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Flying U Rodeo Responds to Controversy Over Euthanized Horse at California Mid-State Fair 


RE: Country Rodeo Finals - August 1, 2015

       California Mid-State Fair


Flying U Rodeo Company produced the Country Rodeo Finals held at the California Mid-State Fair on Saturday, August 1, 2015. One event of competition in the Country Rodeo Finals was the Xtreme Bronc Riding. Unfortunately, one of the horses used in this competition was injured upon exiting the chute. The contestants, unaware of the injury to the animal, proceeded in the competition as though there was no injury. One of the three Rodeo Safety Men in the arena that are charged with protecting both the animals and the cowboys, informed the contestants of the horse’s injury, stopped the competition relative to the team with the injured horse, and quickly ushered the horse out of the arena.


A veterinarian immediately responded to the accident and attended to the horse, who was later transported off-site for a more full evaluation. Regrettably the horse was found to have injuries to the leg such that the chances of recovery for the animal was low. After full consultation with the veterinarian, Flying U Rodeo Company made the difficult decision to have the horse humanely euthanized.


While rodeo always has risks involved to the cowboys, injuries to horses in the Xtreme Bronc Riding is very rare. Flying U Rodeo Company apologizes for any discomfort experienced by spectators as a result of the injury and would like to thank everyone who contacted us about the injured horse.

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