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Animal rights worker arrested for videotaping rodeo event

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: JORDAN VALLEY, Ore. (AP) — An animal-rights activist has been arrested after refusing to quit videotaping at an Eastern Oregon rodeo with an event where contestants rope horses by the legs. The Malheur County sheriff's office says 30-year-old Adam Fahnestock (fawn-stock) of Vancouver, Wash., was accused Saturday of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The group Showing Animals Kindness and Respect says he is a volunteer. Undersheriff Travis Johnson told the Ontario Argus Observer (http://bit.ly/12ppCpt) the Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo was on private property, so it could refuse to allow videotaping. The rodeo in far southeast Oregon is the only one in the state known to hold an event that sponsors call horse roping and opponents call horse tripping. The Oregon Senate has voted to ban the event. The House is considering the bill.

Baldness and clowns

Slice reader Lori Goldade saw the question about dealing with losing your hair.

"My husband and I were attending the PRCA rodeo in Pocatello, Idaho, when the rodeo announcer and the rodeo clown were bantering back and forth. The announcer challenged the clown to take off his hat. When he did, the announcer made a comical comment about his obvious lack of hair under the hat.

"The clown responded, 'Hey, anyone can grow hair, but it takes a real man to be able to suck it back in!'"

Religion Finds Home At Rodeo

The sounds of cowboy gospel music and the faint smell of manure wafted down to the door of the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds’ indoor arena on Saturday. Corey Ross, a preacher from Texas, stood before men in cowboy hats and women wearing large belt buckles. As he began to sing about God’s grace, his voice broke through the murmur of stock calves shuffling just a few rows below him in the large arena. In the crowd, some dressed in their country best in preparation for the night’s championship go of the College National Finals Rodeo, while others wore simple T-shirts and sun-bleached baseball caps. They clapped along with Ross’ folksy tune before sitting down, their eyes trained on the singing preacher man/Amy Huddleston, Twin Falls Times-News. More here. (Idaho Press Tribune file photo of high school rodeo in Caldwell)

Question: Do you mind when an athlete uses the podium provided by his/her sport to share his/her faith?

Gray injured and out of NFR

PRCA bareback leader leader Ryan Gray of Cheney suffered a lacerated liver after being stepped on by Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Golden Dream during the second performance of the Nationals Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas Friday night. He was helped out of the Thomas & Mack Center arena by members of the Justin Sportsmedicine Team and taken to University Medical Center, where he has been admitted for observation. He is out for the remainder of the Wrangler NFR, ending his chances of winning his first world title.


Gray, Durfey out of the money

Ryan Gray of Cheney finished out of the money in the first round of the bareback riding competition at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas on Thursday night. However, Gray still has the lead in the World standings, which is based on money won during the season.

Tyson Durfey of Colbert fell from seventh to ninth in the standings after finishing out of the money in the first round of tie-down roping.

The NFR runs for 10 days.