Nevada Bill Would Ban Horse Tripping

Nevada lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban horse tripping in rodeos throughout the state. Horse tripping is a rodeo event in which a horse is released into an arena and pursued by a person on foot or on horseback who ropes the animal's front or back legs, causing it to fall to the ground. The event is typically associated with traditional Mexican-style rodeos or charreria events.

Horse tripping is banned in several states including California, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

If passed, Nevada SB 364 would amend the state's animal cruelty code to prohibit horse tripping for enjoyment, entertainment, competition, or practice. The bill also prohibits anyone from organizing, sponsoring, promoting, overseeing, or receiving money for admission to a horse tripping event.

Under the bill, violators could face criminal charges carrying penalties including imprisonment and fines.

Miguel Escamilla, president and chief executive officer of Asociacion de Charros de la Loma Inc., an organization dedicated to preserving the Mexican culture known as charreria, opposes the bill on grounds that existing laws already address animal cruelty issues.

"This law is a waste of time and taxpayer money and will not achieve any productive or resonating change in the state," he said.

SB 364 is currently under consideration in the Nevada House of Representatives' Natural Resources Committee. Committee manager Judy Toscano said the committee is expected to act on the bill next week.

About the Author

Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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