Rodeos kill children too

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 2007:
TUCSON–Tucson police chief Richard Miranda on March 19,
2007 announced that the Pima County Attorney’s Office will not charge
anyone for causing the February 22 death of five-year-old Brielle
Boisvert during the 82nd annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros rodeo
parade. Three years younger than the minimum age for parade
participants stated on the entry form, Boisvert was thrown from her
horse and trampled by a bolting team of horses who were pulling a
The parade is promoted as the longest in the world using no
motor vehicles–and has had serious accidents before, though no
previous fatalities. “At last year’s parade,” recalled Associated
Press, “Mayor Bob Walkup bruised an arm and his wife Beth suffered a
concussion and whiplash when two runaway horses slammed into a
150-year-old buggy.”

Boisvert was the youngest human rodeo fatality since Braeden
Chamberlain, 9, of Benalto, Alberta, fell off a steer and was
trampled at a rodeo camp for children in February 2005. The
youngest person killed at a rodeo in 2006 appears to have been Stuart
Mazanec, 17, who was dragged and then crushed by a horse after his
first-ever ride at a rodeo clinic in Byers, Colorado.
The ANIMAL PEOPLE files indicate that two or three minors per
year die in rodeo events–which typically involve only eight to 10
seconds of action.

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