OKLAHOMA CITY - One of the PBR’s biggest stars will kick off his farewell tour in Oklahoma City this weekend. Bushwacker, a two-time PBR World Champion and arguably the best bull in PBR history, will be retired at the end of this season, and, according to PBR Livestock Director Cody Lambert, he’s going out on top.
“That’s kind of what Julio’s thinking was – to retire him while he’s on top,” said Lambert. “He thought about it right after the World Finals, but he decided since Bushwacker really hadn’t slowed down any, he’d send him out on tour this year. If he looks like he’s going to slow down this season, he may retire him right then, but he’s scheduled to go to 10 events right now.”
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Bushwacker’s number one competitor – Asteroid – will be in Oklahoma City and will also appear in the 15/15 round with Bushwacker. The two bulls have battled it out for PBR World Champion Bull honors for the past three seasons, and Lambert expects them to be the favorites again this year.
“Both of them will be on relatively limited schedules this year, but right now they have to be considered the two bulls to beat,” Lambert said. “I do expect Shepherd Hills Tested and Mick E Mouse to challenge them this year.”
Both Tested and Mick E Mouse will appear in the 15/15 round alongside Bushwacker and Asteroid. Between the two they have 81 career outs. Tested has been ridden twice – both times by J.B. Mauney. Mick E Mouse remains unridden in 20 outs, possibly because Mauney hasn’t been on him yet. Not only have riders failed to make the 8 seconds on Mick E Mouse, they’ve mostly failed to make even four.
Harve Stewart takes a hit from Mick E Mouse at the Dickies Iron Cowboy IV in Arlington, Texas.
“He’s plenty strong, and he bucks, but he looks like the kind of bull that guys might like to ride,” said Lambert. “But he’s bucked everybody off and done it pretty fast too. Valdiron [de Oliveira] seems to do well against the stronger bulls, and I thought he might get along with him at the Finals, but he didn’t even warm him up.”
Shepherd Hills Tested was ridden by Mauney just after the World Finals at a Touring Pro Division event in McAlester, Okla.
“J.B. told me that Tested wasn’t that great with him in McAlester,” Lambert said. “He said he was a little less intense than when he’s been on him before. Tested had one off trip at the National Finals Rodeo too, but H.D. Page put him on a right-hand delivery in Denver and Pueblo (Colo.) just last week and he was rank. He was hard to ride, and very rank. J.B. was 90.5 points on him, but he told me he thought he was marked too high there.”
The first round in Oklahoma City will be an ABBI Classic round featuring the top 3- and 4-year-old bulls in competition among themselves. This is the first Built Ford Tough Series Classic round of this season, so most of these bulls don’t come with advanced billing – they don’t have much history because they are just starting their careers. But, there is one bull out on Friday that already has a bit of a reputation.
“There’s one bull that Jared Allen just bought the other day,” Lambert said. “His name is Magic Train. I’ve seen a couple of videos of him, and he looks really special. He better be, because it takes a special bull to win the ABBI Classic World Finals, and they paid a lot of money for this bull. They need him to win some of it back. He does look like a really good one, and Jared Allen and Matt Scharping with Phenom Genetics have high hopes for him.”
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