The Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association today announces plans to make significant changes to its event for the 2008 Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, slated for May 16 to 19, 2008. Effective immediately, the annual Cloverdale Rodeo will no longer include tie-down roping, team roping, cowboy cow milking and steer wrestling as part of its rodeo program.
“Over the last 61 years, the Cloverdale Rodeo has been known as one of the top rodeo events in North America,” says Association President Gerry Spielmacher. “This decision, reached after significant discussion, reflects the feedback we’ve received from thousands of rodeo fans who attend our event here in Cloverdale. Further, we feel this decision needs to be made at this time due to an unfortunate incident, which occurred at our Saturday afternoon rodeo performance, resulting in an animal being euthanized,” added Spielmacher.
The Association is currently in discussions with its governing body, the Canadian Pro Rodeo Association (CPRA) regarding the continuation in some form of its longtime affiliation with the organization. Numerous attempts by the Cloverdale Rodeo to lobby its rodeo sanctioning body to change event rules to further protect the animal athletes against injury in the events in question have not been successful, ultimately resulting in this decision by the Cloverdale Rodeo to eliminate those events altogether.
“The Cloverdale Rodeo Association values its relationship with the CPRA, and therefore this decision was extremely difficult for us, but we felt we no longer had any choice,” says Spielmacher. The Rodeo Association will announce 2008 rodeo programming details in the coming months.