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Accident prone bull rider hopes to stay accident-free this season

22 September 2014

Even knowing that he is accident prone, Brogan Naylor, Pratt Community College sophomore still says one of his favorite things to do is ride bulls and he has no intentions of quitting anytime soon.

Naylor, of Lucas, Kan., has had three surgeries due to bull riding and four due to accidents not related to bull riding.

His latest surgery happened last year after the Fort Scott Rodeo, when he got bucked off and the bull ran over him.

“I knew right away that something happened,” Naylor said. “It sounded like an elastic band popping and it hurt.”

Naylor found out that he blew his knee out and needed surgery. The doctor also told him that he was out for six months. At the time Naylor was in the top 10 in the region.

Naylor has recently started getting back on bulls and has been on two practice bulls and this past weekend went to Cherokee for his first rodeo since the injury.

“It feels good to be back on,” he said.

At Cherokee, Naylor was able to stay on but is hoping that he will do better with the first rodeo out of the way. Naylor said he first got involved in bull riding when he went to the practice pens will with a friend, who was already riding.

“I got on and loved it,” he said.

Naylor said he still loves the rush he gets when he gets on the bulls and also loves that he hasn’t had to have what he considers a real job since he started riding bulls.

Naylor said he decided to come to PCC because he had met Ryan Vander Pluym through other students who were on the rodeo team at PCC and like him. He also liked how often he got to ride.

“I like that we are on practice bulls twice a week. No other school that I know of does that,” he said.

Come out to support Naylor and the rest of the PCC rodeo team Oct. 3 through Oct. 5 at the Huffman Arena on Pratt’s main campus.

The rodeo kicks off Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. and will continue Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. On Oct. 5 the rodeo will start at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults single performance at the gate and $8 in advance for adults single performance. Children under 10 get in free.