Midshipman is in fair condition after injury in live bull-riding competition at bar

September 25, 2000

A 21-year-old Naval Academy midshipman was in fair condition last night after being injured in a bull-riding competition Friday night at a bar near Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Antonio Garcia was riding a bull during a contest at Cancun Cantina, in the 7500 block of Old Telegraph Road, around 8:30 p.m. when he was hit by the bull's head. Garcia was trying to stay on the bull for eight seconds, with only one hand touching the bull, to win the contest's $500, said Tony Toskov, owner of the bar.

Garcia was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he remains.

Cmdr. Bill Spann, a Naval Academy spokesman, said Garcia was at the bar during his free time and that the circumstances surrounding the event will be investigated.

Toskov said injuries are normal in the contest, and contestants typically suffer bruises and broken arms, hips or legs.

"Normally, nobody can stay on it," Toskov said. He said the bar is one of only two in the United States with a live bull-riding contest.

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