Steer wrestler Garrett Nokes flown by helicopter to have surgery after getting kicked in head by horse
Garrett Nokes, a 2005 qualifier to the Wrangler NFR in steer wrestling and rodeo coach at Mid-Plains Community College, was hospitalized after a horse accident the school's practice facility on Wednesday.
"As most of you know, Garrett got kicked in the head by a horse yesterday afternoon, he was flown by helicopter to Kearney, Nebraska and had surgery to relieve the pressure and fix the skull fracture," his wife Laura wrote on Facebook. "He is in the ICU in Kearney and doing amazingly well. That's the good news."
Nokes is a talented all-around cowboy who has competed at the professional level in tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping. In six years, he has built the Mid-Plains Rodeo program from a club team to a Great Plains Region competitor alongside roughstock coach Dustin Elliott.