Kent Cox, trainer of World Champion Bucking Bull Bushwacker, found dead Thursday morning
Early Thursday morning the trainer of the World Champion bucking bull Bushwacker was found dead on his property by Erath County Sherrif officers. Kent Cox, 42, passed away on private property just outside of Bunyon, TX where he keeps and trains his World Champion bucking bulls. Details are still very sketchy but it is believed to have been and preliminarily ruled a suicide. He was pronounced dead on scene by Justice of the Peace, Bart Greenway.
Kent has had some trouble in the past that has not been talked about very much within the sport of professional bull riding or rodeo. In January he was arrested by Dublin police as a result of a “standoff” between him and the police in front of the Dublin City Hall.
The PBR released a statement regarding the passing of Cox’s death stating, “The PBR is sad to hear of the passing of Kent Cox and would like to express that our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate Cox Family.”
Defending PBR World Champion Bucking Bull Bushwacker.
The trainer for World Champion Bucking Bull, Bushwacker, will be on everyone’s mind this weekend in Arlington Texas. Bushwacker is set to be showcased at AT&T Stadium as part of the PBR’s Dr. Pepper Iron Cowboy event on Saturday and the RFD-TV’s American on Sunday. The American will make history as being the richest one day rodeo in the history of the sport but it does not stop there. Whoever the winner is on Sunday in the bull riding event is set to take a shot at riding Bushwacker as the bounty bull for an eight second ride for a cool one million dollars guaranteed for a qualified ride.
Trust me when I say this that it will not be the same without seeing Kent Cox behind the bucking chutes this weekend watching history be made as Bushwacker continues on his farewell tour. He is set to be retired at the end of the year after his final out at the 2014 PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. We will all have to wait and see what will happen with this animal athlete with the news of his trainers passing.
All of us at the Rodeo Round Up wish to express out deepest sympathies to the entire Cox family and all those that ever had the honor of meeting him. He will never be here in body but he will never be forgotten inside of a bull riding or rodeo arena and his legacy will continue to be strong.
Stay tuned to the Rodeo Round Up for any further news regarding the untimely passing or World Champion Bucking Bull Trainer Kent Cox as well as exclusive coverage throughout the entire weekend’s festivities.