WACO – A woman is dead after a barrel racing event goes terribly wrong during the 25th Annual American Novice Horse Association Shoot Out at the Heart of Texas Fair Grounds in Waco on Sunday.
People were shocked and saddened by the news of a horsewoman’s death during the three-day barrel racing and poles competition.
The competition took a tragic turn in an instant when Jeanine McMinn, 62, of Magnolia, was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center after the freak accident, but doctors there weren’t able to save her.
“There was an accident that occurred when a horse struck a lady during the barrel race Sunday,” said West Allison, President and CEO of Extraco Event Center.
Witnesses to the accident said a horse was being led through a pen when it was somehow spooked, bolted from its lead and trampled McMinn.
Event personnel say nothing like this has happened at the Extraco Center before.
“It’s part of showing horses,” Allison said. “Not here; but I’m sure it’s happened elsewhere.”
The Waco police department is calling this an accident and says they won’t investigate any further. However, Extraco officials say they are conducting their own investigation to find out what may have caused the deadly accident.
Later that night, McMinn’s daughter, Tiffani Wooten ran a barrel race in her mother’s memory with the support of the entire crowd. In a Facebook post, Wooten said her mother died doing what she loved.
McMinn’s services are at 1 p.m. Thursday at Magnolia Funeral Home, in Magnolia, with visitation scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Watch Wooten’s tribute to McMinn.