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Veteran steer wrestler Clarkson dies in South Dakota road accident

Steer wrestler Garrett Clarkson died June 25 in a one-vehicle crash about 25 miles north of Belle Fourche, SD – just five days after he had earned a share of his first PRCA rodeo title.

Clarkson, 35, was on his way home to Ludlow, SD, at the time of the accident on U.S. Hwy. 85. He died at the scene.

The report issued by the South Dakota Highway Patrol indicated that Clarkson’s Ford F-350 pickup truck collided with a guardrail and then flipped over the west side of a bridge, landing on its top.

A PRCA member since 2000 who primarily competed in South Dakota-area rodeos, Clarkson was off to the best start of his career this season.

He tied for fourth place in the first round of the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo in Rapid City, SD, Feb. 4-6, and shared first place in the June 16-20 Wild West Days Rodeo in Sturgis, SD.

Clarkson’s 3.9-second run in Sturgis tied him with Seth Murphy and paid $658. The win had moved Clarkson into fifth place in the Badlands Circuit steer wrestling standings.

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He was scheduled to compete at the Roughrider Days Rodeo in Dickinson, ND, June 26 – just two hours north of his home – and was entered in four rodeos during the Fourth of July week.

Steer wrestler Garrett Clarkson died June 25 in a one-vehicle crash about 25 miles north of Belle Fourche, SD – just five days after he had earned a share of his first PRCA rodeo title.

Clarkson, 35, was on his way home to Ludlow, SD, at the time of the accident on U.S. Hwy. 85. He died at the scene.

The report issued by the South Dakota Highway Patrol indicated that Clarkson’s Ford F-350 pickup truck collided with a guardrail and then flipped over the west side of a bridge, landing on its top.

A PRCA member since 2000 who primarily competed in South Dakota-area rodeos, Clarkson was off to the best start of his career this season.

He tied for fourth place in the first round of the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo in Rapid City, SD, Feb. 4-6, and shared first place in the June 16-20 Wild West Days Rodeo in Sturgis, SD.

Clarkson’s 3.9-second run in Sturgis tied him with Seth Murphy and paid $658. The win had moved Clarkson into fifth place in the Badlands Circuit steer wrestling standings.

He was scheduled to compete at the Roughrider Days Rodeo in Dickinson, ND, June 26 – just two hours north of his home – and was entered in four rodeos during the Fourth of July week.

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