Woman Gored By Bull at Berlin Fair, Airlifted to Hospital

The accident happened during the popular Xtreme Team Bull Rider competition Friday afternoon.


A woman was gored by a bull at the Berlin Fair Friday afternoon and had to be airlifted to Hartford Hospital.

The accident happened shortly after 4 p.m., during an event known as the Xtreme Team Bull Rider competition.

The victim was gored in the chest and was initially treated by EMS workers on scene but was taken by Life Star helicopter to the hospital. The woman's condition is unknown. 

Several other riders were hurt during the event and were treated on scene. One male bull rider was taken by ambulance to New Britain General Hospital.

Berlin Fair President Peter Hansen called the accident terrible and said it leaves a bad impression of the fair.

The bull riding competition bills itself as a world class event with "some of the toughest bulls on earth in three rounds of man vs beast."

It's not clear whether the event will continue. The Berlin Fair is open through Sunday.

Check back with Berlin Patch for additional details.

Lindsay Fanelli October 06, 2012 at 02:32 AM
The problem was they asked participants from the audience to pay 20 dollars to stand in a ring and see who could last the longest, unfortunately, I was one of them, and was standing next to the women who was hurt. She also payed to see if she could outlast everyone in the ring. The bull was very aggressive and next thing I knew I was thrown and the woman was bleeding.
Christine October 06, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Pay to stand in the ring? Seriously? That is insane. I don't recall this event in previous years-- is this new? All I can think is insurance premiums and lawsuit. And my kid wants to know if she was wearing red?
Michael Maxon October 06, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Yay, redneck white trash hicks mess with more animals and don't think anything bad is going to happen. Charla Nash 2.0.
Michael Maxon October 06, 2012 at 03:32 AM
What does wearing red have to do with anything? I know it's hard to believe, but bulls are colorblind... derp.
Renee R. October 06, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Pam October 06, 2012 at 08:32 AM
Anyone who would pay $ to stand in a bull riding ring to see who would last the longest is stupid. At no time should any nonprofessional be in the ring. I can't believe that fair officials would even allow this behavior. What were they thinking?????
Ronald J Merancy October 06, 2012 at 09:36 AM
1. I feel sorry for the woman and her family, terrible, just terrible! 2. Sorry, but what was she and all the others that paid 20.00 thinking? 3. To the organizers of this event, shame on you! how can you possibly think this in any shape or form was a good idea? poor judgement! Now you have to live with yourselves
Mat Bacon October 06, 2012 at 01:52 PM
So, Stamford resident Charla Nash is a redneck white trash hick? Ever been to Connecticut? Berlin residents are not, either-- I assume by redneck, you mean to project your bigotry on white country people-- country people have more experience with animals to do this.
Mike Pendergast October 06, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I cant wait to see who has the video of this?
Ginny W. October 06, 2012 at 06:18 PM
What a tragic accident!!! My prayers to all involved
Sharon Gonzalez October 06, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Don't blame the bull or the fair no one forced anyone into the ring .
WaterWalker1313 October 07, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Michael: The whole Charla Nash incident is TOTALLY different from this incident!Travis WAS a member of Sandy's family, and grew up around children w/o ever hurting anyone. It is amazing how people, such as yourself, who have very little info on a topic, will sit there and play armchair quarterback, w/o knowing enough to even carry on that conversation! What happended w/Charla and Travis was a tragic accident. He did NOT recognize her due to her having altered her appearance. Prior to that he had NO issues with her. Seriously, dude...do not sit there and play commentator on things you know little to nothing about. As for people PAYING to stand in front of a bull??? That is Insanity and NOT worth ANY amount of $. I'm sure that womans' hospital bills are going to FAR exceed whatever she may have been trying to win.
Joanne Temple October 08, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Mike Pendergast, NBC 30 & Channel 3 news both have good videos of this event -
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