Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him

, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA

A Texas boy was crushed by a horse and killed while preparing for the finals at a Louisiana kids’ rodeo on Sunday.

Legend Williamson, 10, was in the warm-up pen at the Texas Region Junior High Rodeo in the city of DeRidder when the horse ‘reared up’ and fell on top of him, according to deputies.

Horses generally rear up, or stand on their hind legs, when they’re objecting to being restrained. A veterinarian determined that the horse, who also died, probably had a heart attack or a brain aneurysm. 

Williamson had already won second place and was preparing for the finals when the tragedy happened, his family said. He was rushed to the hospital and died of his injuries.

, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA

, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA

Williamson, 10, died when a horse fell on top of him at a kids’ rodeo in Louisiana on Sunday

, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA

, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA

The fifth grader, a rodeo aficionado, was preparing for the finals in the warm-up pen

‘As I was crying out to God to save my son, and I was begging him not to take my son, I knew Legend was going to lead thousands of people to Christ,’ his mother Raegan told KYTX in Texas. ‘That was his mission in life.’ 

Williamson was a rodeo aficionado. A week before his death, he opened his first bank account with the help of his parents to deposit his rodeo winnings.

‘He did the goat-tying event, the calf-breakaway event and he was a header in the team roping event,’ his father Kelly told the station.

‘If he touches more people after death than he did before, then his life was worth it,’ he added. 

Williamson’s family lives in Lufkin, Texas. They had traveled two hours southeast to Sunday’s rodeo, which was held at the Beauregard Parish Covered Arena in DeRidder. 

‘Our rodeo family is hurting big time tonight. Lord hear our prayers.’ the Texas Junior High Rodeo Association wrote on its Facebook page Sunday. 

, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA

, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA

Williamson had already won second place at the Texas Region Junior High Rodeo in DeRidder

, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA
, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA

, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA

‘If he touches more people after death than he did before, then his life was worth it,’ his father Kelly, left, told a TV station. Williamson’s brother Maverick and mother Reagan sit beside Kelly

, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA

, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA

A week before his death, Williamson had opened a bank account to deposit his winnings

‘Wrap your arms around the Williamson family and Region 5 families Lord we know you have a plan for our lives and we believe in You.’

Condolences poured in from the rodeo community, with one woman asking people to donate to Williamson’s bank account at the Commercial Bank of Texas instead of sending flowers to the family.

‘We are heartbroken & paralyzed with unimaginable grief but we find peace knowing Legend is in the arms of Jesus,’ wrote Jessica Bridges in a post shared by the rodeo association. 

, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA

, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA

, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA

, Texas boy, 10, dies in ‘freak accident’ at rodeo after horse he was on reared up and fell on him, The Today News USA

Condolences after Williamson’s death poured in from the rodeo community

‘In Lieu of flowers & food you can donate to Legend’s account at CBTX.’ 

Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Sylvester Denmond called the incident a ‘freak accident’ in an interview with KPLC in Louisiana.

Williamson was in fifth grade at Lufkin LEAD Academy and was a member of Harmony Hill Baptist Church, according to his obituary

He was survived by his parents and his siblings Maverick Ray and Tatum Liles.

A funeral will be held Friday at 2pm at the United Pentecostal Campground Tabernacle in Lufkin.