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Two-time PBR Championship Bucking Bull Smooth Operator has passed away

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Chad Berger Bucking Bulls has announced that he has lost one of his best bulls. Smooth Operator has passed away.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. No age was provided on the Bull’s age.

Smooth Operator
Smooth Operator (Photo by the PBR)

Smooth Operator won the 2019 and 2020 PBR World Championship for Bucking Bulls. Julie Rosen, Clay Struve, and Dakota Rodeo also owned the Bull outside of Chad Berger.

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“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of 2019 and 2020 PBR World Champion Bucking Bull, Smooth Operator,” Chad Burger Bucking Bull said in a Facebook post. “He had the heart of a champion and he sure did prove it. 001 made 8 trips to the PBR World Finals, recorded 130 outs, [and] had an 89.9% buck-off percentage. [He] was the oldest bull to win a World Championship and he earned two of them! It’s not very often a bull-like him comes along, but we were extremely honored to have him and experience the exciting ride he took us on! He will be missed.”

Smooth Operator, according to, was last used at the 2021 PBR World Finals. Derek Kolbaba was the last to ride him.

The bull received a 38.5 bull score, the site reported. He had a buck-off time at 5.52.

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Smooth Operator appeared in 109 events. The Bull competed on tour as a bucking bull from 2014 through 2021.

The Bull’s first appearance was at the BFTS in Oklahoma City in 2014. Douglas Duncan was the first to ride the Bull to a 42 bull score.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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