Today’s entry is in honor of a bull that is almost worthy of being Brahman: Voodoo Child.
This past Saturday, the bull bucked his last cowboy in the RMEF Big Bull Touring Pro event in Asheville, N.C. He chucked a relative unknown, Cody Brewer, from his back and got a score of 45 points. Now that’s the way to exit the stage, with a top score!
The son of a very well-known PBR bull, Houdini, Voodoo has had a great career. If you check up on him at Probullstats.com, you’ll see he’s only been ridden all the way five times in his entire career! Voodoo has a 92 percent buck-off rate.
What’s that mean? Well, in a nutshell, it means getting on that bulls back was and still is an almost death sentence. Only a proud, stalwart bull can maintain that kind of aggression over the years. Born on May 1, 2002, this 9 year old vet of the professional bull riding world is finally being given his due. That’s right, time for this bull to become a stud.
Now, I’m sure most of you just assumed that bulls that were done working on the ranch are automatically put out to stud. Nothing could be farther from the truth. A bull must EARN the right to be a stud. Not every two-bit mammal with horns gets to plant his seed. The ranchers want the best and only the best. Second best does not get to become a stud. And third best? Well, they go off with the old horses to that big glue factory in the sky.
Someday, maybe I’ll share with you the deeds that earned me the title of Stud. Suffice to say, it’s the pinnacle of a bulls career and life for that matter. Once named an official stud, Voodoo will get to sit back, give orders, get pampered (the morning massage is the best) and sire some little bulls and cows.
As is tradition, I sent him a message welcoming him into the fold. It’s not every day a new stud is chosen:
Welcome to the world of a stud. All of us established studs are honored to have you among us. Having said that, let me say this: Don’t come to my ranch, because everything there is mine. Don’t come to any neighboring ranches cuz that’s mine too. If I see you near my ranch, I’m putting my horns down, and if you eat any of my dandelions, its lights out.
Other than that, we should get along fine! Enjoy being a stud; it’s definitely going to be the best thing that’s happened to you.