Word spread throughout the professional rodeo and bull riding would that young Canadian bull riding superstar Ty Pozzobon passed away earlier this week just outside of his hometown of Merrit, BC. Many details were not known early on but now his family is speaking out regarding the impact of concussions that are sustained within the sport of professional bull riding. Pozzobon’s family said that he had been having some depression issues as of late but no one knew how deep those issues were until late last week.
In the past couple of days, his family has been speaking out about the severity of brain damage and concussions in the sport and has vowed to do what they can for research to raise awareness to the problem. After family members found Ty Pozzobon inside of his home it was ruled that he had passed away from an apparent suicide and immediately began preparations to raise awareness for the cause that they believed was the reason his life was taken far too early.
Like I said earlier, this tragedy was a shock to everyone and goes to show that there may be many other things going on inside one’s mind that we may never know. Funeral arrangements have been made and Ty Pozzobon will be laid to rest tomorrow afternoon at 1 P.M. in his home town of Merritt, BC. This is a tragedy for all those involved in the sports of professional rodeo and bull riding but now is the time for all of us to show our love and support for the entire Pozzobon family. The Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series stop in Chicago will begin with a tribute and moment of silence as the action begins inside of the Allstate Arena later tonight. We will all grieve with the Pozzobon family but let us also reach out to those in need so this may not have to happen again.
The western lifestyle world is a close-knit family and can be relied on no matter where we go and what country we are in. We all have lost way too many people that are close to us, whether it be in the rodeo family or not, so we need to take notice of those in need and reach out our hands and hearts to support those folks that feel like they have reached the end of the line. That being said, I would ask that you all take a moment and say a little prayer while lighting a candle for those lost to this horrible circumstance.
All of us here at the Rodeo Round Up are saddened to hear about the loss of this great bull rider, Ty Pozzobon but will take away from this tragedy knowing we all have to be more mindful of those needing help around us. Trust me when I say this, even though you might think there is no hope left for you there is always someone that you can reach out to. Everyone goes through hard times and feels like they can not take anymore but there are resources for each and every one of us in our times of need.
I have posted the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number above so it can be shared across the country for those that may be in need. I strongly urge each and every one of you to make this contact in your cell phones so you always have it with you no matter where you are in your travels. It may be needed at a rodeo arena, in a hotel, on the side of the road or even in your own homes so please save the number and save someone else’s life while doing what you can to reach out to those in need.
Going forward I am sure that many research opportunities and studies will begin as the Pozzobon family begin to move forward from his death. They have vowed to spearhead these opportunities so that others can get the help they need in the future. Stay up to date on everything regarding the concussion and depression related studies that will begin following Ty Pozzobon’s death right here at TheRodeoRoundUp.com or by following us on any of our social media platforms as well.
Thank you and God Bless each and every one of you,
The Rodeo Round Up team