Ponoka Stampede: Woman Killed by Horses

A 30-year-old woman died after falling from a horse at the Ponoka Stampede on Sunday.

Police told CTV News Edmonton the woman was trampled by multiple horses after being thrown from her horse around 7:10 p.m.

Occupational Health and Safety confirmed that the victim was a volunteer.

The Ponoka Stampede remains silent on death.

« During our opening practice last night, we had an incident with one of the wranglers, » chairman Jason Cline said Monday.

“We are going through all the procedures now to see if there is anything. Something we’ve been doing for the past 50 years. So when you have horses and animals of all types, sometimes an accident happens and that’s really all I can say at the moment.

The OHS is currently investigating. A verbal stop work order has been issued for the « wild horse » segment of the grandstand ceremonies.

The Ponoka Stampede is scheduled to start on Monday.

Cline said something would be done to honor the rider, but didn’t elaborate on any further plans.


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