Although the first four days of competition at the St. Paul Rodeo were relatively safe, with only a few bumps and abrasions to speak of, the final night of rodeo on Saturday brought the sell-out crowd to silence as emergency medical personnel were brought out to cart out three competitors.
Ardie Maier, Taygen Schuelke and Dylan Vick Hice were each transported to the hospital to care for various injuries sustained during the bull-riding competition.
Schuelke suffered a compound fracture of his fibula – the smaller of the two bones in the shin – and was transported to Salem Hospital to receive surgery. He is expected to be out indefinitely.
Hice is in a walking boot after breaking his foot.
Maier had perhaps the scariest-looking injury, breaking multiple ribs on the right side of his chest, to go along with a lung contusion that forced emergency responders to transport him via Life Flight to the hospital. Although his injuries seem severe, Maier was in good spirits following a short stay in the hospital.
These guys are tough, St. Paul Rodeo media director Ruth Nicolaus said. Maier is already out of the hospital and wants to be back riding bulls in 10 days.