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HOUSTON A star cowboy who took top honors at the 2012 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is in intensive care after being injured in a bull riding accident, according to the Professional Cowboy s Rodeo Association.

Beau Schroeder, of China, Texas, was airlifted to the hospital after getting into the accident at the Fort Mohave Classic Xtreme Bulls event on March 24.

The accident left Schroeder with two collapsed lungs and a torn trachea. Schroeder received a tracheotomy and will be unable to speak for at least six weeks. He has been texting family and friends from the ICU, according to the website.

Schroeder won the Wrangler Nationals Final Rodeo average in December and finished fourth in the 2012 world standings.

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