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Ignorant animal rights activists

Woe and behold, I am writing this letter to answer the letter from the misguided and ignorant Michelle Fox, who wrote “Rodeo is about cruelty.”

I rode in the Wild Horse Race at Cheyenne Frontier Days for nine years. With a lot of help from Marcus Morton and Patsy Teague, we produced two Wild Horse races at the Snowmass Rodeo Grounds.

The first thing I ran up against was a bunch of ignorant “animal rights activists.” All I did was re-educate them on their strongly misguided ideas.

You see, Michelle, there is this “thing” out West called heritage, tradition, history and a feeling of being a part of it. I’m flying to Cheyenne Frontier Days on the 26th of July. The judge of the Wild Horse Race and bull riding is picking me up at the airport, and I’m damn proud of it.

I suggest you go to the library and check out a few books on Western history, then go watch a rodeo for what it really is. Believe me, Michelle, I am not going to Cheyenne to torture, irritate or enrage the bulls and wild horses.

As for torturing an animal into a “behavior pattern,” that is the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard. I majored in psychology in college, and I trained “personal protection dogs” at Aztec Guard Dogs in Albuquerque, N.M., in the early ’70s. Lady, you can’t torture any animal into a behavioral pattern.

As for “dominating the animals,” every rodeo I’ve been to the bulls and horses dominate the cowboy! Those animals are a stock contractor’s livelihood; They care for them as well as race horses. I guess I’m doomed to re-educate you ignorant, misguided “animal rights activists” for the rest of my life. MERCY!

P.S. Get your facts straight before you jump on a bandwagon that you have no knowledge about. Ignorance rears its ugly head again.

Sam Vaughan


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