In order to assist bull rider Reid Oftedahl, members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Associations are coming together in a time of need.
Oftedahl suffered an injury in the second round of the Teton Ridge-sponsored Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The cowboy from Raymond, Minnesota, was thrown forward, struck the head of the bull, and landed on the arena floor. He sustained neck and head injuries.
Oftedahl was confessed to the ICU at UMC Emergency room on Dec. 2 in Las Vegas. On December 15, he updated the ProRodeo Sports News on his condition with the following information.
Oftedahl stated in a text that he had been diagnosed with a Grade 3 Diffuse Axonal Injury, which is the shearing (tearing) of the long nerve fibers (axons) that connect the brain.
Additionally, he claimed to have fractured the C7 cervical vertebrae in his neck. As of December 15, Oftedahl stated that he is currently attending a rehabilitation facility in Mesa, Arizona, and that he anticipates a full recovery.
ProRodeo cowboys have stepped up to assist Reid and his family with the increasing costs of treatment and rehabilitation. Numerous contestants and contract employees have donated rodeo memorabilia to be auctioned after the Finals, with Oftedahl receiving 100% of the proceeds.
The most recent item donated for auction is a 2022 Wrangler NFR NFR All-Around Average Champion Saddle made by seven-time PRCA World Champion Stetson Wright. The stock contracting firm Phenom Genetics Inc. is leading the ongoing fundraising efforts. On their Facebook page, you can bid on items to support Oftedahl and his family.