Why this horse race is called “suicide race”? How many die or injured in this?

Incredible images of the annual ‘suicide’ race in Omak, Washington, show horses sprinting down a hill and crossing a river before making it to the other side of the arena.

The Omak Stampede, is a rodeo that’s been held for more than 80 years and is known for its controversial horse race where horses with their riders run down Suicide Hill, a 62-degree slope that runs into the Okanogan River.

Horses then race into the river and swim 300 yards before making it over to the other side and into the arena.

suicideThe race has provoked serious concerns among animal welfare and animals rights groups, because of the dangers horses face, including death.

Last year, in the annual race that occurs the second week in August, two horses died.

Eagle Boy, owned by George Marchand, finished second Sunday to Jackpot with jockey Edward Marchand, to collect 3 points and take the overall championship in the World-Famous Suicide Race, according to the Omak Chronicle.

The suicide race was created in 1935 by Claire Pentz, in an effort to promote the rodeo.

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Incredible images of the annual ‘suicide’ race in Omak, Washington, show horses sprinting down a hill and crossing a river before making it to the other side of the arena

Incredible images of the annual ‘suicide’ race in Omak, Washington, show horses sprinting down a hill and crossing a river before making it to the other side of the arena

The Omak Stampede, is a rodeo that’s been held for more than 80 years and is known for its controversial horse race where horse with their riders run down Suicide Hill

Suicide Hill (pictured) is a 62-degree slope that runs into the Okanogan River. Horses with their riders running down the hill of this year’s race

The Omak Stampede, is a rodeo that’s been held for more than 80 years and is known for its controversial horse race where horse with their riders run down Suicide Hill

Horses then race into the river and swim 300 yards before making it over to the other side and into the arena

Horses then race into the river and swim 300 yards before making it over to the other side and into the arena

The race has provoked serious concerns among animal welfare and animals rights groups, because of the dangers horses face, including death

The race has provoked serious concerns among animal welfare and animals rights groups, because of the dangers horses face, including death

Last year, in the annual race that occurs the second week in August, two horses died

Last year, in the annual race that occurs the second week in August, two horses died

Annual Omak ‘suicide stampede’ as it blazes through town

This year, Eagle Boy, owned by George Marchand, finished second on Sunday to Jackpot with jockey Edward Marchand, to collect three points and take the overall championship in the World-Famous Suicide Race

This year, Eagle Boy, owned by George Marchand, finished second on Sunday to Jackpot with jockey Edward Marchand, to collect three points and take the overall championship in the World-Famous Suicide Race

The course begins with a 50-foot sprint (pictured), then descends the steep, ruddy slope known as Suicide Hill

The course begins with a 50-foot sprint (pictured), then descends the steep, ruddy slope known as Suicide Hill

Horses then plunge into the Okanogan River

The suicide race was created in 1935 by Claire Pentz, in an effort to promote the rodeo

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