Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Bodacious


The World’s Most Dangerous Bull
The Greatest Bull To Ever Buck



These are both titles given to the bucking bull, Bodacious. 

In 1999, Bodacious was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, and in 2017 into the Bull Riding Hall of Fame. Bodacious was born in 1988 and became infamous in the world of rodeo, not only as one of the great bucking bulls but also as a sire. Many of his sons and grandsons went on to become top notch bucking bulls in their own right, including Cat Man Do, Copperhead Slinger and Scaredy Cat.

No bull in rodeo history was as feared as Bodacious.

He weighed in at 1,900-pounds and was a crossbred Charbray who was first bucked in 1992.
In the four years that Bodacious was hauled to rodeos, he was nearly unrideable. The big yellow bull bucked off 127 of his 135 riders and became known for a bone-crushing style that sent many riders to the hospital, including world champions Tuff Hedeman and Terry Don West.
Bodacious had a distinctive bucking style. 



He would explode from the chute with such force there were times you could see his belly from the top of the chute. First ridden in 1993, it was two years before another bull rider made a qualified ride.
Only 6 cowboys out of a whopping 135 put together an 8 second ride on the huge 1,900-pound yellow bull.




He was named PRCA Bull of the Year in 1994-95 and top bull of the National Finals Rodeo in 1992 and 1994-95. He was retired during the 10th round of the 1995 National Finals Rodeo.

Bodacious is known for one particular trick that resulted in many injuries for the bullriders. He would kick over his head, forcing a rider to shift his weight forward then sling his head up full force, smashing the rider's face.
In the 9th round of the 1995 NFR, rider Scott Breding tried wearing a hockey mask. However, this failed to protect him adequately. Bodacious head-butted Breding, breaking his nose and shattering his eye sockets.


Tuff Hedeman is one of the few riders to have ever ridden Bodacious with a 95-point ride in 1993. However, the ride most people remember happened in the short-go of the 1995 PBR World Finals in October. Tuff was jerked down by Bodacious upon leaving the bucking chute and struck his face on the bull’s head, shattering every major bone in his face.
At the finals that year, Hedeman drew Bodacious one last time. He’d lost 25 pounds and was still healing. In a wise move, he turned the bull out. 

Hedeman called Bodacious, "the baddest bull there has ever been.”


A few days later, Bodacious was retired from professional bull riding forever. In 1999, Bodacious was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, and many know him as "the greatest bull to ever buck."
Bodacious was 7 years old at the time he was retired, still in his prime, but his owner said, "I didn’t want to be the guy who let him kill someone.”

Bodacious lived out the remainder of his life on owner Sammy Andrews' ranch, where he is buried and where fans still come to honor him.
He died in 2000 when a cut was discovered on his foot which caused a bone infection. The medication used to counter act the bone infection caused his kidneys to fail.
Bodacious was a real star of rodeo being the first bull to have his own agent and merchandise line.

Have any of you ever watch Bodacious buck? What an athlete!









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