Bronc Rider Dies at Abilene Rodeo


ABILENE – A bronc rider was killed during the first performance of the West Texas Fair & Rodeo in Abilene Saturday night.  

According to a report from the Big Country Homepage, Expo Center General Manager Rochelle Johnson said the rider was thrown from his horse and died of injuries suffered in the fall. 

The bronc rider has not been identified. 

“Just happened on an animal that is somewhat wild, and so precautions with that are limited. It’s kind of what happens with these. It can happen in these kinds of events, unfortunately. We pray for this young man’s family,” Johnson shared.

The West Texas Fair and Rodeo runs through Sept. 16, 2023 in Abilene. 

An ambulance was on standby at the event and EMTs treated the man immediately.  

No further information is available at this time.  

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