Bucking bull

Bucking bull

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bucking_bull
Modern-day bucking bull
Mildred Douglas riding a bucking bull circa 1917

A bucking bull is a bull used in American rodeo bull riding competition. They are usually a Brahma crossed with another breed, weighing 1,500 pounds or more, selected for their tendency to "leap, plunge and spin" when a human is on its back.[1] Circa mid-20th century breeders began selecting bulls for bad temperament, that would buck when ridden.[2] Many of the best bucking bulls trace their lineage to bulls owned by Charlie Plummer of Oklahoma. These are known as Plummer bulls.[3]

In some competitions between bulls, with a purse amounting to tens of thousands of dollars per event, the bulls are ridden by electronic dummies, not rodeo bull riders.[4] Good performing bulls attain a celebrity status and can be considered a star athlete in their own right, and a valiant competitor on the field against the human rider.[5][6]

The first sale of breeding cows out of champion bucking bulls was in 1999.[7]

The percent of top professional riders staying on the bull for a full eight second "out" has dropped from 75% in the early 1990s to 35% circa 2014. This has led to criticism that the breeding has resulted in excessively aggressive and dangerous animals.[8]

Notable bucking bulls include Bodacious, Bushwacker, Chicken on a Chain, Dillinger, Little Yellow Jacket and Skoal Pacific Bell. A bull named Panhandle Slim has had four clones, with identical bucking patterns, that qualified for the Professional Bull Riders World Finals.[9][10]

See also

References

  1. ^ Curnutt 2001, p. 268.
  2. ^ Nance 2013, p. 181.
  3. ^ Groves 2006, p. 14.
  4. ^ Kevin Kerr (April 25, 2011), "The gold standard", Duncan Banner 
  5. ^ Lawrence 1984, p. 197.
  6. ^ Nance 2013, pp. 174-177, "Animal celebrity defined".
  7. ^ LYNN MONTGOMERY (April 15, 2004), "Bucking bull breeders bring their best to competition", Country World 
  8. ^ Andrea Appleton (July 8, 2014), "TOO MUCH BULL: AN INDUSTRY OBSESSED WITH BREEDING BIGGER, NASTIER BULLS IS PUTTING CHILDREN IN HARM'S WAY. ONE CHAMPION RIDER IS FIGHTING TO CHANGE THAT.", SB Nation, Vox Media 
  9. ^ Lisa M. Krieger (July 16, 2013), "Rodeo bulls better bred through science to buck riders", San Jose Mercury News 
  10. ^ Dylan Brown (June 30, 2013), "'Long dead' bull lives on in clones: Practice grows on rodeo circuit", Lewiston Tribune – via Spokane Spokesman-Review 

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