That Ain’t No Bull…That’s Bodacious!
Once owned by Sammy and Rena Andrews, from Red River County, Texas, Bodacious was a ferocious Charbray bucking bull, who was infamous throughout the sport of rodeo. He was commonly referred to as “The World’s Most Dangerous Bull”. Bodacious was known for one particular trick that resulted in many a broken face for the riders. In this maneuver, Bodacious would bring his rear up with his head to the ground, forcing a rider to shift their weight forward. He would then lift his head up full force, smashing the rider’s face.
“The first place we bucked him was the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and he bucked off Cody Lambert.” (Sammy Anderson) Lambert, who is a great bull rider, and developer of the protective vest that most bull riders wear today, wasn’t alone in his failure to ride Bodacious for a full eight seconds. There have been only six cowboys that have ever finished their rides on him in the five years that the bull was active. In fact, in the 135 attempts to ride him, Bodacious was only ridden 8 times!
Bodacious was named “Bull of the Year” by the Bull Rider’s Only (BRO) organization in 1995, and he was a National Finals Rodeo bucking bull in 1992, 1994 and 1995. Bodacious was also chosen as Bull of the Year in 1994 and 1995 by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). In 1999 he was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
Respected for his power and aggressiveness, the 1,800-pound bull was retired in December 1995 by Andrews. He decided to end the possibility of a rider losing his life while attempting to ride Bodacious. But that wasn’t the end for this bull. He continued his celebrity status for a few more years as he toured rodeos, fairs and even Las Vegas casinos. Bodacious was also featured in magazine articles and profiled on Bull Rider’s Only (BRO) telecasts.
Unfortunately, Bodacious succumbed to illness and died at age 12 on the Andrews Ranch in 2000. He was buried near Sammy and Rena’s home in Texas. However his legacy lives on in Bo Howdy, who was sired by Bodacious and debuted in 2005 as a PBR bull.