Alberta Bullfighter Injured After A Bull Stepped On Him At Country Music Festival
Casey Berg, 23, was airlifted to Edmonton.
Alberta's yearly summer country music festival was a little less festive on Saturday, Aug. 3. A 23-year-old bullfighter was seriously injured at the Big Valley Jamboree during the Bulls For Breakfast event taking place that morning.
The young bullfighter, identified as Casey Berg, was airlifted from Camrose, where the festival takes place, to the University of Alberta hospital in Edmonton. His condition was described as being critical but stable. There have not been any reports about the extent of Berg's injuries.
Berg sustained his injuries while trying to help another rider. After the rider was bucked off of his bull, Berg entered the field to try and distract the animal. The bull knocked Berg to the ground before spinning and stepping on him.
Berg was knocked unconscious by the attack, but according to the festival's operations manager Chuck Erman, Berg was conscious and responsive when he initially arrived at Camrose Hospital.
"He just took a pretty good shot when he got hit that knocked him unconscious," Erman said, according to CTV News. "And then when he went down, it's just the bull spun and stepped to get his footing, and he just stepped on him."
Erman also pointed out that anyone who gets into a sport involving bulls is likely to get injured at some point. "It's not if you're going to get hurt but when," Erman said.
He also made sure to point out that everyone at the festival was pulling for Berg. "Everybody said a cowboy prayer for the young bullfighter to make sure he had a speedy and fast recovery," he said.
The Big Valley Jamboree takes place every year on the August long weekend and includes country-themed activities such as pony rides, outlaw country dancing, and even a karaoke contest. It also features performances from country music stars like Brooks And Dunn, Toby Keith, and Billy Ray Cyrus.
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