OCSO investigating barrel racer death

The fence shown in the photo was not up at the time of the incident.
The fence shown in the photo was not up at the time of the incident.(Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office)
Published: Jan. 8, 2023 at 2:37 PM CST
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OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a barrel racer from out of state who competed at the Baker Rodeo on Saturday.

OCSO reports that the rider was thrown from her horse, suffering a fatal injury. Officials said the incident took place just after 1 p.m. Saturday at the Baker Area Community Center off Highway 4.

Deputies said initial indications are the 56-year-old woman was leaving the area down an exit ramp when her galloping horse suddenly moved, causing the rider to strike a pole.

The woman later died of her injuries at her local hospital.