Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
( Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Horses and cowboys are reflected in a trailer prior to the start of the Days of '47 Rodeo at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Tuesday July 23, 2013.
Rodeo: Bull rider Tag Elliott bucks his injuries
Days of ‘47 Rodeo » Elliott completes go-round at site of collision that nearly killed him 6 years ago.
First Published Jul 23 2013 10:26 pm • Last Updated Dec 07 2013 11:35 pm

Bull rider Tag Elliott returned to EnergySolutions Arena on Tuesday night for the first time since a near-fatal accident in 2007.

Elliott, who is from Thatcher, Utah, was one of only two contestants to complete their eight-second ride during the fourth performance of the Days of ’47 Rodeo.

At a glance

If you go

O What » Days of ’47 Rodeo

Where » EnergySolutions Arena

When » Wednesday

Time » 6:30 p.m.

Tickets » ESA box office, Smith’s Tix

INSIDE » Tuesday’s results on Page D6.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Although his score of 73 won’t be good enough to cash a check, Elliott’s effort underscores the remarkable comeback he has made since suffering a gruesome head-to-horn accident six years ago at the Days of ’47.

For Elliott, returning to EnergySolutions was not a big deal.

"I don’t remember anything about the night I got hurt," he said, "so it’s just like any other place, really. Everybody is telling me this is where it happened. But if they wouldn’t have told me, I don’t think I would have known."

Elliott was two days shy of his 19th birthday when he drew a bull named Werewolf at the 2007 Days of ’47 Rodeo.

After the accident, Elliott was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent 10 hours of surgery. Many other operations and procedures related to his injuries followed during his amazing recovery.

Elliott was sidelined from rodeo for 20 months, but he never considered quitting.

Last year, he finished 15th in the world and qualified for his first National Finals Rodeo, where he placed in two rounds.

"It was cool," Elliott said. "I didn’t have as good a [rodeo] as I was hoping to have. But it was a good experience and, hopefully, I can get lucky and make it back there."


story continues below
story continues below

Elliott currently ranks 24th in the world with season earnings of $29,912. Since only the top 15 on the money list qualify, he has some work to do to punch his return ticket to Las Vegas.

Earlier this season, he won rodeos at Fort Mohave, Ariz., and West Jordan, Utah.

"The winter was pretty good," said Elliott, "but lately it’s been pretty off — pretty slow. I hope I can pick things back up."

As far as his return to EnergySolutions Arena, Elliott looked on the bright side, which is an attitude that has served him well over the years.

"This," he said, "is the first time at this rodeo I’ve ever stayed on."

luhm@sltrib.com

Twitter: @sluhm



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.