MINOT, N.D. — A rodeo group must compensate a woman injured when a bull jumped three fences and charged into a bathroom where she was waiting out the competition, a judge has ruled.
The indoor rodeo arena's 5 1/2-foot-high restraining fences should have been higher to contain the bull, even though he "performed a routine that even an Olympic steeplechase horse" would have trouble duplicating, said District Judge Jon Kerian.
The incident occurred in July 1985. The bull, after throwing its rider and chasing a rodeo clown out of the ring, went over the fences and down a hall before bursting into the bathroom, according to testimony.
The animal pinned Barbara Deck against a wall, injuring her left shoulder and arm, and kicked out a bathroom sink before the woman was rescued by cowboys, said her attorney, David Hogue.