DAYTON -The grand marshal of the Dayton Rodeo parade was injured when he fell from the buggy that was carrying him Monday morning.
Allen Porter, 94, of Dayton, who helped found the Dayton Rodeo 75 years ago, received injuries to his back and neck when he fell from the horse-drawn buggy he was riding in at the start of the parade shortly after 10 a.m., Porter's granddaughter, Annette Kahler, of Buffalo Center, said.
Kahler said the horses leading the buggy were not cooperating, and when they were brought under control and proceeded to move forward, Porter was flipped from the seat of the wagon.
First responders were able to quickly come to Porter's aid, Dayton Police Chief Nick Dunbar said.
"The ambulance crew was lined up right behind him for the parade," said Dunbar.
Porter was taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center by Dayton Rescue, where he was admitted and treated for a broken collar bone and a cracked bone in his neck.
Shannon McQuillen, a spokeswoman for Trinity Regional Medical Center, said Porter remained at TRMC in stable condition Tuesday afternoon.
"They'll probably be keeping him in the hospital for a couple more days," said Kahler. "He's really doing well, just experiencing some pain. He wants to recover at home and will have a friend stay with him. He says he'll be at the rodeo next year."