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

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 Co. He sired many bulls that have gone to the PBR and PRCA, as well as being the grand sire to many bulls that have gone on to careers in the PBR and PRCA.

Power Move[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. He needed a 4-hour reconstructive surgery to repair his face.

Then, in the 9th round of the 1995 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 was discovered on his foot which caused a bone infection. The medication used to counteract it caused his kidneys to fail.[5]

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.


External links[edit]

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