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Stockyards Rodeo Remembers Flag Girl



    (Published Friday, Sept. 6, 2013)

    The Fort Worth Stockyards Championship Rodeo paid tribute to one of its own Friday night.

    Bailey Gasch, 21, died Aug. 30 following a fall from her horse. The Tarleton State University student died six days after sustaining a serious head injury while training in Palo Pinto County.

    Gasch served as a flag girl at the rodeo this summer, proudly carrying the American flag during the opening ceremony for the weekly Stockyards staple.

    On Friday night, her colleagues honored her memory with a moment of silence and by shining a spotlight on a riderless horse was led out into the arena.

    "I really hope that people get the impact, the totality of it, you know, when you lose a loved one," said Dee Dee Barker Wix, rodeo director of operations for the rodeo. "And I know that sounds ridiculous, but sometimes you send them out the door in a hurry and you don't think about the fact that may be it."

    Funeral services for Gasch will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Cooper High School Gymnasium in Cooper.