(Las Vegas, NV) Officials at the South Point casino in Las Vegas say plans for a Mexican-style rodeo there next month have been cancelled.
Steve Stallworth of the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center confirmed Friday the World Series of Charreria was a no-go. The rodeo looked unlikely after Tuesday, when Clark County commissioners upheld a ban on horse roping events.
Animal rights activists say roping a horse’s legs can trip the animal and cause serious injury. Event organizers say cowboys catch and release the horses, and intentional tripping is against internal policy.
Commissioners heard hours of impassioned testimony from both sides before voting 3-3 on a temporary moratorium on the county’s horse roping ban.
The split vote killed the moratorium, but commissioners plan to revisit the underlying ordinance in coming weeks.