FORT WORTH — A funeral will be Saturday in East Texas for a flag girl at Fort Worth’s Stockyards Championship rodeo who sustained a fatal head injury when she fell from a horse.Bailey Gasch, 21, a senior at Tarleton State University, died Aug. 30 at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported.She fell in the 5000 block of Farm Road 129, which is about six miles northeast of Santo in rural Palo Pinto County. Cause of death was “closed head injury” due to a “fall from horse,” according to the medical examiner.Ms. Gasch was from Cooper, between Paris and Sulphur Springs, where she graduated with honors in 2010. She was active in the National Honor Society, cheerleading, athletics and rodeo, according to an obituary distributed by Delta Funeral Home in Cooper.Ms. Gasch was studying animal production with emphasis in equine science. She planned to graduate early in December, the obituary said.Internet tributes included a tweet from the Fort Worth Stockyards Championship Rodeo: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of our flag girl, Bailey Gasch ... RIP.”
1 p.m. Saturday at the Cooper High School gymnasium, 823 Farm Road 1528 in Cooper.