Safety of cowboys, animals top priority
Red Bluff, Calif. – Being a rodeo cowboy can be a dangerous occupation, but it just got a little safer at the Red Bluff Round-Up.
Before this year’s Round-Up takes place on April 15 through the 17th, crash pads – foam-filled sleeves, wrapped around the top rail of each bucking chute – will be installed. The crash pads keep both the cowboy and the bucking horse or bull from injury, making a softer place to land in the rare occasion that a horse rears up in the chutes.
The crash pads will make Round-Up contestants much safer, says James Miller, General Manager. “We want to do everything in our power to keep cowboys and our animal athletes safe. The crash pads will lessen the chance for injury, and if an injury takes place, will reduce the severity of it.”
New pads in the roping boxes will also be installed. The crash pads and the roping pads will have the Red Bluff Round-Up logo on them.
“All the added protection you can get is good,” Miller added, noting that the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) use crash pads as well.
The 2016 Red Bluff Round-Up is April 15-17, with performances at 7:30 pm on Fri., April 15, at 2:30 pm on Sat., April 16 and at 1:30 pm on Sunday, April 17. Tickets went on sale on January 4. For more information, call the Round-Up office at 530.527.1000, visit the website at RedBluffRoundup.com, or find the event on Facebook and Twitter.