Billy Love, of Allentown, Pa., was flown to a trauma center in serious condition Sunday afternoon after a bull stepped on his face at the first rodeo the Harford County Farm Fair in eight years.
The bull stepped on Love's face and neck, rodeo owner Matt Schock said.
The rider was injured at about 3:06 p.m. and was in serious condition, according to the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association. He was flown to the hospital by a Maryland State Police Medevac.
Love was in fair condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore as of Monday afternoon, spokeswoman Cindy Rivers said.
Schock said Love was conscious and walked off the track following the accident. He did not know Love's age.
He noted 3S Bucking Bulls rodeo, which he has run for 10 years out of York, Pa., has experienced other injuries, but "it's pretty rare" for someone to be flown out by helicopter.
"They don't call it the world's most dangerous sport for nothing," Schock said with a smile about rodeo.
The rodeo announcer urged the large crowd to give the rider a hand as the helicopter left the fairgrounds.
"That's one thing about this sport, there's no scripts," the announcer said. "It's not every day you see a cowboy get taken out on a helicopter."