Saturday, February 11, 2006

Blueberry Wine Retires

Legendary Bull Blueberry Wine Retires
Photo: Andy WatsonBrendon Clark is one of only two cowboys to ride Blueberry Wine, as seen here in Oklahoma City, 2004. Click here to see more of Andy's Photos
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 23, 2005) - On the heels of Little Yellow Jacket's retirement announcement, news hit the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) today that yet another marquee bull will retire from competition at the end of the 2005 season. Herrington Cattle Company's Blueberry Wine has become a virtual household name in the industry and after approximately seven years on the tour, will leave at the top of his game.
Like Little Yellow Jacket, Blueberry Wine will officially end his prolific career at the conclusion of the 2005 Built Ford Tough World Finals, October 28-30 and November 3-6. Bull riding enthusiasts will not want to miss one of the rare and final opportunities to witness as both Little Yellow Jacket and Blueberry Wine buck during the upcoming Frito Lay Scoops Invitational, which takes place on Saturday, June 25 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas at 6:50 p.m. Tickets for the event are available by calling 719-471-3008 extension 3136.
Robbie Herrington of Herrington Cattle Company states, "I, along with the entire Herrington family, consider it a privilege to announce the retirement of Blueberry Wine. In a sport as physically demanding as bull riding is on both rider and bull, seldom do we have the opportunity to watch an athlete as great as Blueberry Wine compete for so long. For the past seven years, Blueberry has traveled coast to coast competing in the championship rounds at PBR events. With such a demanding schedule, it has been nearly impossible to use him as a breed bull. Although he is physically capable of competing for a couple more years, we believe he is much more valuable to the sport of bull riding as a top-end sire."
"Blueberry Wine is 10 years old and that's not ancient for a bull, but for a bucking bull he's a real old-timer," said PBR Vice President Cody Lambert. "In a lot of ways he's like Little Yellow Jacket. He started to buck at a young age and was on the road as a three-year-old, Blueberry Wine is one of the smallest bulls in the PBR. He weighs in at a little under 1,100 pounds, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in speed and effort. There is never a weak effort from Blueberry Wine. He will do what ever it takes to win and very few guys ride him. At his last event in Phoenix he bucked off Justin McBride and he looked like he bucked as well as he ever has. At 10 years old, his days as a great athlete are numbered, and like Little Yellow Jacket, every time he bucks, he's in the short go facing one of the best bull riders there is."
Blueberry Wine was purchased from James Harper for a reported figure of $50,000. Blueberry Wine was ridden only twice during 2004; once when Brendon Clark achieved 92 points aboard the dynamic featherweight and again by Mark Ward to 91.5. However, he has yet to be ridden in 2005. Blueberry Wine finished in a three way tie for fourth through sixth place in the 2004 PBR World Champion Bull standings. He has unseated 91.3% of all challengers during 2005 and has been covered only nine times in 90 career outs on the tour. While he finishes the 2005 season and moves on to retirement, Blueberry Wine leaves an indelible impression on those fortunate to have seen him.

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