Rodeo fans watched everything go wrong in an instant after this horror unfolded

Jun 14, 2024

Fans headed to the rodeo are hoping to be wowed by the competition. 

They never expected to see what happened when one event went off the rails.

And rodeo fans watched everything go wrong in an instant after this horror unfolded.

Rodeo bull jumps into the stands and goes on a rampage 

The crowd gathered in Sisters, Oregon for the annual Sisters Rodeo was ready for the exciting final event of the evening. 

Country music star Lee Greenwood’s hit song “God Bless the USA” blasted on the loudspeakers as the crowd sang along and flashed their cell phone lights.

A bull named Party Bus was running around the loop of the arena’s floor when it casually made a beeline for the stands and jumped over the fence into the crowd.

The crowd was scrambling to get out of the rampaging bull’s way as it eventually made its way to the concession area.

The bull lifted one person off of the ground and tossed them like a rag doll.

Rodeo crew members were able to corral the bull and return to it a holding pen.

Three people were injured by the bull – including a sheriff’s deputy – and two of them were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Danielle Smithers was one of the fans in the crowd who was recording the audience standing and singing along to “God Bless the USA.”

“And about 30 seconds into it I stopped and I looked at it and I thought to myself, ‘this is just too beautiful not to have a video,’” Smithers recalled.

She said that she recorded the bull circling the arena before it leaped into the stands.

“I captured him completely going over the gate and disappearing,” she added. “Then there’s this huge pause in the zone he came out of. It seems like people go right back to waving their lights, almost like they’re not really sure what to do.”

Rampaging bull is being retired from rodeo competition

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) said that the incident at Sisters Rodeo was a reminder that there’s some danger involved in the sport for spectators.  

“While rodeo is a highly-entertaining sport, on very rare occasions it can also pose some risk,” the PRCA said.

Sisters Rodeo Vice President Brian Witt told Fox News Digital that this was the first time it’s ever happened at the rodeo.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever had this happen in Sisters Rodeo history,” Witt said. “I talked to our Scott contractors that have that bull, and they said it’s just highly unusual, very rare, they have seen very little of this in their entire career. They’ll see it on their own farm once in a while, just in their own pens, but never had this happen at a rodeo, it’s just very, very rare.”

Party Bus is going to be retired to a farm for breeding after the incident.

“Bucking bulls are bred, raised and trained to be elite athletes,” Sisters Rodeo Association stated. “Per the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, due to this infraction, Party Bus will no longer compete in the sport of professional bull riding, despite this being his first infraction.”

The freak occurrence of a bull jumping into the crowd will be an unforgettable event for the Sisters Rodeo audience.

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