Kadoka cowboy seriously injured at CNFR

CASPER, Wyo. — A Kadoka, SD cowboy was seriously injured in an arena accident on the second day of the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).

Dylan Riggins, a Southeastern Oklahoma State rodeo competitor was taken to Wyoming Medical Center for evaluation and treatment Monday morning after a horse rolled on top of him.

This series of photos by Cayla Nimmo, Star-Tribunee, show the full impact of the horse falling on top of Riggins followed by quick arena personnel response. Riggins from Kadoka, SD and rodeoing for Southeastern Oklahoma State University as a graduate student, is expected to recover.

Once out of the chute, the horse ran head-on into a wall, reared backward and fell on Riggins. The cowboys hand was still in the horse’s rigging and he came back up with the horse when it got to its feet, before being able to get off.

According to reports, he sustained a broken sternum, broken collar bone, broken shoulder, cracked ribs, and a bruised lung.

Riggins was riding Frontier Rodeo’s Crazy Lady in the second go-round of bareback riding. The 24-year-old graduate student was competing in his fourth CNFR. A Kadoka, South Dakota, native, he previously competed for Panhandle State and New Mexico State.

Riggins is expected to make a full recovery but no word on when he would be released from the hospital.

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