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The County Was Cleared to Reopen. Then Came the Rodeo

They should have held their horses

(Newser) - The reopening of Shasta County, California has been delayed because thousands of residents attended a rodeo before the coronavirus had been corralled. Authorities say the county had met the state's criteria for a Stage 2 reopening—which would have allowed retail stores, dine-in restaurants, and other businesses to reopen—... More »

Baseball Star Has a Risky Hobby Under a Fake Name

Website 'The Athletic' reveals Madison Bumgarner's alias in the rodeo

(Newser) - In December, a rodeo rider in Arizona named Mason Saunders won $26,560 with a partner in a team-roping competition. Not bad money. As it turns out, Saunders doesn't really need it. The Athletic revealed over the weekend that Saunders is actually star Major League Baseball pitcher Madison Bumgarner.... More »

Fall Kills Rodeo Queen, 27

Lara Dewees leaves behind an 18-month-old son

(Newser) - A rodeo queen from Florida has died following an accident at a competition last month in Mississippi. The Tampa Tribune reports that Lara Dewees, who would have turned 28 on Monday, died from her injuries the day before her birthday. She was injured following a Feb. 20 competition at which... More »

Cowboy Lassoes Gunman at Rodeo

He had run out of bullets by then, but still ...

(Newser) - Things got rowdy at a rodeo in Bartow County, Georgia, over the weekend when guests asked a drunk man to leave. Instead, police say Celestino Moras, 25, stood up and started shooting, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution . One other unidentified person also started firing, and four people ended up with... More »

Obama Rodeo Clown Banned From State Fair

Performance slammed by politicians, fair commission

(Newser) - The Missouri State Fair Commission has banned a rodeo clown who came dressed in an Obama mask on the weekend from ever performing there again, KDSK reports. The clown appeared during a bull riding event. Another clown reportedly played with the lips of the Obama mask, and the clown eventually... More »

The TSA: Now Guarding Music Festivals?

Not to mention sports matches, rodeos...

(Newser) - The Transportation Security Administration is turning up in some unexpected places these days. The organization was originally created for airport security, but after the Madrid train bombing in 2005, special teams known as Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response were deployed. The groups are now working in train stations, highway weigh... More »

Rodeo Clown Ripped for 'Racist' Michelle Dig

Now California quipster may get ax

(Newser) - A California rodeo clown will likely lose his job after sharing what spectators ripped as a racist joke about the first lady over the microphone during a bronc and bull-busting event. The clown quipped that Playboy had offered Ann Romney $250,000 to appear in the magazine, and the White... More »

Girl, 16, Killed in Bull Riding Accident

Florida rodeo turns tragic when Brooke Ann Coats is thrown

(Newser) - Tragic news out of Florida: A 16-year-old girl is dead following a Friday night bull riding accident. Brooke Ann Coats was competing in a local rodeo when she was thrown from a bull and kicked once in the chest, ABC Action News reports. Though she was able to walk out... More »

Mexican-Style Rodeo Riles Activists

In Western US, tradition clashes with animal rights

(Newser) - It's about equestrian skill, machismo, tradition, and, of course, sombreros: It's charreria, and it might be endangered. The centuries-old Mexican activity that mixes rodeo and fiesta is coming under fire in the US, where animal-rights activists have rallied for laws against practices like steer tailing and horse tripping. The New ... More »

Now Rodeo Bulls Face Steroid Tests

Amid scandals, bull riding seeks to prove its animal stars are clean

(Newser) - Juicing isn't just for humans anymore—or at least that's the new worry on the rodeo circuit, as bulls are now being tested for steroids. To keep suspicion away from the ring, the Professional Bull Riders are beginning tests to "ensure the integrity of the sport," and first... More »

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