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Donations being collected for bronc riders funeral expenses

Shelly Womack

A rodeo participant died Saturday night at the West Texas Fair and Rodeo after being thrown from his horse.

26-year-old Skee Burkes was bucked off during the ranch bronc riding event. Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Expo Center Rochelle Johnson, expressed her condolences to Skee's family and friends,

"Just happened on an animal that is somewhat wild, and so precautions with that are limited. It’s kind of what happens with these. It can happen in these kinds of events, unfortunately. We pray for this young man’s family.”

Skee Burke's memorial will be held on September 17th at Henrietta Cowboy Church. West Texas Fair and Rodeo and Expo Center Board of Directors announced plans to help with Burkes’ funeral costs and invited the public to contribute to a fundraiser on their website.