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St. Paul Rodeo cancels wild horse race

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ST. PAUL, OR (KPTV) -

The St. Paul Rodeo has canceled its wild horse race for 2013 after a collision led to the deaths of two horses a year ago.

"The Board of Directors has voted to not host the Wild Horse Race at the St. Paul Rodeo this year," said a statement on the rodeo's Facebook page.

The rodeo will otherwise go on as normal July 2-6 in St. Paul.

The wild horse race features riders trying to saddle and mount a horse, and then ride the horse into an opening on the opposite side of the rodeo grandstand.

In 2012, the two horses collided head-on, as seen in a YouTube video posted by a spectator.

An on-site veterinarian said the horse suffered head and neck trauma before it was put down. The second horse also died from its injuries, the Statesman Journal reports.

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