Bull Jumps Fence, Injures Six At California Rodeo

By Roberta Elliot | Saturday, 28 May 2022 20:30
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Authorities report of several people being injured when a bull jumped a fence and escaped an arena during a popular Northern California rodeo.

The escape transpired Friday during the final section of the Redding Rodeo’s bull riding event, the Redding Rodeo Association wrote on Facebook. The bull leapt over a fence and proceeded to run through a crowd of spectators and across a parking lot before it was captured near a bridge roughly a half mile from the arena.

At least six people were treated for minor injuries, including 15-year-old Jordan Greco, a sophomore at Redding’s Enterprise High School. Greco told the Redding Record Searchlight the bull’s horn’s struck his leg as the animal charged through the arena’s VIP section.

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“Getting hit by a bull was an experience,” Greco exclaimed. “To be honest I didn’t feel it at the time because my adrenaline was pumping and I had to make split-second decisions.” At least one person was hurt near the Sundial Bridge, where the animal was finally caught, placed in a trailer and returned to its ranch, Redding police Cpl. Aaron Holleman said.

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“We wish the best to all those affected. The safety of our fans is our highest priority and we appreciate their support,” the Redding Rodeo Association’s statement read. The incident occurred on the third day of the four-day annual rodeo.

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Annually, Redding hosts one of California's most popular rodeos, often selling out over its 4-day run.

More than 50,000 fans were on hand this year during the four days that the California Rodeo rocked Salinas for the 109th time.

As one of the top 20 regular season rodeos out of 600 held nationwide each year, there were always lots of events for rodeo fans to see. However, equally important is the impact the annual event has on the Salinas area and agriculture, stated Leili Ghazi, chair of the Farm Credit Alliance and Senior Vice President of the Farm Credit Banking Group for CoBank.

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“Here in the west, rodeos and farming and ranching go hand-in-hand. Many of the best contestants are farmers or ranchers or work for one of the two, and rodeos are a powerful reminder of the importance of agriculture not only historically but today as well,” Ghazi proclaimed. “That’s why Farm Credit has been a Champion Sponsor of the event since 2014, and we look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.”

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Mandy Linquist, the rodeo’s marketing manager, said that for Salinas – the Salad Bowl of the World – the impact is even greater.

To begin with, she said the 80-acre Salinas Sports Complex, where the rodeo is held each year, was built and is operated by the Rodeo on a 50-year lease with the city.

“The money we raise goes to maintaining the facility,” she said. “Besides the arena, there’s a football stadium where our high school and community college teams play and the Boys and Girls Club uses it for an outdoor play area. We also have softball and Little League fields and banquet halls.”

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