I personally don't like horse racing or steeplechase. I think that more of the owners and trainers of those big horses are cruel to them than in any other sport. I wouldn't condone the use of those horses in racing via steeplechase. Plus, you retire them at what? age 4? Then they get sold as broodmares, or to slaughter or just dumped because they didn't win enough. Ridiculous. Even dressage horses aren't treated as mean as that!
I would like to state that horses aren't deer. They are in no way built like deer, and they don not have forgiving joints like deer do for jumping ungodly high fences. I realize that reining horses and barrel horses and dressage horses also can get arthritis and other joint problems, but look at how long most of those horses live, into their twenties while still being ridden, versus many permanent lame retired throughoubreds at the age of 4.
Also, bucking horses and wild mare races are cruel and should be banned. Watching those horses, they don't look happy at all. I'm sure that none of you would want a bucking cinch tightened in your flank either, or 6 beastly men pulling on your head, twisting your ears until you stand still enough to have a saddle strapped to your back.
Now don't get me wrong, follow your dream...and good luck to you if you do become some world champion, GOOD JOB!!
I just don't like any of those events because I don't like the unnecessary abuse to the horses bodies or minds for such a short period of time, then they get dumped because they can no longer perform.