Casey Dorenkamp

On July 21, 2020, Casey Dorenkamp, a hunting and fishing enthusiast,  was on a camping trip with his long-time rodeo buddies near Ten Sleep, WY.  The men were setting out on horseback to ride into the wilderness area to fish.  As Casey put his  foot in the stirrup, the horse started to buck. Within seconds, the horse kicked him, shattering the bones beneath Casey's knee.

He was initially hospitalized in Buffalo, WY and was then referred to the hospital in Sheridan, WY,  his family transported him to Denver, CO, where he underwent emergency surgery to stabilize his right leg.  He is now waiting for his skin to heal enough to safely undergo surgery to repair the shattered bones.  His next surgery is tentatively planned for mid-August.  His recovery time is estimated to be  at least 6 months.

Casey has insurance with a high deductible and an 80/20 copay.  The Dorenkamp family has to travel over 400 miles each week to the doctor in Denver for the initial surgery, checkups, his next surgery, and follow up care.  In addition, Casey will have need to have physical therapy. The Dorenkamps have been able to stay with family when Casey had his first surgery, but the trips to Denver are expensive.  Casey's medical bills will probably be well in excess of $30,000.

Casey is 55 years old.  He and his wife, Jo, have been married 35 years and have two awesome sons, Caleb, age 18, and Cooper, age 14.  Casey has made his living as a farrier in Southeast Colorado for the past 30+ years. He also professionally competed as a steer wrestler and worked as a pickup man.

Casey is the son of Fred and Norma Dorenkamp.  He grew up steer wrestling with his older brothers and continued his career into his 40's.  He worked for his family's rodeo company, as well as Cervi rodeo and Beutler Gaylord rodeo Companies as a pick up man and flank man at rodeos including San Antonio, Austin, Greeley, Denver, Houston, and the NFR.  He made the Mountain States Circuit Finals in steer wrestling numbers times and trained and sold steer wrestling horses, some of which are still competing today.

 In 2017, Casey and Jo purchased a dairy delivery business which provided additional income for their family.  Casey's injuries make it necessary for them to sell the business now.

With the loss of Casey's income for at least six months and the mounting medical expenses, the Dorenkamp family is facing an insurmountable financial hardship.  


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