Bronc Rider Who Set World Record in San Angelo Will Have Tailbone Removed


LOVINGTON, NM – Following a catastrophic injury to his tailbone during the Lea County PRCA Rodeo earlier this month, world record bareback rider Tim O'Connell is going to have his tailbone removed.

According to an Instagram post from O'Connell during the rodeo, held from Aug. 4-7, he suffered a serious injury but has been riding riding through the pain.

"Undoubtedly not the way I wanted to end my regular reason, but it’s the nature of the beast," stated O'Connell. "After a couple of weeks of be a tough guy, my x-rays showed my tailbone in an almost unfixable position."

Tim O'Connell Broken Tailbone

Tim O'Connell Broken Tailbone (Contributed: Instagram)

Although O'Connell suffered the injury he was able to take home second place with an 88 point bareback ride earning him over $3,000. He then competed in three more events but was unable to make the finals in any of them.

O'Connell is a seven time NFR qualifier which is influencing his decision on the surgery.

"With the time line to the NFR we have decided to remove my tailbone (coccyx) completely this Tuesday," continued O'Connell. "Thank you everyone for the support through the regular season. I’ll see you all when we throw down in Vegas."

O'Connell set the world record bareback ride in San Angelo in 2020. San Angelo LIVE! had an exclusive interview of the ride. For more check out here:

O'Connell also had another 94 point ride at the Yellowstone Riggin' Rally in Darby, Montana. He hold the world record with four other cowboys.

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