Oshkosh, Nebraska – On June 21, a professional rodeo cowboy was killed by lightning that struck him while he was riding his horse, Dose. According to Cowboy State Daily, the strike killed 27-year-old Terrel Vineyard and his horse.
Vineyard, a professional calf and team roper, leaves behind his wife, Stacey, and their three daughters. On Facebook, Stacey wrote:
We were perfect for one another. You showed me love, you adored me and made me feel like the most beautiful woman. You believed in me and supported me. You were always so proud of the girls and I.
A GoFundMe account set up for Vineyard’s family reads:
Terrel was great at making friends. Anywhere he was. He maintained his first friendships and made a million more along the way. He had success in the arena, but he was most proud of the friendships he made. To know Terrel was to love Terrel.
Vineyard started riding when he was a child and according to the fundraiser, he learned to rope when he was just six years of age. He qualified three times for the World Series of Team Roping in Las Vegas.
According to the National Weather Service, approximately 10 percent of people struck by lightning are killed. A lightning strike can cause a fatal arrhythmia or respiratory failure.
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