Bull riding, barrel racing event to benefit bull rider
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Local bull rider Cody Brook sustained serious injuries to his face in early March at a rodeo in Troy, Ala.
Next weekend, a benefit bull riding and barrel racing event, Bucking for Brook, will be held at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the event will help pay Brook’s medical bills.
Bucking for Brook is organized by IXL Christian Bulls & Barrels. IXL Cowboy Church is an outreach program of Benton Baptist Church in Benton, Ala.
The event will be May 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $12 for adults and $6 for kids 7 to 12. Kids 6 and under will be admitted free.
Brook was riding a bull when “they head butted each other,” said his stepdad, Luis Dutra. Dutra “flanks” the bulls, tying on the flank strap before they are ridden, so he was nearby when the accident happened. Brook happened to be riding one of Dutra’s bulls and it hadn’t been ridden before, he said.
“When he fell off, he was 10 feet in front of me."
“He was literally lifeless,” Dutra said. “That was the first big hit he’s taken. That was scary,” he said.
Dutra said when he ran to Brook he told him he was going to be going to the hospital with him. “He said, ‘No, send Momma. You just keep bucking bulls.’”
“He’s something else,” said Dutra. He said when he told Brook about that later, his son didn’t remember saying that.
Brook now has a metal plate and screws in his face, and his teeth were seriously damaged. They were pushed up into his gums, and the impact crushed his sinus cavity.
In addition to the bull riding and barrel racing, “We’ll probably have some sheep out there for the kids,” Dutra said.
There will be both men’s and women’s bull riding, and there will be a fireworks show at the end of the night.
For more information, contact Dutra at 404-597-3690 or Jimmy Boswell at 334-525-0436.