A load of old bull: daredevil jockey Chad Ormsby breaks his leg in rodeo mishap

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Chad Ormsby: faces at least six weeks on sidelines after unlucky break at rodeo. Photo: Trish Dunell

By NZ Racing Desk

New Zealand: Riding horses may be a hazardous occupation but perhaps not quite as hazardous as riding bulls – and it is the latter that left G1-winning jockey Chad Ormsby with a broken leg over the weekend.

Ormsby, who has ten winners to his name in 2020-21, makes his living riding horses but bulls are his passion, which is why he went north to compete in a rodeo near Whangarei over the weekend.

The trip landed him in Waikato hospital for surgery on his leg and a likely six-week spell on the sidelines. “It is a bit unfortunate, but it is the game we play,” said Ormsby.  

“The way it was broken was a bit unlucky. In the chute we come out of on the bull, instead of coming out right through the middle of the gate, the gate opened too fast and he ran into the post with my leg in between him and the post. Only one thing was going to give there and that was my leg.”

Ormsby said he heard a crack on impact with the post, and soon realised the sound had come from his leg.

“If the bull hits the post you can get a re-ride,” he said. “But by the time I hit the ground I realised the crack wasn’t just the post, it was my leg.

“I got myself to hospital and the x-ray showed I have broken my leg in the exact same place before. I travelled to Waikato hospital on Sunday and had surgery to put a pin in it.

“I haven’t had an update yet, but going from last time it  is anywhere between six to ten weeks. If things go well, hopefully we are at the six-week mark.”

While it is the peak of the rodeo circuit, Ormsby is also busy with his day job running Riverrock Farm and he is hoping to get discharged from hospital in order to watch over his team at the Matamata trials on Tuesday.

“I am hoping to get discharged tonight [Monday], because we have a bunch of horses trialling tomorrow and I would like to watch them go around, including Moana,” he said, referring to the filly who is set for the G1 Levin Classic at Trentham on Saturday.

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