Rodeo legend killed by charging bull in ‘freak accident’ as tributes flood in
A horrific "freak accident" has sadly taken the life of a "rodeo legend" who was killed by a bull during an event on Saturday night.
Bruce 'Greenie' Green was a member of the New South Wales rodeo community and regularly competed at events across Australia.
The 62-year-old was run at by a bull during the Tamworth Rodeo Roundup, stated the Austalian Bushmen's Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ABCRA).
Emergency serviced were called immediately, with paramedics arriving at the scene just after 9pm.
They found Mr Green in a critical stated and treated him at the scene before he was taken to the nearby Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital.
He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Mr Green hailed from Grafton on the east coast of Austalia, not too far from the popular backpacking destination Byron Bay.
He was described as an "extraordinary" man who was selfless and cared a lot about his friends and family.
ABCRA paid tribute to the legendary rodeo competitor, writing on their Facebook that Mr Green was a "long-time member of the board, the most extraordinary club member”.
They added he always "gave selflessly to his mates, his family, the sport of rodeo and camp draft, and the ABCRA.”
“Greenie has always ‘been there’, always part of the Rodeo, out there making it happen, never asking anything but always giving everything.
"A great bloke and a diamond in the rough. Generous in every way,” the organisation said in the tribute.
They concluded: “We are all in shock and deeply saddened. The Board and Members of the ABCRA extend our deepest sympathies to Bruce’s family and friends.
"We are holding you all close in our thoughts and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as we all reflect on the life and value of a wonderful fellow.
“Greenie, you’ll be sadly missed by us all.”
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They also added a thoughtful prayer for the cowboy, which read: "Our gracious and heavenly Father, we pause in the midst of this festive occasion, mindful of the many blessings you have bestowed upon us.
"As Cowboys, Lord, we don't ask for any special favours.
"We ask only that you will let us compete in this arena as in the arena of life. We don't ask that we never break a barrier, draw around a chute-fighting horse, or draw a steer that just won't lay.
"We only ask that you help us to compete in life as honest as the horses we ride and in a manner as clean and pure as the wind that blows across this great land of ours.
"Help us, Lord, to live our lives in such a manner that when we make that last inevitable ride to the country up there,
"Where the grass grows lush, green and stirrup high, and the water runs cool, clear and deep, that you, as our last Judge, will tell us that our entry fees are paid."
The post has since attracted over 2.3K likes, with hundreds rushing to comment lovely messages about Mr Green.
One wrote: "Condolences to the Greens! I always looked forward to bumping into you & hearing your stories at Sydney Royal."
Another added: "Such an unfortunate and sad happening to our dear friend and such a valued member or our community.
"Bruce gave his all to his family, community and the rodeo world which he loved so much."
A report is being prepared for the coroner, and local police have commenced inquiries.
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