Dawson Hay out after fracturing skull in July 3 wreck

Saddle bronc rider Dawson Hay is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks after a nasty wreck in Belle Fourche, South Dakota on July 3.

The official diagnosis is a fractured skull and subdural hematoma, which is a type of bleeding associated with traumatic brain injuries.

Hay was bucked off Powder River Rodeo’s Glass Heart and hit the dirt head first. He was stretchered out of the area and transported to a hospital in Spearfish, South Dakota.

“I’m not really sure what exactly happened, but I got kicked behind my right ear and it fractured my skull,” Hay said.

Hay provided further information and thanked fans for their support on Instagram, writing in a post, “Hey everyone, As lots of you know I was injured in competition a few days ago at the rodeo in Belle Fourche SD. I suffered a fractured skull, and a subdural hematoma. I would just like to thank everyone who reached out with their thoughts and prayers. I will be out of competition for the time being, but I look forward to being back on the trail soon!”

Hay is currently the No. 8 ranked saddle bronc rider in the world with $35,331.40 in 2020.