Come August, our state will be subjected to another annual exhibition of the utmost cruelty – the Omak Suicide Race. The riders are volunteers. The horses are not. They are galloped to the edge of a precipice and spurred down the almost vertical hillside (68 degrees). They trip and fall and often pile up, breaking legs.
That’s not enough “thrill.” They are then forced across a river, sometimes drowning. Since 1984, 20 horses have died in this race, not counting the injured. One would think our state is civilized enough to stop this act of animal torture.