The image of an athlete

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Inside the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, there’s a beautiful display of the reigning world champions, filled with biographies of each contestant and, in some instances, other memorabilia.

Filled with the 2010 titlists – it has yet to be updated with the recent winners – the one thing that caught my eye was a beautiful photograph that accompanied the display for Dean Gorsuch, the two-time world champion steer wrestler from Gering, Neb. The image is of Gorsuch’s great bulldogging horse, Pump Jack, running riderless down an outdoors arena after Gorsuch had dismounted the beautiful white horse to grapple the steer.

It’s poignant in that Pump Jack died Jan. 5, 2012, after suffering an injury during a practice run. The horse suffered a shattered pastern bone and had to be euthanized. The photograph was simply a wonderful tribute to one of the best athletes in the sport, and I’m glad the photograph is part of ProRodeo’s shrine.


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