STEPHENVILLE, Texas - Brad Boyd and
Toby Floyd have announced the passing of
According to Boyd, Camo had been in the pasture breeding in recent days. The legendary bull passed away Tuesday morning and was laid to rest next to the mothers of Reindeer Dippin and Copenhagen Lite - AN11 and AN160 - at the contractors' ranch outside Stephenville.
"It's sad," Boyd said. "You don't ever want to put a champ down like that. … You want to put it off, but you know the bull doesn't deserve the pain he's in, so you make the decision to do it."
Boyd said Camo's passing wasn't unexpected, but that it was still an emotional day for everyone involved with their operation.
"When they asked me where I wanted to bury him, that made me upset," he said.
Camo takes Justin McBride to 92.5 points and a second world title in 2007.
Boyd and Floyd Bull Co. purchased Camo from Paradise Farms, and
he immediately made an impact on the Built Ford Tough Series.
He had 72 career outs, all of which were in the PBR. Fifty-six of those were on the BFTS.
He was ridden only 11 times in those 56 outs for an average of 88 points, and three times, his rider won the round. Judges marked him an average of 44.73 points per out, and 11 times he was the high-marked bull of the round.
According to www.probullstats.com, Camo was as stout against right-handed riders as he was against lefties. He bucked off 83 percent of the left-handed riders he faced versus 79 percent of the right-handers.
'He was our gunner. He was our
"He brought Boyd and Floyd to the table," Boyd said. "He was our gunner. He was our champ.
"Bulls like him are one in 30,000. If you can find a bull that has half the heart as he had, right there, then you have a superstar. He was a megastar.
"He's a great bull. That's all there is to it."
No single rider is more associated with Camo than two-time World Champion Justin McBride.
Needing any score to win his first world title in 2005, McBride rode Camo in the final round of the World Finals, clinging to the side. It was an ugly 75-pointer, but it was enough.
Camo vs. Justin McBride, 2007 Built Ford Tough World Finals,
He also rode Camo in the final round of the 2007 World Finals for 92.5 points to win his second world title.
Boyd said he's proud of the fact that for four years running, from 2005 to 2008, Camo had a hand in who won or lost the world title.
He last competed in 2008 at Las Vegas, when Robson Palermo rode him for 87 points to win the Finals event for the first time.
Boyd & Floyd Bull Co. have a few of Camo's 3-year old sons. They will likely make their debuts next season in the ABBI Classic competition as 4-year-olds.
"His legacy is going to live on," Boyd said.
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