Most rodeo fans take a deep breath when the season kicks off and then hold it all the way through to finals. This exciting, fast-paced sport can also be extremely dangerous, and competitors as well as spectators hope for a season free of severe injury. Unfortunately, 2017 won’t be that year.
Saddle bronc rider Bill Herbert, husband of Texas country star Pauline Reese, was competing in the Marble Falls Texas Rodeo on July 17 when the horse he was on sent the cowboy off his back end. Much like the injury that took Bonner Bolton out, Bill landed on his head, rolling his neck.
In video from the event, Bill is on his knees for a minute after the incident, but slowly makes it to his feet. However, after the rodeo, an update was shared on Pauline’s Facebook page saying that her husband had suffered a broken vertebrae at C3/C4 and a severed artery near his spinal cord.
According to a GoFundMe page set up to help with their mounting medical expenses, Bill became unresponsive at the hospital and has since been moved from Temple, Texas, to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. The latest update says that he is out of intensive care and will have surgery to repair the damage in six days.
Bill is a four time CPRA saddle bronc champion and three time UPRA champ. Pauline is the 2017 CMA of Texas Female Vocalist of the Year and two-time Texas Music Association Entertainer of the Year. They have two daughters—Heidi and Henli.
We’re sending lots of healing thoughts to this sweet family.