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Eight seconds is an eternity when you’re riding Bushwacker, the world’s toughest rodeo bull.

Thus far in the 2011 season, Bushwacker holds the highest score of his class, with eight riders having tried and failed to mount him for a full eight seconds, the time it takes to mark a qualifying ride. The longest anyone has stayed atop the caramel-colored terror since he became a full-grown adult is 6.6 seconds. That achievement belongs to Dustin Elliott, 30, a top rider from Nebraska, who didn’t suffer any injuries that day.
“Just a broken heart,” said Elliott, who earns an annual six-figure salary for his rodeo skills.
Kent Cox, 40, who takes care of Bushwacker and 80 other rodeo bulls on his 600-acre ranch in Dublin, Texas, talks about the prized beast as if the animal were the Michael Jordan of the sport.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of deal,” Cox told The Daily. “He is definitely the best bull I’ve ever had anything to do with.”

Eight seconds is an eternity when you’re riding Bushwacker, the world’s toughest rodeo bull.

Thus far in the 2011 season, Bushwacker holds the highest score of his class, with eight riders having tried and failed to mount him for a full eight seconds, the time it takes to mark a qualifying ride. The longest anyone has stayed atop the caramel-colored terror since he became a full-grown adult is 6.6 seconds. That achievement belongs to Dustin Elliott, 30, a top rider from Nebraska, who didn’t suffer any injuries that day.

“Just a broken heart,” said Elliott, who earns an annual six-figure salary for his rodeo skills.

Kent Cox, 40, who takes care of Bushwacker and 80 other rodeo bulls on his 600-acre ranch in Dublin, Texas, talks about the prized beast as if the animal were the Michael Jordan of the sport.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of deal,” Cox told The Daily. “He is definitely the best bull I’ve ever had anything to do with.”

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