Post by Mike_LeeFan on Apr 28, 2006 20:45:13 GMT -5
I recieved this article from my mom it's very sad and my prayers go out to the family who lost there son!
Teen's first attempt at bareback riding ends in tragedy
CASTLE ROCK (AP) - Services are pending for a 17-year-old senior at Douglas County High School, critically injured during a rodeo accident in Byers.
Stuart Mazanec of Larkspur had gone with about ten other teens to learn bareback riding at a camp run by family friend and rodeo expert Jay Brentner last Saturday.
Brentner says Stuart finished his ride and started to get down from the horse, when his hand got tangled in the rigging. The horse started running, with Stuart alongside, but the animal soon tripped and fell on top of him.
He was airlifted to a hospital with a broken jaw, and injuries to his heart. Family members say Stuart was alert, smiling and talking, but his body began failing Wednesday afternoon.
He was taken off life support that evening.
Stuart's mother, Pam, says the first thing he said to her after the accident was "Mom, don't cry." Surgeons later said it looked like a firecracker had exploded inside the boy's heart.
Senior Jenny Romanin had known Stuart since kindergarten, and said there was "nothing but love" in his heart.
He was set to graduate next month, then take construction classes at Laramie County Community College in Wyoming.
I just read that too. It's really sad. I think we do forget about what can happen. But I guess it could have happend anytime, doing anything. My prayers go out to him and his family. It sure makes me stand up and think about life. Never, NEVER take it for granted. God Bless
Chris LeDoux isn't gone, You Just Can't See Him From The Road. God Bless Chris LeDoux
That is a very tragic accident and hard to see any young person's life end too soon. It is compounded by the fact that it was his first ride. My thoughts and prayers are not only with his family but also the other students that witnessed the tragedy and now have to come to terms with what they saw.
"All I have to do is really learn how to dance with a bull. You just have to remember that he's definitely leading and you have to follow. You can't get behind at all. If you keep in time with him, you're all right. I just wish it wasn't such a hard dance to learn."- Fred Boettcher