Local bullrider dies from injuries sustained in Kansas auto accident

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 4/15/20

Taken way too soon.

That was the case earlier this week when Owensville High School junior Caden Moss lost his life after sustaining serious injuries in a two-vehicle accident back on Monday, …

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Local bullrider dies from injuries sustained in Kansas auto accident

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Taken way too soon.

That was the case earlier this week when Owensville High School junior Caden Moss lost his life after sustaining serious injuries in a two-vehicle accident back on Monday, April 6 near Wichita, Kan.

When he wasn’t making memories in the halls of Owensville High School, Moss was training wherever he could to become the best bull rider he could be.

He had all kinds of support from his friends and family but none more evident than from his sister Haley Ryan.

Ryan described some of her favorite memories from watching her brother bull ride at arenas around the area and throughout the country.

“I loved watching his friends hype him up and hear them yell from the chutes,” Ryan explained.

Moss also made sure his sister got to see his possible eight-second rides when she couldn’t be there.

“I loved when he sent me videos of his rides when I couldn’t be there.

One goal of Moss’ was to make it to the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Finals in Las Vegas.

“His goal was to make the PBR and I think he told me that almost everytime I saw him,” Ryan said.

Feather making also came up in Ryan’s memories of her brother.

“His friends Henry and JR used to make feathers for their hats and we always thought it was so funny,” Ryan said. “Now I’m so glad we have them.

Practicing also became a memory that Ryan could hold on to.

“I loved watching him ‘practice’ riding bulls in the living room or really anywhere we were,” Ryan said.

At OHS, first-year principal Kris Altemeyer could not say enough positive things about Moss.

“Caden was always one of those kids who had a smile on his face when you saw him in the hallway,” Altemeyer said. “It was the smile of a kid who had found a passion in life (bull riding) and couldn’t wait to continue that passion full time once he was finished with school.”

Altemeyer also elaborated on how fortunate he and the community as a whole were fortunate enough to know Moss.

“I was fortunate to know Caden as a coach, teacher and administrator,” Altemeyer said. “We were all lucky to have Caden as an Owensville Dutchmen.”

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