In a Pro Bull Riding tragedy in Arizona this weekend, Julio Moreno’s two-time World Champion Bull contender, and half-brother of Oakdale’s infamous Bushwacker, ‘Roy’ sustained two broken front legs after scoring a career best 46.5 score and bucking off 2015 World Finals event winner Cooper Davis after only a 2.43 second ride on Sunday, March 6.
Oakdale’s Moreno begrudgingly decided to have Roy put down following the Ak-Chin Invitational after consulting with a local veterinarian in Buckeye, Arizona, because of the bull’s lower leg injuries.
“Unfortunately, Roy’s injuries this afternoon in Phoenix were insurmountable,” Moreno’s wife, Kindsar, wrote to fans on social media “We love Roy and knew that it would be in his best interest to ease his pain. These bulls are incredible athletes and loved by our family, friends and fans. We cannot thank the many of you who have reached out to us during this very difficult time.”
Roy ended his career with a 17-3 record on the Built Ford Tough Series. He had competed at the past three Built Ford Tough World Finals and finished runner-up to his half-brother, three-time World Champion Bull Bushwacker, for the 2014 World Championship.
According to Moreno, Roy was expected to contend for the 2016 World Champion Bull title this coming November at the 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas.
“He went out on top, doing what he loved to do best,” Kindsar Moreno said. “He was our little engine that could.”