243 Breaking Bad Ventures to Vegas

If you are in the draw at the National Finals Rodeo, it goes without saying you are one of the chosen few. From over 600 PRCA rodeos per year, 100 bulls are carefully analyzed and selected for the fifteen cowboys that have qualified for the 2016 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association year-end finale. 

It is an unknown who will ride whom, but of those prized bovines selected for the ten rounds in Las Vegas,  if you draw Lyndal Hurst’s 243 it probably doesn’t matter if you are left-handed, right-handed or ride with no hands, the statistics predict you will not ride this bull.

Out of 21 PRCA recorded outs during his two year career, he has zero recorded qualified rides. 

First year qualifier, Cody Rostockyj has seen this bull go several times and says left-handers might have a better chance but the bull remains undridden after 22 recorded professional outs in three different associations. He was never covered in 15 PRCA, 3 CBR, and 4 PBR attempts.

“He will have one of two trips, he will either blow big coming out and then go left and just buck with good timing, or he will throw in a belly roll, which got me loose, and then he beat me around the corner,” said Wyatt Rogers after losing the contest with 243 on the Road to Cheyenne tour event in Window Rock, Arizona. 

The big white bull has two round wins with his best recorded out in Clovis, New Mexico where he earned 46 points and the High Marked Bull score award bucking off Colt Robinson. He also took the top bull buckle home for defeating Eli Vastbinder at the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding – 44.5 bull score. 

In the equine industry we would label 243 “double bred Hurst.” In stock contractor language he is a four year old bull out of Hurst’s favorite prodigy, Mooseknuckle. Serving as this year’s poster child for Lyndal Hurst’s bred to buck program, 243 Breaking Bad is a son of Mooseknuckle, a grandson of M-17 who is sired by Houdini. Hurst 243 is the damn. 

“Watching a bull being born to winning, that we raised from its first two year old trip to the top of his career, watching him work his way thru the system - that is the most rewarding feeling ever,” said Hurst.

The best advice from the bull riders who have attempted 243 is to stay small and stay close to him as possible, until you make the corner – where he usually levels out – with the emphasis on the word usually.

You can follow 243 Breaking Bad on Hurst Rodeo Ranch social media and For more information on Hurst breeding-