Raymond bull rider seriously injured at National Finals Rodeo
Pro Rodeo performer Reid Oftedahl suffered a head injury at the World Championships
LAS VEGAS — Bull rider Reid Oftedahl of Raymond suffered a head injury late Friday at the World Championships at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Oftedahl was injured during the second round of competition. He was riding a bull named Under the Influence when he was thrown forward and hit the bull's head, then fell to the arena's dirt floor, according to the prorodeo.com website.
Oftedahl was transported to the UMC Trauma Center with a head and neck injury. He was listed in stable condition, according to officials.
Oftedahl, 28, was making his Wrangler National Finals Rodeo debut in 2022. He qualified for the the No. 15 spot in the Professional Cowboys Association RAM World Standings by making $97,944 in winnings.
A gofundme.com site has been created for Oftedahl and had raised more than $46,000 to help with his medical expenses.
"I am raising money to help Reid and his family out for medical (expenses) and to get him back on his feet again," wrote Colter Hensel, a friend, on the gofundme.com site. "It's important to me and all of his friends and family. Funds will go directly to Reid for travel, medical bills, etc. Let's help get this cowboy some money raised ... (W)e love you."
The World Championships take place through Dec. 10 in Las Vegas. Also competing is Granite Falls' Tanner Aus and Milan's J.D. Struxness.