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Bull rider Garrett Tribble sidelined with neck injury

by TRACY RENCK | Feb 03, 2020

PRCA Media Coordinator

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Bull rider Garrett Tribble, a two-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, will be out at least six weeks after fracturing his neck Feb. 1.

Tribble, who made the Finals in 2016 and 2018, suffered the injury when he was bucked off Rafter H Rodeo’s Left Lane at the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo.

“I had a chip in my C1 in my vertebrae in my neck and a concussion,” said Tribble, 22. “I can walk around and everything, I never lost any movement. They said I got really lucky in that it chipped the good way instead of the bad way.”

Tribble was treated at a San Angelo hospital and released early in the morning Feb. 2. Tribble is wearing a neck brace and is expected to be sidelined at least six weeks.

“I’m going to get a follow-up in a week or two,” said Tribble, who lives in Bristow, Okla. “I’ve never had problems with my neck before. Injuries are just all part of it. You hope they never happen, but sometimes they do. I'm blessed this is all that happened. It could have been a lot worse.”

The C1 and C2 vertebrae are the first two vertebrae at the top of the cervical spine. Together they form the atlantoaxial joint, which is a pivot joint. The C1 sits atop and rotates around the C2. More of the head’s rotational range of motion comes from C1-C2 than any other cervical joint.

Tribble took a moment to describe what happened on his ride.

“The bull was just pushing back with his front feet and I clicked my heels behind me and he pulled me down over his shoulder,” Tribble said. “I went over the side of his shoulder and my hand was still in my rope and he pulled me underneath him. Then, his back feet came around on top of my head. I was wearing a helmet and he cracked the back of my helmet and pushed on to the back of my neck with his feet.”

Tribble finished 20th in the 2019 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $80,182. His late push to make the Wrangler NFR was derailed when he was injured at the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo in Albuquerque in September.

“I broke some ribs and lacerated my liver (in Albuquerque),” Tribble said. “I just came back at Fort Worth (Division 1 Xtreme Bulls, Jan. 21-22) because of those injuries. I rode at Fort Worth and then San Angelo’s rodeo. It’s getting old getting hurt.”  

Tribble finished a career-best eighth in the 2018 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $180,482. He won Round 4 at that year’s Wrangler NFR with an 87-point ride on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Black Hammer. In 2016, Tribble finished 12th in the world standings. 



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