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Tragic Weekend in Bull Riding

By February 1, 2009

Our condolences at About Rodeo go out to the family of Josh Griffin of Nacodoches, Texas who died Sunday of injuries sustained at a bull riding event at Timpson Rodeo Arena. Also it has been reported that Xtreme Bull Rider Chance Smart has been listed in stable condition at a hospital in Rapid City (South Dakota) after suffering a severe concussion and a fractured cheekbone from the opening event of the Xtreme Bulls Tour.

In Griffin's case, the event wasn't PBR sanctioned but Ty Murray said this, "I've lost friends in this sport, and danger is what makes the sport so intriguing, not just to the fans, but to the riders. Learning how to do a sport this dangerous is a true test of an athlete, in body, mind and spirit. We send our sincere condolences to Josh's family." Funeral arrangements are being handled by Cason Monk Metcalf Funeral Home in Nacogdoches.

Bobby Welsh, Chance's friend and fellow PRCA bull rider said, "Me and Chance are running mates and we're believers in God and we know that His Word triumphs over all. Being behind him and being a believer, I'm not worried about it because the best care he can be in is God's, and that's the care he's in. He's going to be just fine." Here at About Rodeo we wish Chance a full recovery and will be praying for both fine young men.

This sport is dangerous folks, it's not a game. Let's support these cowboys and their families in their time of need with prayers and kind words. (Information provided courtesy of the PRCA and the PBR.)


February 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm
(1) alan says:

I am sad to hear someone died, another hurt. But let’s keep it prospective, rodeo IS a game, it’s a sport. Riders are players and professional entertainers. That’s where the dollars come from, the fans. Think about the quiet professionals that keep us protected and our world safe that regularly lose their lives. THAT is not a game.

February 3, 2009 at 10:21 am
(2) Mary Ellen Staffeld says:

Chances’ friend Bobby says a lot by quoting they are believers in God. That is what gets us through these trying times in life. My heart and prayers go out to the family also of Josh Griffin. We need more Cowboys with Godly attitudes!!!!!!!!! These are real men.

February 3, 2009 at 6:55 pm
(3) John Doe says:

To alan…Rodeo is a sport! Have you ever ridden a bull? Sound like a fun game? It is very dangerous. Your comment is disrespectful to Josh and Chance (and everyone associated with the rodeo industry). If you have ever met a real cowboy, you would know that they are not “entertainers”. They are hard working people trying to earn living like every other “quiet professional”

February 4, 2009 at 1:55 pm
(4) Jim says:

Do you know if Chance was hurt by getting thrown into the slider gate frame?

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