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Steer Roper Injured at Ellensburg Rodeo

by Jim Bainbridge | Aug 27, 2014

Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association steer roper Jaime Long of Teague, Texas, was seriously injured during steer roping slack at the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo on August 27. Long, who turned 46 on August 27, was taken by ambulance to Kittitas Valley Hospital in Ellensburg for evaluation before being life-flighted to Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle for further treatment. Details on Long’s injuries have not yet been released.

“His horse stepped over the rope, the horse went down, Jaime got jerked down and knocked out, and his foot got stuck in the stirrup,” said PRCA Pro Official Wade Berry, who was in the arena when Long was injured. “When his horse got up, he took off with Jaime’s foot still hung in the stirrup. They got him stopped and got Jaime out of there, but it was a scary situation, for sure.”

“This is a chance all rodeo cowboys take every time we nod our heads,” said PRCA steer roping event rep J.P. Wickett. “We hope and pray Jaime’s all right, and that he has a speedy recovery. He’s a great guy. Anytime anything like this happens we’re all devastated.”

Courtesy of PRCA