Bull Jumps Fence at Oregon Rodeo, Injuring Three (KOIN)

Bull Jumps Fence at Oregon Rodeo, Injuring Three

Monday, June 10th, 2024 Catastrophe Insurance Industry Liability Risk Management

A dramatic incident occurred at the Sisters Rodeo on Saturday night when a bull jumped over a six-foot fence, entering the spectator area and injuring three people. The event took place around 9:45 p.m. in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,500. Among the injured was a woman who was flipped into the air and trampled by the bull, resulting in a leg injury that required hospital treatment. She was released shortly after. Additionally, a Deschutes County sergeant sustained a knee injury.

Spectator Danielle Smithers captured the unexpected moment on video, revealing the bull’s leap and the crowd’s initial confusion. Despite the chaos, rodeo pickup men managed to recapture the bull within minutes, thanks to the event’s strict emergency protocols. Sisters Rodeo spokesman Brian Witt emphasized that such incidents are rare and highlighted the effectiveness of their emergency response plan.

Smithers, reflecting on the incident, suggested the implementation of a siren to alert attendees in future emergencies. Despite the scare, she expressed her willingness to attend the rodeo again, acknowledging the inherent risks in such events. Witt commended the first responders and rodeo personnel for their quick and efficient handling of the situation.

Earlier in the day, US Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer attended the rodeo but left before the bull escaped. She praised the swift response of the event staff and first responders. The Sisters Rodeo Association reiterated their commitment to fan safety and confirmed that the final performance would proceed as scheduled.


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