A CSC cowgirl was without her horses for this past weekend’s CSC Rodeo at Dawes County Fairgrounds.
At 5:03 a.m., Tuesday, September 11, just three days prior to CSC’s home-opening rodeo, the Nebraska State Patrol responded to an accident involving a pickup truck which struck and killed four horses while traveling in the northbound lane of Highway 385, approximately 10 miles north of Chadron.
According to the State Patrol, all four horses were pronounced deceased at the scene.
Woody, a 19-year old Appaloosa, and three Quarter horses, Hollywood, 12, Lena, 15, and Pearl, 9, belonged to siblings Shania, Charmane and Logan Macomber, of Arthur.
According to Charmane, the Macomber family was boarding the horses north of Chadron while she and sister Shania attend CSC. Shania, a barrel racer who also competes in breakaway and goat tying, transferred to Chadron State this fall from Mid-Plains Community College to join the Eagles’ rodeo team.
The four Macomber horses managed to escape their pen and were standing on the highway when, Charmane said, they were struck by a half-ton pickup. She also said two other horses not belonging to the Macomber family had also exited the pen but were not involved in the accident.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol, driver of the pickup Roger Scofield, 63, of South Dakota, was wearing his seatbelt and was uninjured.
According to the family, Woody and Hollywood were expected to be used in competition by Shania this season, while Lena and Pearl were upcoming athletes and in Chadron for practice.
Despite the accident, Shania was able to compete on a borrowed horse at this past weekend’s rodeo. The donor of the horse did not wish to be identified at this time.
The family says the horses were buried on their property in Arthur, Tuesday, on a hill that overlooks their valley.