News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail, Aug. 17

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Three-time Wrangler NFR bareback rider Matt Bright’s season is most likely over after he suffered at least one broken rib and torn cartilage on the right side of his ribcage. Bright completed his ride in Hermiston, but missed the pickup man when the horse suddenly moved and he fell awkwardly to the ground, causing the rib injuries. He is 26th in the Aug. 17 world standings, and hasn’t ruled out riding at the end of September, but will probably shut it down until the new season in October.

Two-time WNFR bull rider Ardie Maier suffered a dislocated shoulder on his riding (right) arm and an abrasion on the upper part of his spine in Hermiston when his bull stepped on him. Maier says he will tough it out and ride in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., this coming weekend. “I’ve worked too hard this season to sit on the couch at this point,” Maier said. He sits 24th in the Aug. 17 world standings, just $6,278 behind 15th-place Aaron Pass.

Chance Oftedahl, a 19-year-old team roping header, suffered a major concussion while competing at the Inter-State Rodeo in Coffeyville, Kan., Aug. 14. According to Leanne Oftedahl, Chance’s mother, her son was injured when his horse fell to the ground and he fell with the horse and landed head first. Chance spent one night in the hospital in Coffeyville and was released Aug. 15. “He is at home (in Pemberton, Minn.) and is resting,” Leanne said. “From what I’ve heard, all four legs of the horse went to the side and Chance came down first on the left side of his head and his left shoulder. He took a tremendous blow to his head. He was diagnosed with a major concussion and he’s back home recovering. He has no broken bones at all.” Oftedahl was competing with heeler Lucas Falconer when he was hurt. Oftedahl and Falconer were both second in their respective Aug. 17 RAM Rodeo Permit Standings as a header and a heeler. Oftedahl also is a member of the Odessa (Texas) College rodeo team and will be a sophomore this fall. He also competes in tie-down roping and steer wrestling.

Fans and competitors alike said goodbye to the Farm-City Rodeo Arena in Hermiston, as the Farm-City ProRodeo and Umatilla County Fair will move to the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center in 2016. The arena has been home to the rodeo since 1966, but has been in poor shape for the last 20-plus years. The new arena will seat more people – close to 8,000, compared to about 5,500 currently – but it will preserve the overall layout of the old arena. Some elements of the current arena, including the blocks and the chutes, will be reused in the new arena.

Two changes have been announced for the 2016 Hamel (Minn.) Rodeo & Bull Ridin’ Bonanza. Prize money for the rodeo will increase by five percent, and the new stock contractor will be J Bar J Rodeo.

Tuck’s flawless. He’s as close to perfect as I’ve ever seen a human be at anything in the world.

-Reigning World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey telling The New Yorker magazine how highly he thinks of bullfighter Dusty Tuckness

Courtesy of PRCA