Why he looks like a million bucks
The five-year-old, 1,600-pound rodeo bull out of Bagwell, Texas, has thrown all but one of the dozen cowboys who tried to ride him for the required eight seconds this year. His surliness makes Dippin' the star attraction at this weekend's ProRodeo Tour Finale in Las Vegas, where 12 riders will put their butts on the line.
In rodeo parlance, Bo Dippin' likes to "turn back and stay in," which means that he spins as he bucks. "He's always going to spin, but you never know which way," says two-time world champ Blue Stone, who rode Dippin' last year. "Every trip I've seen that bull have has been awesome. You can't ask for a better bull."
Bo Dippin's pa, 1,800-pound Bodacious, was retired from competition in '95 for fear he'd kill a rider. Earlier that year he broke bones in rider Scott Breding's face—even though Breding was wearing a catcher's mask—by snapping his head back into Breding's face. Bodacious, who died in 2000, was ridden eight times in 135 attempts.
Dippin', who is worth about $30,000, has several younger siblings, and there may be more soon. Bob Tallman, the founder of Buckers Inc., a marketing company in Texas, has frozen vials of Bodacious's semen that he sells for $400 a pop.