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12-year-old Chester girl dies in SC rodeo accident

May 29, 2011 2:29:00 PM - thestate.com
Authorities say a 12-year-old girl has died a day after a horse fell on her during a rodeo.

Anderson County Chief Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman said Lauren Mackenzie Mathias from Chester died Saturday from head trauma at a Greenville hospital.

Investigators say the girl was riding the horse Friday outside an arena where the South Carolina High School Rodeo Association's state finals were taking place when the horse bucked, fell over and landed on her.

Rodeo Director Monte Beasley told the Anderson Independent-Mail that organizers were shocked because the horse was considered "dead broke" - an animal so trained it isn't expected to buck anyone.

Beasley says the girl was new to rodeo, but wasn't an inexperienced horse rider.

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