2012 World Champion Bull Asteroid to Retire this Month

PUEBLO, Colo. (Feb. 10 2015) – Often considered Bushwacker’s most ardent rival and the heir-apparent to his greatness, Asteroid, the 2012 PBR World Champion Bull owned by Jeff Talley of Circle T Ranch & Rodeo, will officially retire Feb. 28, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where he will take his final out during the PBR’s Iron Cowboy.

“I really feel it is time,” Talley said. “I don’t want it to be, because fans still want to see him – I still want to see him. But, I feel like it is the right time and the right thing to do.”

Asteroid first appeared on the Built Ford Tough Series in May 2011. During his 4-year BFTS career, the 1,500-pound athlete earned 30 consecutive buckoffs, tossing three-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves three times before they met at the 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals and Alves rode Asteroid for 87.25 points. That was his most recent performance.

J.B. Mauney faced Asteroid five times, but the 2013 PBR World Champion was only successful once for 93.5 points in San Antonio in 2012. It was the highest-scored ride of Asteroid’s career.

Appearing most consistently in the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Championship Round, Asteroid bucked off the PBR’s best, including World Champions Renato Nunes, Guilherme Marchi and Mike Lee, as well as L.J. Jenkins and Luke Snyder. His most notable accomplishment, however, was dethroning Bushwacker as the PBR World Champion Bull in 2012, preventing him from claiming back-to-back world titles.

Asteroid challenged Bushwacker in 2011, 2013 and again in 2014 for the title. Some thought he might keep Bushwacker from winning his third in Las Vegas in 2014.

“Right up until the end I thought he was going to win it,” PBR livestock director Cody Lambert said. “I hate to see him go. He should definitely go down as one of the all-time greats in the PBR if not of all-time anywhere.”

The 8-year-old Asteroid will take his final out in Arlington during Round 2 of the Iron Cowboy on Saturday, Feb. 28.

The Iron Cowboy will feature 40 of the top bull riders from the PBR’s BFTS and the BlueDEF Velocity Tour, competing in round after round of competition until one rider prevails as the man who out-rides the others, covering the most bulls consecutively that night.

Asteroid’s appearance in Round 2 will be fans’ last opportunity to see the great bull – the one who beat Bushwacker – for the last time.

The action starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets, starting at $20 can be purchased at the AT&T Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

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