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Sara Hertwig
Pueblo’s Casey Colletti settles in on his horse for the bareback riding event at the El Pinal Rodeo Grounds on Saturday. Colletti won the event with a score of 81.
Bucking the fear and insecurity

EVERGREEN — To Casey Colletti, family and rodeo has been everything. Five years ago, it was almost taken away from him.

A bareback rider out of Pueblo, 33-year-old Colletti had seen his fair share of injuries when, in 2014, he suffered partial paralysis in his left arm due to a spinal cord injury. His doctor told him he would never ride again. If he stepped off a curb wrong, it could result in much more widespread paralysis.

Miraculously, a year and a half later, he found himself back on the bucking horse, his arm fully and inexplicably healed.

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