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07.29.2011
Ardie Maier, from Timber Lake, S.D., was released from Cheyenne Regional Medical Center

 CHEYENNE, Wyo. ---July 29, 2011 --- Ardie Maier, from Timber Lake, S.D., was released from Cheyenne Regional Medical Center yesterday after being admitted for injuries he sustained at the Championship Bull Riding Cinch Tour event here July 26.
Maier has two transverse process fractures in his lumbar spine, broken ribs and a bruised lung. The injury happened in the final round of competition. He was riding the bull named Luca Brasi owned by Brad Vogele. Maier came off shortly after the bull left the chute and landed on the ground. The bull was still bucking and came down with both back feet on Maiers back. Justin Sportsmedicine personnel were immediately on the scene.
I thought Id ripped my insides open, Maier said. It felt like someone was stabbing me. Im just thankful it wasnt as bad as it could have been.
A full recovery is expected and Maier is hopeful he will be back in the rodeo arena in September at the Justin Boots Playoffs in Puyallup, Wash. At the time of his injury he was fourth in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Wrangler Tour Standings. The top 24 contestants in the tour standings will qualify for the Playoffs.
Maier competed at the first two performances of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo here earlier. He had a 73-point ride in the first round, but didnt have a qualified ride in the second round so will not qualify for the finals.


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