Cody Teel Remembers 8034 Penny Lover
2014 CBR Bull of the Year 8034 Penny Lover passed away Monday, May 29 at the 7 Rocking X Ranch in Priddy, Texas.
“He was suffering from twisted intestines and lost the battle,” said a surprised and saddened owner Benny Cude.
Penny Lover, who was pitted against the bucking bull industry’s top cowboys twenty five times in the CBR and ridden only twice, will be remembered by most as the bull at the heart of many exciting and dramatic moments on the 2014 and 2015 CBR Road to Cheyenne tours.
“One of the most memorable rides of my career came on Penny Lover. Winning the George Paul on him was a moment and feeling I will never forget. After dusting me two times before, I was sure glad it came together and worked out that day. He may of not been the easiest to get by, but the one thing I liked most about him was that he gave you a chance to win every time. You just had to do your part,” said 2015 CBR and 2012 PRCA World Champion Cody Teel.
Oddly enough the good looking black and white bull became legendary for the cowboys that could not ride him as much as the story of the two that did.
Bucking off World Champions seemed to be a hobby for 8034 as he left great riders such as Sage Kimzey, Cooper Davis, J.W. Harris, Cole Echols, Brennon Eldred, and Cody Rostockyj in the “no score” column of his resume. 8034’s highest bull score was 47 points earned opposite Sage Kimzey in Cheyenne where Kimzey bucked off at 7.46 seconds.
The Four time World Champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman, who selects all the stock on the Road to Cheyenne Tour, had respect for the bull that he selected 14 times for the final four man CBR Shoot Out round in CBR competition.
So what made Penny Lover so difficult to ride? According to Tuff Hedeman in 2015, “It is his ability to change his mind, he is smart, athletic, big and quick. If you expect him to go one way, he goes the other. He can go either direction with a big move and a quick reverse.”
The former #1 ranked bull faced off with #1 ranked cowboys Sage Kimzey and Cody Teel a total of eight times on the Road to Cheyenne and it was CBR and PRCA World Champion Cody Teel from Kountze, Texas, who rode him first at Del Rio in 2015.
Teel had been on the storied bucker three times and in Del Rio where he had to ride him to go ahead of Kimzey in the World Standings points race he triumphed with a 90 point ride in the final round to win the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding. That ride set the stage for Teel to win the 2015 CBR World Championship three months later in Cheyenne.
“We all know the story of how both champs wanted to be the first to ride him, but the real story is there is probably no telling how much money Sage Kimzey and Cody Teel lost by picking Penny Lover in the four man round,” joked Cude.
Keaton Moody was the second rider to cover 8034 in Jackson, Tennessee for 91.5 points in 2015. The son of Frontier Rodeo’s great bucker, Just a Dream, Penny Lover was purchased by Cude from Tom Teague as a four year old and debuted for Cude at the 2014 CBR World Finals bucking off JW Harris in 5.77 seconds.Penny Lover was bred by Tom Teague and Jerry Nelson and was sired by 95 Just a Dream and out of a Nightlife Lyons bred cow.
Editor’s Note: Statistics courtesy of Probullstats.com; Penny Lover was ranked #1 on 90 day hot list as of June 30, 2014
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