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  • Briggs Madsen kisses his horse, Gus, at his Honeyville home on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Madsen is a nationally ranked high school rodeo star, but he shattered five vertebrae and was temporarily paralyzed when he was smashed in a rodeo chute in August.

  • Briggs Madsen waits to enter a pool during a physical therapy session at Nueroworx in Sandy on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. When Madsen was injured, he was left temporarily paralyzed and was told he would never ride again.

  • Briggs Madsen, left, walks up a ramp with the assistance of physical therapist Matt Carter at Nueroworx in Sandy on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Madsen spent several months at Nueroworx learning to walk again after the accident.

  • Briggs Madsen does his schoolwork surrounded by rodeo trophies at his Honeyville home on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. Madsen began attending Bear River High School online while he was going to physical therapy every day in Sandy. For now, he is continuing classes at home in order to avoid further injury at school.

  • Briggs Madsen empties a hose after watering the horses at his Honeyville home on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.

  • Briggs Madsen, right, prepares for his first rodeo since last year's spinal injury while his younger brother, Kade Madsen waits outside the trailer. All of the Madsen children compete in rodeos and their parents were both competitive riders.

  • Briggs Madsen is greater by a crowd of well-wishers as he enters the arena for the first time in Morgan. Briggs's family and the rodeo community put on several fundraisers following his injury to support him emotionally and financially.

  • Briggs Madsen, in the brown hat, speaks with his father, Doug Madsen, after being bucked off his bronc at the Wasatch High School Rodeo in Heber City on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Briggs had described the day as his chance "to get some redemption" after being bucked off the day before.

  • Briggs Madsen gets ready to ride a bull in his first rodeo in almost ten months during a high school rodeo at the Morgan County Fairgrounds on Friday, May 6, 2016.

  • Briggs Madsen rides a saddle bronc at the Wasatch High School Rodeo in Heber City on Saturday, May 7, 2016. In his first weekend of rodeo since 2015's injury Madsen was bucked off on four out of four rides.