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Saddle Bronc Rider Suffers 'Serious Injuries' After Terrifying Fall

Saddle Bronc Rider Suffers 'Serious Injuries' After Terrifying Fall | Country Music Videos
Photo credit: paulinereese/Instagram

Saddle bronc riding is one of the most exciting events to watch at the rodeo. It is an extremely dangerous event where cowboys mount a horse whose job it is to buck them off.

Much like bull riding, these rodeo participants have lots of training and are world class athletes, but every once in a while, the ride goes awry. On July 15, professional saddle bronc rider, Bill Herbert was competing at the Marble Falls Texas Rodeo when he was thrown off the horse and landed on his head.

He was taken to the hospital immediately, where he found out he suffered a "broken vertebrae at C3/C4 along with a severed artery near his spinal cord," according to an update on his wife, country singer Pauline Reese's Facebook page.


A GoFundMe account has been set up for the Herbert family "to raise money for medical funds, rehab, medical equipment and living expenses." The married couple has two young daughters, Heidi and Henli, who are with family as their mom is staying by their dad's side.

Herbert was moved to a hospital in Dallas, Texas after he "became unresponsive for over a minute" so he could see a spine specialist. Once there, they were transferred to Baylor University Medical where he was admitted into the ICU. As of Wednesday morning (July 19), he was out of the ICU and awaiting surgery to fuse his C3/C4 vertebraes together. 

Click here to donate to the GoFundMe. We will keep Herbert and his family in our prayers.

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