Young children from a Bellaire elementary school witnessed a woman get trampled by a horse during the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo trail ride earlier today.
As the Los Vaqueros trail ride made its annual pilgrimage from Reynosa, Mexico, to the Houston rodeo, it made its usual stop at Condit Elementary School on South Rice Avenue. The students took photos and saw the horses, then sat on the side of the street as the riders made their way to the next elementary school a few miles down the block.
According to Bellaire Police Chief Byron Holloway, that's when things went horribly wrong. For "unknown reasons," the horses pulling one of the wagons toward the back of the procession bolted, careening into a woman on horseback up ahead and sending her toppling to the ground. When she fell, she was trampled by the horses as they ran by.
The accident was captured on video by KHOU. You can hear the schoolchildren shrieking in horror as they watch the gruesome incident unfold less than a dozen yards away.
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Holloway said that after the woman fell, the hitch connecting the horses to the wagon broke, and the wagon crashed into the back of a Houston Police Department patrol car that was escorting the trail ride. There were six children riding in the wagon, but Holloway said none were hurt.
The woman who was trampled was transported to a local hospital. Holloway said she was conscious and breathing, but may have sustained some broken bones.
According to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo website, the 386-mile Los Vaqueros trail ride is the longest of the event's 13 rides, which will convene in downtown Houston tomorrow for the annual rodeo parade.