Oklahoma Bull Rider Killed In Rodeo Accident

According to ProRodeo.com, Rowdy Lee Swanson was a PRCA permit holder from Duncan, Oklahoma and was studying animal sciences at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

Are these sports just too dangerous?

CNN – An Oklahoma State University bull rider has died from injuries suffered during a rodeo competition.

Rowdy Lee Swanson, 20, sustained the injuries on Thursday evening.

Swanson was competing at the Palo Pinto County Livestock Association’s PRCA Rodeo in Mineral Wells, Texas, when he was bucked off while riding a bull, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) said in a news release.

Swanson was studying animal sciences at Oklahoma State University and had a PRCA permit … Read more. 

Ban Rodeos? 

Legislators wrangle with proposal to ban rodeos

Feb 15, 2020

The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY — New York’s agricultural community is bucking legislation that would ban allegedly “cruel” rodeo acts — including bull riding and calf roping.

The measure was drafted by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, an animal rights advocate who launched the push to curb New York rodeos after learning that Madison Square Garden will be the setting for an extravaganza — “Rodeo New York” — to be televised on the Cowboy Channel in June.

Rosenthal branded rodeos “a blood sport masquerading as entertainment.” Last year, the lawmaker was the prime sponsor of legislation that led to New York being the nation’s first state to ban the declawing of cats.

But her new proposal to corral some rodeo acts is kicking up more resistance. (Story continues below … ) 

Accidental deaths can occur in nearly any sport – 

  • Bjorg Lambrecht, a Belgian cyclist, died following a crash on Aug 5, 2019, during stage three of the Tour de Pologne in Poland. 
  • A California woman died in August 2018 as a result of being hit in the head by a batted baseball at Dodger Stadium. 
  • Patrick Ekeng, a professional soccer player, died after collapsing on the field during a televised game in Romania on May 7, 2016.
  • Don Sanderson of the Ontario Hockey Association’s Whitby Dunlops struck his head on the ice during a fight on December 12, 2008, and died three weeks later.
  • Jaxon Logan of the Brigham Young University men’s ice hockey died after being hit by a puck which stopped his heart on January 21, 2005. 
  • Bengt Åkerblom, a Swedish ice hockey player, died after being cut on the neck by a skate during an exhibition game on October 15, 1995.
  • Alfredo Edmead, a minor league baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, died of brain trauma from in-game outfield collision 1974.
  • Bill Masterton of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota North Stars was killed as a direct result of an on-ice incident that occurred on January 13, 1968;
  • Ray Chapman of Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians was hit in the head by a pitch on August 17, 1920, and died 12 hours later. 

Opponents call a ban on rodeos unnecessary and point out the events draw enthusiastic crowds when they are held at county fairs and several upstate ranches.

“We encourage Assemblywoman Rosenthal to actually attend a rodeo and meet with horse owners before sponsoring what may be a well-intentioned, but misguided and unwarranted bill,” said Steve Ammerman, spokesman for the New York Farm Bureau. The nonprofit group is the lobby for the state’s agricultural industry.

The county fairs, equine businesses, riders and others would be “negatively affected by the legislation,” he added.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has also been campaigning for a ban on rodeo acts.

The group alleges that “horses are viciously spurred into bucking” while bulls are routinely injected with anabolic steroids to make them more aggressive.

Dr. Peggy Larson, a Vermont veterinarian who joined Rosenthal for a press conference promoting the ban on New York rodeos, said the animals used in rodeo shows are often left with ruptured organs … Read more.