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Miss Amerititle, one of ProRodeo’s top bareback horses, was humanely euthanized Saturday after suffering a fractured left hind foot following an accident at the Omak (WA) Stampede.

According to Don Hutsell, co-owner of Flying Five Rodeo Company and Big Bend Rodeo Company, the 8-year-old mare slipped prior to being loaded into the chutes for Saturday’s performance and her leg went through a gate. The fracture then occurred when she attempted to free herself.

“It was just a freak accident, and it makes you sick,” Hutsell said. “There was no way to save her, and if there was a way, we would have done it.”

The horse, which finished third in PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year voting in 2007, was buried the next day at the Hutsell ranch in Ritzville, Wash., next to Big Bend bull Dog Face.

Miss Amerititle produced a pair of 85-point rides in her last trips – Chris Harris in the final round of the Reno (NV) Rodeo, and Ben Londo at the Molalla (OR) Buckeroo. Earlier this year, Miss Amerititle helped Jessy Davis of Payson, UT, to an arena-record 92-point ride in the final round of the San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo, then teamed with Canadian Dusty LaValley for 89 points and a second-place finish at RodeoHouston’s Shootout Round.

The horse, who weighed 1,250 pounds and measured 15.2 hands, made her ProRodeo debut in 2005, at the age of 5, and she quickly made her presence known at rodeos contracted by the Big Bend and Flying Five outfits.

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At the 2006 Reno Rodeo, she was underneath two cowboys who won round titles – Kyle Bowers in the second round and Andy Martinez in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round. Later that year, Miss Amerititle earned the first of two trips to the Wrangler NFR.

“I’ve seen it happen before, but it always seems like it happens to the best ones,” Hutsell said. “You don’t get ones like her very often. All we can do is move on and hope we get another like her.”

Miss Amerititle, one of ProRodeo’s top bareback horses, was humanely euthanized Saturday after suffering a fractured left hind foot following an accident at the Omak (WA) Stampede.

According to Don Hutsell, co-owner of Flying Five Rodeo Company and Big Bend Rodeo Company, the 8-year-old mare slipped prior to being loaded into the chutes for Saturday’s performance and her leg went through a gate. The fracture then occurred when she attempted to free herself.

“It was just a freak accident, and it makes you sick,” Hutsell said. “There was no way to save her, and if there was a way, we would have done it.”

The horse, which finished third in PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year voting in 2007, was buried the next day at the Hutsell ranch in Ritzville, Wash., next to Big Bend bull Dog Face.

Miss Amerititle produced a pair of 85-point rides in her last trips – Chris Harris in the final round of the Reno (NV) Rodeo, and Ben Londo at the Molalla (OR) Buckeroo. Earlier this year, Miss Amerititle helped Jessy Davis of Payson, UT, to an arena-record 92-point ride in the final round of the San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo, then teamed with Canadian Dusty LaValley for 89 points and a second-place finish at RodeoHouston’s Shootout Round.

The horse, who weighed 1,250 pounds and measured 15.2 hands, made her ProRodeo debut in 2005, at the age of 5, and she quickly made her presence known at rodeos contracted by the Big Bend and Flying Five outfits.

At the 2006 Reno Rodeo, she was underneath two cowboys who won round titles – Kyle Bowers in the second round and Andy Martinez in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round. Later that year, Miss Amerititle earned the first of two trips to the Wrangler NFR.

“I’ve seen it happen before, but it always seems like it happens to the best ones,” Hutsell said. “You don’t get ones like her very often. All we can do is move on and hope we get another like her.”

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