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Bull rider expected to make full recovery after rodeo injury

Athlete returned to rodeo hours later to cheer on fellow riders
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
Posted at 11:06 PM, Jun 15, 2024

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — A bull rider injured on Saturday afternoon during a rodeo event at the South Florida Fairgrounds has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue officials told WPTV units were dispatched to the fairgrounds on Southern Boulevard at 3:47 p.m. Saturday for a patient with a traumatic injury.

Double K Rodeo Productions, the company that organized the Arrigo Dodge Extreme Rodeo, identified the injured cowboy on Facebook as Klane Lewis.

"[Lewis] was released the same day and even came back to our evening show to support his colleagues," said Cynthia Czug, president and CEO of Double K Rodeo Productions, Inc., in a statement to WPTV.

Video from the rodeo appears to show Lewis riding a bull for about 12 seconds before falling off and being stomped by the animal. As several cowboys tried wrangling the bull, the announcer could be heard shouting, "paramedics to the arena."

In a short video post on TikTok, Lewis wrote: "All the glory to God. The good lord blessed me this week and was definately watching over me."

The 23rd annual Arrigo Dodge Extreme Rodeo was held Friday and Saturday, according to the fair's website. The injury happened during the "family matinee" which started at 2 p.m. Saturday.

"All of our contestants are professional athletes that are aware of the risks involved. We could compare this to other professional sporting athletes that understand the risks involved in their sport," Czug said.