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Monday 27 June 2005 @ 22:54 - GMT

Little Yellow Jacket's retirement announced

3-Time PBR World Champion Bull makes limited appearances through 2005

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3-time World Champion Bull Little Yellow Jacket will retire after the 2005 BFTS Season.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 20, 2005) - EJW has learned that Little Yellow Jacket will officially end his illustrious career at the 2005 Built Ford Tough World Finals, October 28-30 and November 3-6. 

For three years running Little Yellow Jacket has been voted by the top 45 bull riders in the world as the king of bucking bulls; no small feat in an industry that is producing more explosive and increasingly athletic four legged athletes with the passing of each PBR season.

Little Yellow Jacket's statistics reflect the immortal legacy that he will leave behind. He has been successfully ridden by merely 12 of the elite Built Ford Tough Series' (BFTS) best during the course of 85 recorded tour outs. Little Yellow Jacket, who is nine in August, made his PBR debut as a three-year-old in 1999 and during the past six seasons has turfed the biggest names in the sport of professional bull riding to the delight of his legion of loyal fans. Little Yellow Jacket and 1997 PBR World Champion Michael Gaffney, who called him a premier athlete similar to Joe Namath or Joe Montana, teamed up on April 24, 2004 for an electrifying 96.5 point performance, which tied the highest score in PBR history formerly set by two-time PBR World Champion Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) and Bubba Dunn (Alexandria, La.).

Of course, music fans know about the animal because one of his owners is Bernie Taupin. But the lyricist has probably been occupied by matters closer to home, having celebrated the birth of a new daughter with his wife, Heather, on May 14.