Two great bulls have passed away within this last week, and ABBI would like to extend their condolences to the owners and fans of Back Bender and Palm Springs.
Back Bender was the 2011 ABBI Classic Champion. He was a Fender Bender son from Sammy Andrews' breeding program whom Kent Cox and Doug Ackerman bought and lead to a successful ABBI career- earning over $318,000 in just two years. He bucked for the Wolf Creek brand before being sold to Diamond P.
Back Bender was in a 400 acre pasture turned out with 30 cows in Sherman, Texas at the time of his passing. A storm came through in the middle of the night and he was struck by lightning. He had just arrived in Sherman a month before. He was nine years of age when he passed on Monday.
Palm Springs was a short round standout, with multiple PBR World Finals and WNFR appearances. He was the PRCA Bull of the Year in 2011. Palm Springs was a Strawberry Wine grandson out of the Hargis breeding program. He is in the Probullstats Hall of Fame and over his career had an 85% buckoff rate with an average BFTS mark of 43.6.
After spending time bucking for Diamond S, he was most recently owned by Cantankerous. He was retired and living in Giddings, Texas at the time of his passing last Thursday at age 11. Co-owner Sherry Snow Turner shared that his passing was due to natural causes and that he was buried in the same pasture he retired to.