OSU Community Mourns Loss Of 20-Year-Old Rodeo Team Member


Monday, September 21st 2020, 4:33 pm
By: Hunter McKee


The Oklahoma State Cowboy community is mourning the loss of one of its own. A member of their rodeo team died while competing in an event. 

Rowdy Swanson, 20, was competing Thursday night in Mineral Wells, Texas, when officials said he was bucked off a bull and later died from his injuries.

“What a tragedy to cut such a promising life short and we don't understand these things,” said Dale Yerigan with the International Pro Rodeo Association.

Swanson was from Duncan, Oklahoma, and was a member of the OSU rodeo team. He participated in the Palo Pinto County Livestock Association's Rodeo when the accident occurred. Yerigan said the accident is uncommon.

“These things are really rare for something this severe to happen,” said Yerigan. “We live with the danger every day.”

It's uncertain how the accident occurred or what type of injuries Swanson suffered.

“He did land sort of awkwardly on his head and shoulder but nothing really strange or unusual,” said Yerigan.

In a statement, the Palo Pinto County Livestock Association said the following:

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rowdy Swanson following injuries sustained…
"The entire Rodeo Committee and our rodeo family extend our heartfelt condolences…"

“Rodeo is a close-knit kind of family dynamic but it really is a stark reminder of how quick life can change and be taken from us,” said Yerigan.

Swanson was studying animal science at OSU. 

His coach, Cody Hollingsworth, said in part:

"...He was a big part of our rodeo family and he will be missed immensely. Our thoughts are with the Swanson family at this time."

Swanson's funeral is set for Wednesday.