ust days after the top 30 bull riders chose him third in the PRCA Bull of the Year voting, Western Rodeos' prized bull, Poison Ivy, suffered a severe leg injury that required his owners to have him humanely euthanized on Oct. 7. The black-and-white horned bull took Sonny Murphy to the title at the ProRodeo Tour Summer Finale in Omaha, Neb., on Sept. 30, before Dan Russell discovered on Oct. 2 that the bull had a fractured stifle bone in his right hind leg after returning home to Henryetta, Okla. The Russells believe Poison Ivy, which was a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bull last year, was injured by other bulls at their ranch after returning from Omaha.
The Russells were "sickened" to discover his injury and deeply saddened by the loss of the top-notch bucking beast. Bull rider Mike Moore had considerable success on the bull and was also saddened by its loss.
"It's just a hard thing to have happen," Moore said. "I voted for that bull for Bull of the Year. I only had him twice, but both times I won first on him. He was just an outstanding bull. He bucked hard every time, and I never saw that bull have a bad day. He was just a bull you looked forward to getting on because you could win on him every time you nodded your head."
That is a horrible loss! This bull has had some amazing outs and Sonny's ride on him was great. It must have been a gut wrenching decision to put him down. My condolences to the Russell family.
"All I have to do is really learn how to dance with a bull. You just have to remember that he's definitely leading and you have to follow. You can't get behind at all. If you keep in time with him, you're all right. I just wish it wasn't such a hard dance to learn."- Fred Boettcher