Spotted Demon, a champion 12-year-old cross breed bull, is getting ready for his farewell tour. The 1,650-pound bull is entering the final two events of his career. Oakdale’s Spotted Demon is competing this week at the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Finals: Unleash The Beast at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas from Nov. 12 through Nov 15.
In 2014, Julio Moreno and Dallas Schott partnered together and helped mold Spotted Demon into one of the most decorated non-human athletes in PBR over the last six years.
“When I first saw Spotted Demon, he was fat, out of shape. I would call him ‘Fatso’,” Moreno recalled.
Moreno was the handler for former PBR megastar bucking bull Bushwacker.
“It took about 13 months but we got Spotted Demon into the shape we wanted him in. We gave him the same feeding regimen as Bushwacker was on. Along with that and exercise he got to be the target weight.”
In 2018, Spotted Demon won the PRCA Bucking Bull of the Year honors and the World National Finals Bucking Bull of the Finals as well.
“That 2018 was a special year, he loved to buck; he was active.”
That year he had a buck off percentage of 75. Average buck off time was 3.13 seconds. Though 2019 was not as successful, Spotted Demon still finished in the top 25 overall.
“I feel like he got lazy,” admitted Moreno. “He was not as aggressive as he was in 2018.”
With all the uncertainty that is 2020, Spotted Demon nevertheless continued to compete. He has had three events this year; all of which took place in the summer and fall. His latest event came in Idaho where he placed third overall in the event.
So, what makes him so difficult to ride? According to Moreno, it’s a variety of traits that has made Spotted Demon such a success story.
“He is rideable; I am not claiming that he is not. However, it is a mix of his size and the way he throws his head,” Moreno explained. “He has this head butt that will knock you out. His horns are large too. It is intimidating to riders. I think that is what makes him so difficult to ride.”
With the spotlight slowly dimming on Spotted Demon, Moreno is hopeful of a successful finish.
“I hope he has a great outing; I hope he has a great average. I am very grateful to partner with Dallas Schott and it’s been an honor to watch Spotted Demon have a great career.”