A rising star bull rider from Brazil died from injuries sustained after being trampled on by a bull during a rodeo in Fresno, California, on Sunday.
Amadeu Campos Silva, 22, was in Round Two of the PBR Velocity Tour event at the Save Mart Center on Sunday, Aug. 29, when he was bucked from a bull called Classic Man barely 5.31 seconds into the ride.
Silva’s spur got caught in a rope, pulling him under the bull, and the bull’s hind legs fell on his chest, and he sustained chest injuries. Bulls that compete usually weigh between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds.
Despite the tragedy, Andrew Giangola, a spokesperson for Professional Bull Riders claimed the bull, dubbed “Classic Man,” will still be eligible for future events. He claimed that the bull was not to blame.
He stated, “It clearly was not an act of aggression.” adding, “The bull was bucking in his normal pattern.”
“Campos Silva, A bull rider with a lot of promise, participated in the 2020 Professional Bull Riders World Finals after making his debut in the United States the previous year. He was following his goal in order to provide for his family.
Giangola described him as a “determined cowboy.”
This isn’t the first time a fatality has resulted from the risky sport.
At the Palo Pinto County Livestock Association’s PRCA Pro Rodeo in 2020, a member of the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Rodeo Team died after being wounded when he was bucked from a bull.
Before sustaining catastrophic injuries, Rowdy Swanson, 20, was riding a bull called Gritty.
Mason Lowe, 25, died a year previously at the National Western Stock Show in Denver when a bull stamped on his chest during a competition.
Lowe, of Missouri, was bucked from his bull, Hard Times, and the beast’s rear legs crashed down on his chest. Lowe was wearing a mandatory protective vest.
He was rated 18th in the world and was able to stand for a brief period before falling after holding his chest. He was sent to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.