The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday approved a ban on horse diving, the act of having a horse dive into a pool of water from dozens of feet in the air.
Phoenix City Councilwoman Thelda Williams brought the issue to the council, saying she wanted to be proactive to ban horse-diving efforts in the city.
In 2008, Williams successfully convinced fellow council members to ban horse tripping, the practice of roping or tripping equines for the purpose of entertainment. The council's vote Wednesday amends the horse-tripping ordinance to include the ban on horse diving. A first offense would carry a fine of $1,000.
Williams hasn't heard of any recent horse-diving attempts, but she said she came across e-mails in December suggesting an effort may be planned.
A recent attempt to revive equine diving at the famed Atlantic City Steel Pier, where it was popular from the 1920s to '70s, was squashed after protests from animal-rights groups.
City Council Passes Horse Diving Ban