Bushwacker bucked onto the PBR scene in 2009 as the ABBI (American Bucking Bull, Inc.) Reserve Wild Card Champion, then picked up $250,000 the following year as the 2010 ABBI World Champion Classic Bull. After allowing one Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) qualified ride in 2009 by Thiago Paguioto, the 1,700-pound champion competed for five additional years on the BFTS, consecutively bucking off 42 cowboys at one point, setting a new PBR record that holds to this day. After Paguioto, only longtime rival, J.B. Mauney was able to cover him at the BFTS level, bringing the highly publicized streak to an end in 2013 for 95.25 points. It is the highest-marked ride of the two-time and reigning PBR World Champion’s career to date.
Bushwacker, the most popular PBR athlete during his reign, was lauded by numerous media outlets, including an appearance in ESPN the Magazine’s The Body issue in 2013 as “Unridable.” Newsweek likened him to Michael Jordan; he was also covered by USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, and featured on CBS This Morning and ESPN’s E:60.
The champion bovine recorded 64 buck offs in 66 BFTS outs, ranking him eighth all-time in buck offs to date. His career BFTS buck off percentage was 96.969 percent. He also earned an average bull score of 46.162 points. Bushwacker retired in 2014 after collecting his second consecutive, and third overall, PBR World Champion Bull title.
“This is very exciting,” said Julio Moreno, PBR stock contractor and owner of Bushwacker. “It’s very flattering to be able to say I have a bull that is receiving the Brand of Honor, especially since it’s Bushwacker.”