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Horse fatally injured at rodeo


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

PHILLIPSBURG -- A bucking horse was injured and died Friday at the Phillipsburg Rodeo.

Jitterbug, a saddle bronc owned by Beutler and Son Rodeo Co. of Elk City, Okla., was a 6-year-old mare who ran into the fence as she bucked at the rodeo.

Dr. John Boyington of Crossroads Vet Clinic in Phillipsburg was on the scene immediately.

"I was right there, at that end of the arena, when it happened," he said. "She had her head down and went straight into the fence."

The horse died of cervical vertebral dislocation, Boyington said.

"This is my 23rd year of working this rodeo, and this is the first time this has happened," he said. "It was instantaneous, and there was no suffering."

Rhett Beutler, who owns Beutler and Son with his father, Bennie, said the loss will hurt.

"It was kind of like losing a star freshman player," he said. "She was a valuable asset to our company."

The horse will be buried in Kansas.