By Victor O'Brien
Killeen Daily Herald
Rodeo Killeen fans will be treated to rodeo royalty this weekend.
Several offspring of legendary 1,800-pound bull Bodacious are scheduled to perform. Bodacious, who died in 2000 at the age of 12, was known for being an almost impossible ride for even the world's best bullriders, said Sammy Andrew, the bull's owner.
"He was kind of like one of the fast guns of the west – if you could ride him you became famous. He was something else. The cowboys didn't like to get on him," Andrews said.
Bodacious was inducted into the Professional Rodeo and Cowboy Association Hall of Fame in 1999. Andrews was inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame in this year.
"He's kind of like Elvis. He's more famous dead than alive," Andrews said of Bodacious.
Four of Bodacious' many offspring will perform throughout the weekend at Rodeo Killeen. Those offspring include "Red Onion," "Pull the Trigger," and "Fender Bender." All of them live at Sammy and James Andrews' Andrews Co. Ranch in Addielou.
"He was like an athlete. He was his own athlete and people could not imagine a bull getting that high," said Rena Andrews, Sammy's wife. "He was just a real awesome bull."
The Andrews retired Bodacious in 1995, the same year he became the national champion, and began producing offspring. Now those offspring attempt to carry on and live up to the legacy of a legend.
Superior livestock from the Andrews Co. Ranch is one reason why John Fisher, a Rodeo Killeen's organizer, said he's excited to see the popularity of rodeo returning to Killeen and growing as the rodeo enters its 61st year.
Rena said Rodeo Killeen brings in world-class competitors and livestock that provide summertime fun for families.
"The livestock is phenomenal. You're going to see good cowboys and good entertainment," she said. "When you leave you're going to want to come back the next night."
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When: Today and Saturday; pre-show begins at 7:30 p.m.; rodeo starts at 8.
Where: Killeen Rodeo Grounds on W.S. Young Drive, next to Killeen Special Events Center
How much: $12 for adults, $5 for kids and $2 discounts for military and senior citizens.
What: An evening of bull-riding, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel-racing and barbecue.