LAS VEGAS - Bull rider Reid Barker, a two-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (2014, 2015) will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2015 WNFR because of a fractured left shoulder blade and a fractured rib he suffered during Round 3 Dec. 5.
“I’m a no-go, I’m out,” said Barker, 23, who has a sling around his left arm. “I can’t move my arm. I’m pretty frustrated. I worked my butt off all year long to get here, and I wish things would’ve gone my way a little more (at the WNFR).”
Barker, 23, suffered the injuries following his 74-point ride on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Lonestar in Round 3. Moments after the whistle, Barker was stepped on by the bull and suffered the shoulder blade and rib injury. Barker finished third in the round and won $15,654.
“The whistle rang, and I just kind of let go, and I couldn’t jump off and get away from him because I was already underneath him,” Barker said. “I landed on the back of my neck and I rolled over to get up and the next thing I knew I was being stomped into the ground. Then, I couldn’t move so I rolled over to my right side and laid there until they pulled me out. I knew something was pretty wrong.”
Barker thought he might be out of action for up to six weeks with the injuries.
“Physically there’s no way he can make the moves because all the major muscles from your shoulder and back are attached to your shoulder blade, so obviously the function would not be there,” said Rick Foster, Program Director of the Justin Sports Medicine team.
According to Foster, Barker was taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas Saturday night (Dec. 5) where he was treated and released. Foster said Barker had no paralysis.
“X-rays of his spine and neck were all clean,” Foster said.
Through Round 3 at the WNFR, Barker was 10th in the world standings with $89,501. A year ago, Barker finished 14th in the world. Barker’s Round 3 check was the first time in his career he won a check during a WNFR round.