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Bronc rider dies in rodeo competition held in Las Vegas

Bronc rider dies in rodeo competition held in Las Vegas

By Jessica Janner. CREATED Nov 12, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A bronc rider died Saturday during the Indian National Finals Rodeo held at South Point Casino in Las Vegas.

25-year-old J.D. Jones of Goodman, Missouri died in his first time competing in the national finals.

A spokesperson for the Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR) said he died when his foot fell out of his stirrup, leading his horse to drag him and step on him, eventually falling down onto Jones.

The horse, named "Meathead", was also injured and had to be put down.

Organizers of the event say once they heard about Jones' death, they held a "blanket dance" at the rodeo in his honor. It raised more than $15,000. Some contestants donated all of their earnings to the Jones family.

Jones leaves behind a wife and one-year-old son.

For information on how to help the family by donating, click here.

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