Kent “Woody” Porter, one of the Midwest best known rodeo clowns, was injured Saturday, October 9th at the Great American Bull Riding 2010 Finals. The finals were held October 8th – 9th at Yellville, AR. Woody was serving as the barrelman at the event, an honor that is voted on by the top riders in an association. This was the 28th time that Woody has been voted to do an association’s finals, quite an achievement in anyone’s book.
During the event a bull and rider left the chute and instead of bucking the bull chose to make a high speed beeline for Woody. Since the normal routine for bulls are to leave the chute and begin bucking and spinning, Woody was caught off guard and the bull hit him full force and straight on in the chest knocking him down. Before the bullfighters could help him the bull had managed to break several of Woody’s ribs, severely bruised his lungs, hit him in the face breaking bones around his eye and causing the main bone under the eye to break and penetrate the facial muscle, ruptured his nasal cavity and gave him a beautiful black eye! As spectators watched in silence Woody was removed from the arena and a life flight helicopter gave him a fast ride to St. John Hospital in Springfield, MO.
Doctors at the hospital stated that Woody was one very lucky man. Although he looks like he has been hit by a freight train – oh ya, that is what they call it when a bull hits you head on – lots of black and blue marks, his hand has a small fracture as well as his leg is very swollen besides the rib and facial injuries. He has convinced the doctors to let him go home to recover. That is called “cowboying up”!
Woody has served on both the Rodeo Attitude Advisory Board in the early years of the company and later served for several years as its vice-president of contract acts. He still plays a very active roll in the day to day existence of Rodeo Attitude.
It appears Woody will be out of commission and out of work for a while so anyone wishing to send him get well wishes can send them to:
Kent "Woody" Porter
P. O. Box 504
Lowell, Arkansas 72745
Or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about Woody at www.woody-porter.com