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List of Animal Sports A-Z

List of Animal Sports A Z

There are many sports, both recreational and professional, that depend on animals as a key member of the sport. These sports take even more specific precautions and regulations to make sure that both the athlete and the animal are safe.

Below is a list of sports that include animals in competition:

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Animal Sports List A To Z

SportDescriptionAnimal
Bull RidingA rodeo sport where riders attempt to stay atop a bucking bull for a certain length of time.Bull
Bareback Bronc RidingA rodeo sport where riders try to stay on the back of a bucking horse with no saddle.Horse
Barrel RacingA rodeo sport where horseback riders attempt to race patterns around barrels in an arena as quickly as possible.Horse
BikejoringA biking sport where cyclists ride on trails with one to two dogs pulling in front.Dog
Calf RopingA rodeo sport where a horseback rider attempts to rope a running calf and tie them as fast as possible.Horse, Calf
Camel RacingA sport similar to horseracing where riders race camels around a track, trying to finish fastest.Camels
Chilean RodeoA team of two horseback riders will ride around an arena in an attempt to slow and pin a calf as fast as possible.Bull
Dog AgilityA handler will lead a dog through an obstacle course, trying to complete all the obstacles perfectly and quickly.Dog
Dogsled RacingA racing sport where a sled is pulled by a team of dogs on a track, most often done in the snow.Dogs
Elephant PoloA sport similar to horse polo where players ride elephants while trying to score goals with a polo mallet.Elephants
FalconryA hunting sport where a trained falcon hunts animals in their natural habitat such as squirrels, rabbits, and birds.Falcons
Goat TyingA rodeo event where a horseback rider chases, ropes, and ties a goat as quickly as possible.Horse, Goat
Harness RacingA sport where two horses pull a cart called a sulky around a track trying to finish a race first.Horse
Horse PullingA sport where two harnessed horses pull a weighted sled behind them; the team that pulls the most weight wins.Horse
JoustingA medieval-based sport where two horseback riders race at one another with lances, aiming to knock one another off their horses.Horse
Miniature Bull RidingA rodeo sport where kids ride small bulls, attempting to stay on as long as possible.Bull
RodeoA sport that includes several events such as bull riding, roping, and barrel racing.Horse, Bull, Sheep
RopingA rodeo sport where athletes on horseback attempt to rope and tie cattle or sheep.Horse, Bull, Sheep
Saddle Bronc RidingA rodeo sport where athletes ride horses and attempt to stay on as long as possible while they buck.Horse
Steer WrestlingA rodeo sport where horse back riders rope, wrestle, and tie cattle or steers as quickly as possible.Horse, Cattle
Yak PoloA sport similar to horse polo where athletes ride yaks and attempt to score goals with a mallet.Yak
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Discontinued Animal Sports

The sports listed below have been made illegal or have been criticized for the inhumane treatment of animals.

  • Bull Fighting
  • Buzkashi
  • Rooster Fighting
  • Dog/Greyhound Racing
  • Ferret Legging
  • Rejoneo
  • Toros Coleados
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