10:50 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Rodeo Helps Town And Cowgirl Heal From Landslide

Alexis Blakey of Oso helped rescue horses and search for survivors after the landslide earlier this year. She says running barrels with her horse, Tax, helps her hit the pause button on memories of the landslide for a few brief moments.
Credit 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!”

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Animal Athletes
4:33 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

'Cow Olympics' Test Bovine-Handler Bond

Chris Lehman. "Some of the animals balked at crossing a "bridge" and a "stream" that were part of the obstacle course.

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 5:17 pm

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.

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Equine Tripping
4:26 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Advance Ban On 'Equine Tripping'

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 4:47 pm

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.

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