Bodacious (bull)

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Bodacious the Bull.jpg
Species Bovine
Breed Charbray
Born 1988
Longdale, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died May 16, 2000(2000-05-16) (aged 12)
Red River County, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Rodeo bull
Years active 1992-1996
Weight 1,799 lbs., 816 kg.

Bodacious (1988 – May 16, 2000) was a Charbray bull who was infamous throughout the sport of rodeo, and was commonly referred to as “The World’s Most Dangerous Bull.”[1][2] He was originally owned by Jess Kephart of Longdale, Oklahoma, and was branded with "J". He was then sold to Phil Sumner and branded with "J31". He was later purchased and hauled by Sammy Andrews and bucked for The Andrews Rodeo Company. He sired many bulls that have gone to the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), as well as being the grand sire to many bulls that have gone on to careers in the PBR and PRCA.

Bucking style[edit]

Bodacious is known for one particular trick that resulted in many injuries for riders. It involved him bringing his rear up with his head to the ground, forcing a rider to shift his weight forward. He would then lift his head up full force, smashing the rider's face.


Two incidents in 1995 ultimately led to Bodacious' retirement in his prime.

First, in the final round of the 1995 PBR World Finals, Bodacious headbutted eventual PBR World Champion Tuff Hedeman, breaking every major bone in Hedeman's face. Hedeman needed a 6-hour reconstructive surgery to repair his face.

Then, in the 9th round of the 1995 PRCA National Finals Rodeo, rider Scott Breding tried wearing a hockey mask. However, this failed to protect him adequately. Bodacious headbutted and knocked him out, while breaking his nose and bursting his eye sockets.

A few days later, Bodacious was retired from professional bull riding for the safety of the riders, however, he did appear in select Bull Riders Only (BRO) events in 1996 before retiring for good.[3] In 1999, he was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and many know him as "the greatest bull to ever buck."[4]


Bodacious died in 2000 when a cut on his foot caused a bone infection. The medication used to counteract it caused his kidneys to fail.[5] Bodacious is buried on Andrews' ranch with a bucking chute for his tombstone.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

Alternative rock band Primus dedicated a song to Bodacious in their 1999 album Antipop. It is called "Ballad of Bodacious."

Austrian ski company Blizzard Ski named their big mountain ski after Bodacious.

Short's Brewing Company named a double-Black IPA "Goodnight Bodacious" after Bodacious.


  1. ^ "Notorious bull Bodacious dies of kidney failure". Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Life and Times of a Superstar". Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bodacious - 96 Phoenix Rodeo". YouTube - Bodacious performing at BRO event in 1996. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bodacious - Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame". Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Bad bull Bodacious dies". 25 May 2000. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials - Bodacious the Bull". Retrieved 30 October 2016. 

External links[edit]

  1. Bodacious the Bull (Video on
  2. J31 Bodacious (ProBullStats website)