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CONTACT THE FOLLOWING, POLITELY, ABOUT YOUR OPPOSITION TO PROMOTING ANIMAL CRUELTY FOR CHARITY
You can read about the cruelty of rodeo at SHARK's website:http://www.sharkonline.org/?P=0000000349
(1). Let the Mongtgomery Fire Departments know what you think about raising money from torturing animals:firstname.lastname@example.org
(2). Let the Montgomery and Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance & Youth Services know what you think about their promotion of animal cruelty by their participation is this event:email@example.com
[This is a general e-mail address for the town; I could not find direct contact info for Youth Services, so make it clear that that is where you are directing your comments].
(3). Frank Drift, who owns Daube Farm, organizes and hosts this event:
361 Sunset Road
Skillman, NJ 08558
908-359-7832 OR 908-874-8577
Note, below, that in addition to the cruelty of the rodeo, there was a petting zoo.
** Montgomery also murders deer (http://www.montgomery.nj.us/deerhuntnotice.pdf
Submit letters to http://www.zwire.com/site/news.asp?b...&nav_sec=56826http://tinyurl.com/ktj5o
[article has a photo of one of the cowards]
Annual rodeo bucks into Montgomery again
MONTGOMERY A sunny weekend filled with bull-riding, rodeo clowns and bucking broncos provided entertainment for hundreds of people who donned cowboy hats, leather boots and Texas-sized belt buckles and rode down to Daube Farm to partake in the 13th Annual Montgomery Benefit Rodeo.
"We had some great weather, thank God," said the organizer of the two-day event, Frank Drift, owner of Daube Farm on Sunset Road. "Everything turned out excellent. We had a big crowd, probably one of the best we've ever had."
The event kicked off Saturday with a grand entry by all the participants, followed by several events including saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, team penning and calf scramble for the kids, Mr. Drift said.
The rodeo, which was organized in conjunction with The Rawhide Rodeo Co., resumed Sunday afternoon, the longer of the event's two days, with horses racing around the center arena waving American flags to the tune of "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," by Toby Keith.
The attending crowd clapped and cheered as horse after horse was let out of the chute, the riders paying tribute to America.
And then it was time for the bull riding.
Cowboys rustled up their courage and placed themselves on giant, angry bulls with names like the Alabama Slammer attempting to stay on the animal for at least eight seconds. If a rider was successful, he would move onto the next round to get a chance at the big payoff of about $3,000.
"These bulls are between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds," the rodeo's master of ceremonies boomed over the loudspeaker as riders were kicked off left and right. "This is the toughest eight seconds in sports the bull ride."
The cowboys come from all over, paying their own travel and living expenses, just to compete in rodeos, Mr. Drift explained.
One such cowboy, Mike Swearingen, from Wyoming, N.Y., has made his living with rodeos for over 30 years.
Mr. Swearingen, by far the most seasoned bull rider of the more than 20 at the rodeo, participated in both days of the competition, saying, "I was here Saturday, but didn't do too well. I was kind of rusty."
He added, "I used to do five or six bull rides a week, now I try to get five or six in per year," he said with a laugh. "For a rodeo on the East Coast, this one is a good size. Sometimes they can be up to seven or eight days long. There is a lot of good talent here, a lot of good stock."
Other events followed, including bareback bronco riding, where the riders attempt to stay on a powerful horse trying to kick them off. The rodeo also featured ladies barrel racing and mutton busting.
In between animal events, a rodeo clown named Hot Rod Bobby Cox popped wheelies and told jokes in his neon-green mini-monster truck.
Aside from the events in the main riding arena, there was plenty to see and do.
The familiar smell of barbecue permeated the air, with hot dogs and hamburgers grilling, clams being steamed and fresh lemonade being brewed. There was also a booth set up by the Montgomery and Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance & Youth Services selling fruit slushies.
Dozens of animals were on site as well, including sheep, bulls, cows, horses and goats, and there was a petting zoo set up for kids, which included rabbits, turkeys and a white pony.
There was a moonwalk for kids to bounce on, a bull-riding machine and, if you didn't come dressed for the affair, an official rodeo apparel vendor offering lassos, spurs and authentic cowboy hats and gear.
The annual event has raised over $500,000 for local charities and township organizations during its 13-year history. Money has gone in the past to aid the township's fire companies, among other organizations.
"I'd like to thank everybody that came out," Mr. Drift said Monday in a phone interview. "I'd like to thank all our sponsors, as well as the Montgomery Township Emergency Services, and everyone else who helped support us."