The country community lost an admired and loved bull rider today and it is absolutely heartbreaking.
It’s been a sad week for the country community after hearing about the death of a 25-year-old bull rider. Ty Pozzobon is a Merritt, British Columbia-based professional bull rider and was pronounced dead on Monday January 9th.
According to Kamloops This Week Pozzobon died suddenly and his death is “not considered to be suspicious and the investigation has been turned over to the BC Coroners Service.” Many are devastated at the loss and have no idea how something so tragic happened so soon.
PBR CEO Sean Gleason released a statement saying that Pozzobon was one of a kind and was loved by everyone.
“Ty Pozzobon was a cowboy through and through and loved being a professional bull rider,” PBR CEO Sean Gleason said in a statement. “His infectious personality and enthusiasm for doing what he loved touched so many of us, and we will remember him always.”
He wasn’t the only one speaking of Ty either. Pozzobon’s family released a statement on Tuesday evening, just one day after his death. His mother opened up about the danger of concussions and how serious they truly are.
“It’s important that people know about the implications of head injuries as a result of concussions,”
PBR’s website shared that Ty’s most recent professional ride in the states was on November 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals. He also placed fourth at the event. He was ranked 23rd this season on the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) circuit and he had 14 career top 10 finishes. He also had career earnings of more than $250,000.
Steven Puhallo, the president of the Farm Kids Fund also released a statement about Ty saying that he had one of the biggest hearts. Ty was always willing to help others, especially the younger generation, which was such a great quality for a professional like him to have.
“Ty was the type of guy who would stop and take 10 or 15 minutes to help a young, new guy, whatever his level of competition,” Puhallo said. “When you’re around the ranching and rodeo communities, you always feel like you’ve known everyone your whole life. It’s a pretty big vacancy in a lot of peoples’ hearts.”
We are absolutely heartbroken for all of those in the riding community and are praying for Ty’s family during this devastating time.
RIP TY POZZOBON