Chase Bishop, a 19-year-old bull rider from Joshua, died after he was severely injured from a bull riding accident in Stephenville on Friday, Jan. 24.
Bishop’s brother Steven, 20, told WFAA, “If you knew him [Chase], it was God, bulls and the ranch.”
Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates told the E-T that his department did not respond to the accident but understands Bishop was killed at a practice arena in Erath County after he was bucked off a bull and stepped on.
Bishop was airlifted to a hospital in Fort Worth, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and died the next day. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has not yet listed a cause of death.
“Bull riding, it's not if you're going to get hurt, it’s when and how bad," Steven told WFAA. "He'd been hurt before and he just stepped up and jumped up and kept going."
Steven told WFAA his family believed Bishop was destined for world championships and that his brother loved everything about bull riding.
"Cowboy code is [to] stand back up, and it was hard to stand up this morning," he told WFAA. "He got his call at the world finals at the pearly gates.”