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The Herald Journal, Logan, Utah, Friday, July 3, 201

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“The doctors were all just amazed that I didn’t have some sort of brain injury,” Hibbard says. “I’m dang lucky that I just have a wound on the back of my head in the shape of a horseshoe.” Hibbard ended up going home Saturday night — a couple of hours after the rodeo in Hyrum ended — and showed some “true grit” of his own by actually returning to his job at LeGrand Johnson Construction on Wednesday. “That horse, I think she knew

what she was after; she was going to get somebody, and it just happened to be me,” Hibbard says. “You’re always watching the bulls really close, but I learned my lesson to get the heck out of the way no matter what because those horses can sure kick, too. “But all things considered, I’m doing dang good, and I’m dang blessed to be here. Life’s short, and things can happen in a flash. Someone was definitely watching over me on Saturday night.”

Clockwise from top left: Bullfighter Chet White helps a young mutton buster get a hard-earned ovation. Bullfighter Blake Jones tries to keep Ogden cowboy Cody Watkins safe last Friday night. Bareback rider Chance Ames tapes up before a Saturday night ride. A happy mutton buster leaves the arena with her shoes in her hands. Amanda Wilson holds the American flag in front of pick-up men Tanner and Shane Haviland at the start of last Friday’s rodeo.

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