of the arena with great force. The more violent the fall, the louder the crowd cheers. Like dogfighting, cockfighting, and other blood sports, the crowd is there to be entertained by violence toward animals.

“Big Loop” roping, such as that conducted at the Jordan Valley Rodeo, involves two ropers on horseback, who chase a yearling colt or filly into the arena from a chute.

The first roper throws a loop around the horse's neck. The crowd hears the horse's rasping breath as it is strangled by the taut rope around its neck. The second roper then throws a loop around the animal’s front legs, often while it is racing into the slack of the first rope in an effort to escape.

Horse tripping was banned in 2013 by overwhelming majorities in the Oregon legislature. Governor Kitzhaber signed the bill, declaring, “No more horse tripping!” The PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) does not feature horse tripping in rodeos that they sanction.

Thirteen other states have criminalized horse tripping - including the big cowboy states of Arizona, New Mexico, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, and even Texas.

But this year, at the Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo held in Oregon close to the Idaho border, the sheriff of Malheur County says that he will interpret the new law in a way that protects illegal horse tripping.

Sign this petition to ask Governor Kitzhaber to make it clear that horse tripping is not ok in Oregon!


Dear Governor Kitzhaber:

Thank you for taking action to see that the ban on cruel horse tripping is aggressively and uniformly enforced. Attached are the signatures of thousands of people who oppose this cruelty, and who are urging you to remain vigilant in protecting horses, especially in events like the Jordan Valley "Big Loop" Rodeo.

Thank you!

Update #38 years ago
Thank you petitioners. As a result of the outpouring of support, we are now over 1400 signatures urging the Jordan Loop Rodeo to cancel what they are now calling the horse "roping" event. But our work is not done!!
Please continue to push us forward!! Sources close to governor Kitzhaber tell me that Salem is watching our petition. Oregon is expressing its continued resolve to protect sensitive, intelligent, and sentient one year old horses from the trauma of being roped and cowboyed in a rodea arena.
Every singature garnered not only lets our governor know that the people of Oregon are behind his efforts to protect Oergon's horses.
Here's what else you can do:
Call or email your personal friends and ask them to add their names to the petition.
Call or write the governor's office at:
Thank you from the Oregan Has Outlawed Horsetripping Team!
Update #28 years ago
We need just 105 more signers to reach 1000 signatures!!!
Help us meet our first milestone. the best way to get mor signers is emailling or messaging your friends and asking them to sign.
Its important to keep the pressure on, until the organizers of the Jordan Loop Rodeo cancel the horse tripping event.
We are ALL Americans, We ALL believe in democracy,
The Majority of Oregonians, of the Oregon legislature, the the governor ALL support ending this cruel abusive rodeol event that cripples and kills baby horses.
Help us reach the top!
Thank you for how much you have done already!
Update #18 years ago
Thank you everyone for your support! Please do not forget us. this is NOT over. People in Jordan Valley want to rope those sweet yearling horses...mere babies...they are pressuring their officials to "stand up" to the rest of us! Please help circulate this petition. Lets show the world that Oregon's people do not want horse tripping. Lets support our governor who is working hard to support the law. thank you, and stay strong!
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