According to a post on Tuesday’s Horse, the Reno Rodeo has banned cameras from being used during the competition.
The blog suggests that this ban came after several individuals were videotaped shocking horses to make them buck two years running — in front of the judges.
The Reno Rodeo is not the only one to ban spectators from filming: The Big Loop Rodeo, in Jordan Valley, Oregon allowed rodeo supporters to film the rodeo, but asked other people to stop filming and leave the grounds. One person, who is associated with the animal rights group SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness) was arrested.
Click on the photo to read the article and for links to videos that show how recalcitrant horses, who don’t want to leave the chute and buck, are shocked to make them perform.
Rodeo policies prohibit the shocking of horses and bulls but given the number of times these individuals were caught on film using a hand held device to shock horses once or twice when they refused to leave the chute, it seems that rule is not being enforced and that instead of dealing with the infraction, they’d rather get rid of the evidence.