Working cowboy Travis Redl has been moved from the intensive care unit of the University Hospital in Edmonton to a semi-private room where he is slowly recuperating. Medical officials are considering flying the young cowboy to a B.C. hospital next week for his extended care.
Travis, competing under the River Ranch brand of Riske Creek, B.C., received massive head injuries when his saddle slipped in the Horse Catching Event on Day 2 of the Heritage Ranch Rodeo. The palomino began pitching and he bucked off, slamming his head into the upright supports of the corral panels.
His aunt, Heidi Redl, said in an interview that his memory is starting to recover; “When his friends visit him they’ll talk about horses and he clearly remembers them.” Due to the unpredicatable nature of head injuries, it is expected that his road to recovery will be a long one.
Travis, his wife Connie and their 3-month old baby girl, Willa-Lyn, live and work on the Redl Ranch near Williams Lake, B.C.
There is still no word yet if an official fund has been set up to help the young cowboy and his family through his recuperation.