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For release: June 20, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.848.6206,

Lodi Community Hospital sponsors summer rodeo series

As a sponsor of the 2013 Buckin’ Ohio bull riding series, Akron General’s Lodi Community Hospital is once again proud to share this fun, family-friendly series with the community. Located in Burbank, Buckin’ Ohio is family-owned and operated. With a passion for bull riding and the rodeo, the Thorsell family founded Buckin’ Ohio more than 10 years ago on their family farm, Creek Bend Ranch. The series has continued to grow, and has established itself as one of the area’s premier professional bull riding events, as well as a great family outing. In addition to the main event, other attractions include barrel racing, horse and wagon rides, stick horse races and live, authentic cowboy entertainment – something for everyone in the family!

Kicking off this year’s rodeo season Saturday, June 22, Akron General and Buckin’ Ohio are pleased to present Shadow Montag, a very talented trick rider who, after suffering a traumatic injury, will make his debut return to the spotlight. Montag was severely injured by a young horse he was training in March 2012. The accident left him with life-threatening head injuries, including a tear in the frontal lobe of his brain and brain bleeds in 10 spots.

Montag said that he is looking forward to telling his story to the crowd of several thousand expected to pack the arena June 22. He will speak candidly about his remarkable recovery and the obstacles he has overcome since his accident, including learning to speak again and dealing with significant memory loss.

Buckin’ Ohio is located at 8154 Garman Road in Burbank, Ohio. The gates open at 4 p.m. for pre-show attractions. The rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at or at the gate on the day of the event. Additional Buckin’ Ohio events this summer will be held July 27, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14.

While in town, Montag will visit Akron General Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Friday, June 21 at 11 a.m. where he will share his powerful story of determination and recovery. All are welcome to attend the talk, which will be held in the Edwin Shaw gymnasium, 405 Tallmadge Road, Cuyahoga Falls. He hopes to inspire others who have suffered similar injuries.

“I was bound and determined to get back to trick riding and I hope I can help others,” Montag said.

For more information, call 330-436-0966 or 330-436-0945.

About Lodi Community Hospital
Lodi Community Hospital, one of three hospitals in the Akron General Health System, has proudly provided community based health care to people of southwest Medina County and portions of Lorain, Ashland and Wayne Counties since 1920. Lodi Community Hospital is a designated 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and offers a comprehensive range of services: acute and skilled care; a full range of outpatient diagnostic, rehabilitation and physical therapy services; occupational health care; outpatient and general, minimally invasive surgery; radiology services; and a state-of-the-art 24-hour emergency room. For seven consecutive years, the hospital has won the prestigious Press Ganey Summit Award for excellence in patient satisfaction. For more information, visit and

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