Jockey Joe Jernigan of Houston loved the outdoors. He died from injuries suffered during an accident the Friday of The Neshoba County Fair.
Jockey Joe Jernigan of Houston loved the outdoors. He died from injuries suffered during an accident the Friday of The Neshoba County Fair.
Jockey Joe Jernigan died from his injuries last Thursday that he suffered during a bad spill at the horse races at the Neshoba County Fair.

Jernigan was taken to Neshoba General by ambulance after the accident. He was airlifted the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. 

He suffered broken ribs, a broken collarbone, a broken arm and other injuries.  Earlier last week, friends reported he was showing signs of improvement.

Jernigan, 56, was born in Houston, Mississippi, on March 12, 1963. He was a humble, loving, soft-spoken and kindhearted gentleman, his obituary said.



He was loved by anybody — family, friends and horsemen alike. He was a loving partner, father, friend and sportsman. His passions also included hunting, and fishing. “His most sought love was his love for horses,” the obituary said.

Jernigan is the second jockey to die from fall at the Fair race track in the last decade. 

Jockey Blaine Little died in August 2012 after an accident.