Bradie Gray was on the bull for 2.96 seconds before being bucked. (AP: Jacob Ford/Odessa American)
A bull rider from NSW is in a critical condition after a bull threw him off and stomped on his chest while competing in a rodeo in the United States.
Facebook post from College National Finals Rodeo: “Our thoughts are with Bradie Gray and his family after he was injured in the bull riding at the third performance of the CNFR. He was stepped on in the chest, transported to the hospital where he has undergone two surgeries. He is in critical but stable condition right now. We are all praying for a full recovery. Bradie is from Tamworth, New South Wales Australia and is attending Odessa college.”
Bradie Gray, who hails from Tamworth, has suffered broken ribs, a bruised aorta and collapsed lungs after the incident at Wyoming’s College National Finals Rodeo.
The 20-year-old had no pulse when he arrived at the Wyoming Medical Centre and was placed in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator.
Gray was bucked off by a bull named Levi the Boss who then stood on his chest.
Gray was able to stand up and was pulled into a bucking chute where he was put on a blackboard and taken by ambulance to the hospital.
The College National Finals Rodeo said Gray has undergone two surgeries and his condition is critical but stable.
On Tuesday, Gray, a junior at Odessa College in Texas, told the Star Tribune he was returning from the fifth serious injury of his college rodeo career.
He had suffered a broken back, twice broken his jaw, suffered a torn groin and a broken collarbone.
However he said “it’s what I love” and “I’ve been bred to do it”.
“I try to ignore it all and just have fun… that’s what you need to do,” he said.
Gray has been riding bulls and steers since he was five years old.
Coaches and emergency responders carry Bradie Gray from the arena after the incident. (AP: Alan Rogers/The Caspar Star-Tribune)