The B.C. Coroners Service has released the identity of a rider who was killed while racing down a steep slope in the Redstone Rodeo mountain race near Williams Lake on Sunday.

Coroner Barb McLintock says the man was injured when some of the horses involved in the race got too close to each other and three riders tumbled off their animals at a high rate of speed.

Jason Coutlee, 44, of Merritt was rushed to a medical clinic in nearby Alexis Creek but died en route while being transferred to Kelowna General Hospital.

Rodeo president Gerald William says eight riders were competing for a top prize of about $1,100 and the death was the first in the event's 16-year history. The rodeo is hosted by the Alexis Creek First Nation.