A tragic accident at the nation's oldest weekly rodeo took the life of a 19-year old bareback rider Saturday night.
Coy Lutz was competing in the bareback bronc riding event at the opening night of the 62nd Cowtown Rodeo season in Pilesgrove, Pennsylvania, when he was thrown from his horse then stepped on several times.
According to Cowtown Rodeo owner Grant Harris, this is the first time in the event's history that a cowboy has died from injuries sustained in an accident there. "He was a nice kid, a really nice kid, from a nice family," said Harris. "It's tragic and traumatic to our entire industry."
Harris also shared that more than 2,200 spectators, including Lutz's parents, were in attendance when the accident took place. The bareback bronc riding event was the third of the night. Five riders were registered to participate, and Lutz was the fourth to go. Lutz was riding a horse named H3 who was "bucking in a tight circle in a spinning motion instead of bucking while in forward motion," said Harris.
Lutz was thrown from the horse and fell under the horse's hooves causing him to be stepped on "several times." The horse weighed roughly 1,250 pounds.
Rodeo staff immediately came to Lutz's aid, and with the help of local EMTs got the horse away from the cowboy. Lutz was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounce dead.
Our prayers are with the Lutz family and all who knew and loved Coy.