CANCEL THIS EVENT
  • Petitioned Jonny Ringo - 480-488-2466

This petition was delivered to:

President - Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association
Jonny Ringo - 480-488-2466
Vice President - Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association
Dina Piacquadio
Vice Mayor - Cave Creek, AZ
Adam Trenk - 480-240-5647
Mayor - Cave Creek, AZ
Vincent Francia

CANCEL THIS EVENT

    1. Amy Guthmiller
    2. Petition by

      Amy Guthmiller

      Pima, AZ

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October 2013

Victory

Amy Guthmiller: We did it!! The Wild Horse Taming Event @ the 2013 Cave Creek Wild West Days has been CANCELLED. Thank you all so much for your support & being a voice for these horses. 362 signatures!! You all ROCK!! We made a difference for these horses!!

This is NOT horsemanship! Here is an explanation of what this event is:  Wild Horse Taming is where three cowboys will show the crowd how a bronc is tamed. First, a horse is loaded into a bucking chute where it is haltered. Next, a team of three cowboys ready themselves for the release of the horse into the arena. These cowboys are known as the shankman, the mugger and the rider. The shankman's responsibility is to tightly hold to the lead rope and apply leverage to allow the mugger safe access to the withers, which are the horse's shoulders. The mugger, once safely to the withers, attempts to hold the halter and prevent or slow down all forward motion of the horse. The rider's goal is to effectively secure the saddle to mount and ride the horse with the ultimate goal of crossing a designated finish line. All of this happens within two minutes.

Adam Trenk, Vice Mayor of Cave Creek stated on his Facebook page that the Merchants and Events Association puts on the Wild West Days event, not the town of Cave Creek, although it is held in Cave Creek. He is in favor of this event, and supports it because the horses being used are rodeo bucking stock, not wild or untamed horses. 

Regardless of whether the horses are rodeo bucking stock, or wild, untamed horses this is wrong. These poor horses are terrified. Some traditions and ways of doing things are best left in the past. A very respected & talented horse trainer in the Cave Creek area puts it best, "Lots of things that were okay before--aren't now, i.e. drinking and driving, slavery to name a couple. This should fall into that 'not okay now' category."

The Sonoran News states "A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit local non-profit and horse-related organizations, which help to preserve the community’s Western heritage". Wow! what a bunch of hypocrites!

For several years, Wild West Days in Cave Creek, AZ & the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association supported the Luv Shack Ranch Trainers Challenge. This event worked like this: before a panel of judges, professional horse trainers demonstrated how they have taken a horse that no one wanted - an untrained and inexperienced horse that they had only 90 days to train then showcase their progress at the Challenge in hopes of winning the prize money (which was all donated) and of course the esteemed recognition of having their trained equine adopted into a forever home.  Each trainer received recognition for their participation in the challenge and had the opportunity to showcase their talents to growing their business long after the challenge is over. “This event is such an amazing opportunity to bring together Rescued Horses, Trainers, and people who would like to adopt a horse. When I organized the first Challenge I wanted it to be a WIN-WIN for all who got involved” says Joey Ogburn President/Founder of the LUV Shack. “In so many ways it boosts the economy and signifies that Cave Creek is truly the most western town in Arizona!" This event was very enjoyable to watch & the stands were packed with people! Luv Shack Ranch & Horse Rescue is now Triple R Horse Rescue; Joey Ogburn is no longer associated with this rescue.

I am a firm believer that we, the humans, must be the voice for these animals. So many horses are ruined by ego-driven events such as these. This event is dangerous to both horse and human.

Please sign this petition to stop this event from happening. I would also encourage everyone to boycott Wild West Days in Cave Creek, AZ & all the members of the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association unless this event is cancelled. I was shocked to find that Triple R Horse Rescue (formerly the Luv Shack Ranch Horse Rescue) & Animal Health Services were members of this association. 

Here is a link to the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association website:

http://cavecreekmerchants.com/directory/

Here are some YouTube videos of this event --

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=use8V3hhrBM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2aosaWeNBw

 

 

 

 

 

To:
Jonny Ringo - 480-488-2466, President - Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association
Dina Piacquadio, Vice President - Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association
Adam Trenk - 480-240-5647, Vice Mayor - Cave Creek, AZ
Vincent Francia, Mayor - Cave Creek, AZ
Wild Horse Taming - CANCEL THIS EVENT

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Email sent to the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association

      Amy Guthmiller
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Members of the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association,
      We appreciate you taking your time to discuss this & review my petition to cancel this event.
      The 372 petition signers & myself would like to say THANK YOU for hearing our concern about the "Wild Horse Taming" event and subsequently cancelling this event.
      Even though Amber Booth states that your decision to cancel the event was not due to the petition (this seems a little suspect to me..hmm) I am glad you made this decision.
      All the best to your businesses & future endeavors.
      Thank you again.
      Sincerely,
      Amy Guthmiller

    2. WE DID IT!! The Wild Horse Taming Event has been CANCELLED!! Part 3

      Amy Guthmiller
      Petition Organizer

      My response to Ms. Booth: Dear Amber,
      This is wonderful news! I'm so glad the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association decided to cancel this event (but not for reasons related to my email or petition LOL!). Whatever the reason, I'm glad its not going to happen.I stand behind everything in my petition on Change.org.

      "Do you really think that people heavily involved in the event, that own horses, rescues, and work for these organizations would in any way harm a horse?" << obviously YES I do. In my opinion, anyone associated with the "Wild Horse Taming" event was guilty by association.

      "Hopefully with this cause off your plate, you can focus your time and energy somewhere of importance." << getting this event stopped was very important to me & worth every bit of energy I put into it.
      I wish your business the best in all its future endeavors.
      Sincerely,

      Amy Guthmiller

    3. WE DID IT!! The Wild Horse Taming Event has been CANCELLED!! Part 2

      Amy Guthmiller
      Petition Organizer

      Email from Amber continued:On a personal note.....Next time before you ask people to boycott businesses, you should make sure you know exactly what you are boycotting. My business provides nothing but a positive, safe and fun place for children to dance and perform within their community. They do fundraisers for their local food bank, their PTO's and donate thousands of dollars in used costumes to underprivileged children every year! Wild West Days is a huge fundraiser for many NON PROFIT, completely volunteer based, horse rescues. Do you really think that people heavily involved in the event, that own horses, rescues, and work for these organizations would in any way harm a horse? Hopefully with this cause off your plate, you can focus your time and energy somewhere of importance. Amber Booth CCMEA Secretary

    4. WE DID IT!! The Wild Horse Taming Event has been CANCELLED!! Part 1

      Amy Guthmiller
      Petition Organizer

      Below is an email I rec'd from Amber Booth. She is the CCMEA Secretary & Owner of Adaptive Force.

      Hi Amy, Thank you for expressing your concerns. I watched your you tube videos and these are not videos of the event put on at Wild West Days or by the Cave Creek Merchants and Events Association. Yes my business is a member and I am on the board of the CCMEA.

      The "Wild Horse Taming Event" has been cancelled but not for reasons related to your email or petition. I hope that you withdraw your petition on Change.org at this time.

    5. Email thread from a member of the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Assoc.

      Amy Guthmiller
      Petition Organizer

      Fran Booth <franbooth@mac.com>

      5:06 PM (18 hours ago)

      to me


      This is not taming; it is a bronc race with horses bred and trained for this competition. Please get your facts straight before you disseminate false information

      Amy Guthmiller <amy.guthmiller@gmail.com>

      5:10 PM (18 hours ago)

      to Fran


      Dear Ms. Booth,

      Then why are they calling it the "Wild Horse Taming"? ... Bronc race, wild horse taming ... its still an ignorant, ego-driven, cruel & dangerous event and I stand by my petition & so do all the people that have signed it so far.
      Regards,
      Amy Guthmiller

      Fran Booth
      (18 hours ago)
      to me
      Someone must have typed something wrong/incorrect. It is a race competition just like barrel racing or mutton bustin. No taming whatsoever. Thanks for the email.
      Fran Booth, ABC
      Booth Communications, Inc.
      602.400.3330

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. Email sent to Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association

      Amy Guthmiller
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Members of the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association,

      I am emailing you to advise that I have started a petition on Change.org requesting that the Wild Horse Taming Event scheduled during this years' Wild West Days be cancelled.

      In the petition, I also requested your businesses be boycotted for supporting such an event. So far, the petition has almost 100 signatures from people who will not attend Wild West Days 2013 or support your local business.

      This is an ego-driven, cruel, dangerous & un-entertaining event. I respectfully request you review the petition along with the comments & cancel this event.

      Here is the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/wild-west-days-cave-creek-az-the-cave-creek-merchants-events-association-cancel-this-event.

      Thank you in advance for your consideration.

      Sincerely,

      Amy Guthmiller

    8. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Amy Guthmiller PIMA, AZ
      • 12 months ago

      WE DID IT!! The Wild Horse Taming Event has been CANCELLED!! Thank you all so much for your support. We were the voice & made a difference for these horses. You all ROCK!! Thank you again.

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    • Anne Way SCOTTSDALE, AZ
      • 12 months ago

      Shame on Arizona for permitting this - cruelty at its worst.

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    • Helen Jaquith BRADENTON, FL
      • 12 months ago

      Cancel this event at Wild West Days. This is no way to treat horses. It's horrible, mean and what goes around comes around. STOP IT NOW!!!

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    • Steve Grage GURNEE, IL
      • 12 months ago

      Treating animals this way is not necessary for our survival

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    • Wendy Schinarakis CRETE, GREECE
      • 12 months ago

      Its cruel

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