Sunday, August 12, 2007
Michael Vick would love this event
Mike Vick seems to have chosen the wrong animal abusing sport to enjoy. Because while it may be illegal to have dogs fight each other to the death in the U.S., it's more than ok to send horses over a steep incline at full gallop and watch them tumble down a hill as they break every bone in their body. And then force them to ford a river. Yee-haw!
That's right friends, this weekend marked another year of the Omak Suicide Race in Washington state.
For more than 70 years, cowboys and Indians have gathered in central Washington every August for the annual Omak Stampede and the rodeo's biggest draw, the Suicide Race. In four races over four days that began Thursday, 15 riders simultaneously sprint their horses at full gallop down the hill and across the river to a rodeo arena. The first three races are run at night with floodlights to light the hill. Since 1982 an average of almost one horse a year has been killed during the race and riders have suffered a litany of injuries.
If you think that's bad, at least people these days wear helmets and are no longer allowed to beat the horses with giant clubs. Uh, what? Yes, that's right, when the event originally started in the 1930's racers often drank heavily before taking the plunge and carried wooden clubs to beat other jockeys and horses. Now would probably be an excellent time to mention that the majority of the riders come from the Colville Confederated Native American Tribes.
I'm not making any of this up. I literally couldn't make this post more politically incorrect if I tried.
Anyway, you can get into a debate about which is worse - dogfighting or whatever the hell you call this thing - but all I know is one is 100% illegal and the other is 100% legal.
Looks like you chose the wrong one Vick.
info about the Suicide Race from the Wall Street Journal.