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Fatality at rodeo

Jason Blasdel dies in bull riding event


Eight seconds may not seem like a long time, but spend those eight seconds on top of a massive animal that is mostly muscle and weighs nearly a ton and those eight seconds can turn into an eternity. Unfortunately, apart from all the excitement that surrounds bull riding, there is no small amount of tragedy.

Rodeo and bull riding have been a part of world history for centuries. Elements of bull riding can trace their origins to the Minoans while much of what we know today as rodeo in the American West borrowed greatly from Mexican culture. While informal rodeos were held between neighboring...

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