Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Rodeo arena lacks livestock facilities

At all rodeo venues, there is an arena with "rough-stock" facilities at one end and timed-events facilities at the other end. The "rough stock" must have chutes, pens and alleyways to hold and sort the 20 bucking horses, 10 bulls and 30 head of steers and calves used by the competitors in the timed events. The timed-event end of the arena is the starting point for team roping, tie-down roping and steer wrestling. Facilities here must include two roping boxes and proper chutes and pens to sort and release the 30 or 40 head of livestock needed for these three events.

The eastern bleachers at the Hailey Rodeo Grounds, recently erected, leave no space for either of these important livestock facilities. To me, rodeo is America's No. 1 sport, but it just ain't rodeo without livestock. Considering all the information and expertise out there, this is a monumental screw-up. It leaves Hailey with no rodeo grounds at all.

Tony Taylor


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