COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Saddle bronc rider Tim Edge, a RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo champion in 2005, was killed April 27 near his Mantachie, Miss., home when he was struck by lightning.
Edge, 37, was just coming back from riding horses with his father when lightning struck him and his horse, according to Itawamba County Coroner Sheila Summerford.
Summerford said Edge’s father had gone into the barn while Edge stayed outside. Upon hearing a loud boom, the elder Edge rushed outside to find that his son and the horse he had been riding were killed by the lightning strike.
Edge bought his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association card in 1997, while an undergraduate at Fort Scott (Kan.) College, and competed in both college and PRCA rodeos until he finished work on his degree in industrial technology at Western Alabama University (Livingston) in 2001.
Through all of his 11 seasons as a PRCA member (1997-2007), Edge proved to be one of the top saddle bronc riders in the Southeastern Circuit, twice qualifying for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Pocatello, Idaho.
Edge won the RNCFR saddle bronc riding title in 2005 with an 84-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Show me the Cards in the final-four round and earned an event best $14,748. He won the Southeastern Circuit year-end title in 2006 and again advanced to the final-four round at the 2007 RNCFR, finishing third in money earned.
Among his biggest regular-season titles were the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo in Lufkin, Texas (which he won twice), the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo, the Cowboy Capital of the World Rodeo in Stephenville, Texas, the Mississippi Classic PRCA Rodeo (Starkville) and the Pine Country Pro Rodeo (Flagstaff, Ariz.).
Edge is survived by his wife, Lacie Wiygul Edge, and a daughter, Selah.
Courtesy of PRCA