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PBR: Bushwacker begins farewell tour in Oklahoma City

PBR champion J.B. Mauney will try to earn $25,000 by riding Bushwacker on Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
by Ed Godfrey Published: January 23, 2014

When Bushwacker walks into the bucking chute, it gets everyone's attention in the arena, even the cowboys who have seen the 1,685-pound bull buck time and time again.

All of the bull riders on the PBR Tour stop what they are doing when a cowboy gets a crack at riding Bushwacker.

“Everybody will come out of the locker room and pile up on back of the bucking chutes to watch,” said J.B. Mauney, the reigning PBR champion and only bull rider to stay aboard Bushwacker for eight seconds in the past four years.

“He is one when you strap your rope to him, you know you are going to get on the rankest bull in the world.”

Mauney will try to earn $25,000 by riding Bushwacker on Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena in a special battle of world champions at the PBR's Express Employment Professional Invitational.

It will be the PBR's world champion bull rider vs. the PBR's world champion bull and 12th time the two have met.

Mauney is 1-10 against Bushwacker, which is a better record than anyone else has against the 7-year-old bull in the last four years.

Bushwacker is 67-3 in his career. When Mauney scored a 95.25 on Bushwacker on Aug. 17 in Tulsa, it broke a PBR record streak of 42 consecutive buckoffs by the bull.

“The gate opens and it's just like dynamite,” the North Carolina bull rider said of Bushwacker. “He is strong. He is smart. He is a lot smarter than the others. I have been on him that many times, and he has never done the same thing.

“I like to get on him because you know when you nod your head he is going to buck every time. I have never seen him have a bad trip.”

Mauney vs. Bushwacker has become the PBR's equivalent of Ali vs. Frazier.

“It's a rivalry, I guess,” Mauney said. “I rode him and then he handed me my butt twice after that.”

Saturday night will be the only time Bushwacker will buck in the three-day PBR event, and it will be the final time the bull will buck in Oklahoma City.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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