rodeo

Anna King

In the Darrington, the Timberbowl Rodeo saw some of its largest crowds ever this past weekend. Neighbors gathered at the event to hug, shake hands and heal up from this year's nearby terrible Oso landslide. One rodeo cowgirl, Alexis Blakey, knows nearly everyone here. She’s 20, and today is her hometown rodeo. She’s working on achieving her pro-rodeo status for barrel racing. And Alexis wants this win.
 

Announcer: “Ok, we’re ready to go with our first barrel racer … Alexis Blakey!”

As summer winds to an end, state fair season heats up. Each year, the competition is intense to win the award for best cake, cow or carrot. And in one unusual sporting event at the Oregon State Fair, the athletes could end up on your dinner table.

Right before the "Cow Olympics" start, the cattle are restless. Before them is a six-part obstacle course. As a crowd watches, these animals will have to negotiate hazards that are clearly out of their comfort zone.

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers are advancing a measure that would ban the practice of "equine tripping" at rodeos. The bill approved Tuesday by the Oregon Senate also includes a provision aimed at preserving the right to hold rodeos in the first place.

Equine tripping is the practice of roping a horse's legs in order to make it fall. Critics say such falls can leave the animals severely injured. Most mainstream rodeos don't have the event.