Ernie Courson Jr. a bull rider, was having the best season of his ProRodeo career when the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo Xtreme Bulls took place on June 16.
Courson was riding Regulator from All In Pro Rodeos when the bull jumped off the ramp and knocked Courson down, smashing his face into the bull’s hump.
When asked what happened, Courson replied: I honestly can’t tell you. I don’t remember nodding, and when I woke up, my wife was saying, Wake up, baby. When I woke up and looked around I saw that I was in a hospital and wondered how I ended up there. He said that he was knocked out and had some broken bones in his face.
After watching the video ride, Courson, who is 10th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings at $51,732, evaluated him.
Courson, 28, said: He exploded very high and grabbed me above the head. I flew back to the slides and you couldn’t find me. I’ve been telling all my friends that I drew him to me, not the other way around.
Right now, I’m on 10-day medical leave and they (the doctors) want to give me four weeks. I was told that everything fractured, including the nasal cavity, the nose, the cheekbone and jaw, and the orbital bone (behind the eye), heal quickly.
Courson is hopeful he can compete at the RAM-powered NFR Open, which takes place July 13-16 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
With multiple fractures, this is perhaps my worst accident, Courson added. I’m going to try to do the NFR, so I’m going to rest. I’m going to wear a helmet from now on. I used to wear a helmet when I was younger, around 13 or 14 years old, but not since. Starting to ride with a helmet is a family decision. My children are 17 months and 13 years old.
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