I’ve searched for news on the PBR website about Pete Farley’s serious injury, and didn’t come up with anything. Dustin Elliott has been posting updates on Facebook:
Please keep Pete Farley in your thoughts and prayers. All I know at this point is he was injured while practicing back home in Australia. He was induced into a coma on Monday. Came out of it today and responded with nods and hand gestures. You’re in my thoughts and prayers Pete, get better soon.
I talked to Pete’s sister-in-law just a little bit ago. Sounds like a real similar accident as McKennon Wimberly’s last year where he was hit once and his helmet flew off and was hit multiple times unprotected. He is awake and responding and doc says he should be ok but time will tell.
This is the update on Pete Farley from his sister-in-law’s page: “The tubes are OUT!!! Pete’s getting there. He hasn’t spoke yet but look out when he does, he’s got 5 days worth of being a smart ass to catch up on!!! Glad I’m not his nurse….”
I’m sure we’d all like to hear some official statement acknowledging that Pete’s injury is as serious as McKennon Wimberley’s, that the PBR sends its best wishes to him and his family, and that the Rider Relief Fund will help with the hospital bills. But apparently if a rider isn’t in the Top 20, he’s not news. What about the fabled “cowboy code?” Somebody needs to get on the stick!
In the meantime, bull riding fans, BRING THE NOISE to the PBR website, Twitter, Facebook, and every other outlet you can think of, demanding news about Pete.
This is all the PBR had to say about Pete Farley in their newsletter. Could they spare it?
PETE FARLEY (35): Farley, who is recovering from a practice-pen injury in Australia, started off 2011 with back-to-back Touring Pro Division event wins in Denver and Pueblo, Colo., in January, and then picked up a third lower-level win in Winston-Salem, N.C. “He’s capable,” Lambert said, “but he takes a mentality that he’d rather win a go-round then an event. He tries hard, and it’s not lack of effort. It’s hard to explain, but if you’re going to be 89 points and you try to milk 93 points out of that ride – that’s foolish and greedy. And you get paid accordingly.” He finished 12th at the World Finals, where he recorded fourth-place finish in Round 4.