Mother of Badlands Team Roper Injured in Vehicle Crash

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Connie Weishaar, the mother of Badlands Circuit team roper Seth Weishaar, suffered two broken heels and another broken bone in her leg on Feb. 4 when her Ram truck was involved in a head-on collision on an icy South Dakota road.

“Her seatbelt and the airbag saved her life,” Seth Weishaar said. “I’ve seen a picture of the truck and it’s hard to believe anybody survived the crash.”

Connie Weishaar was trapped behind the wheel for two hours and had to be rescued by an emergency response team with the Jaws of Life before being sent on to a Rapid City hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred when the westbound truck containing seven-time world champion Jake Barnes and fellow team roper Junior Nogueira apparently lost adhesion on an icy bridge and collided with Connie Weishaar’s truck.

Barnes, Nogueira and the horses they were hauling escaped without injury.