Archive for March, 2012

2012 2nd Annual Salina Challenge UBBI Event

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Tyler & Larry McConnell accepting the Tres Rios Buckle for the Futurity win!

Breeders from 12 different states and as far away as New Mexico, North Dakota and Wisconsin gathered in Salina, Kansas for the 2nd Annual Salina Challenge UBBI Event.  In 2012, the UBBI added a Futurity to the event with 32 entries.  Along with an increased interest in the Derby and Classic, the event attracted 93 bulls. 

The Derby kicked things off on Friday night and Kephart Bucking Bulls earned the win with bull #911 scoring 88.75 points.  Kephart pocketed $2576 and a Championship Buckle from Tres Rios Silver Buckles.  Finishing second was Dale Glory’s #646 Living the Dream with a score of 88.25 points and in third was Flenniken/Bowman/Moore’s #965 Under Cover Brother with a score of 88 points. 

The weekend’s activities continued with the 5th Annual New Frontier Rodeo Production Sale offering for sale, an outstanding group of 86 two, three and four year old bulls.  The highest selling lot was #61, purchased by JATT Bucking Bulls for $18,500. 

UBBI action continued with the Futurity at 3 pm and 32 two year old bulls showed their stuff with McConnell Bucking Bulls #-110 winning first place with a score of 87 points and a check for $2016.  Larry McConnell also proudly accepted the buckle from Tres Rios Buckle.  Finishing in second was PBJ Cattle #046 with a score of 86 points and in third place was Paul Daniel/Lorie Barbare’s #X18 You Freakin’ Kiddin’ Me with a score of 85.25 points. 

The Classic proved to be as tough as ever with 29 bulls and Black Betty finished on top with a score of 88.75 points and a check for $2501 and a Tres Rios Silver Buckle.  Splitting second and third was Kephart Bucking Bull’s #805 Eye Witness and Cooper & Mark Kanngeisser’s bull called Steriod with a scores of 88.5 points each. 

A big thank you to Jimmy Crowthers and John McDonald and everyone involved for their contributions to the success of the 2012 Salina Challenge.  We look forward to returning to Kansas in 2013!


No Mickey Mouse Outfit Here

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Marlene Henry's #81 Mickey Mouse. Photo by Gautreau.

Marlene Henry’s bull #81 Mickey Mouse was injured last year at the final regular season UBBI event and unable to compete at the UBBI National Finals.  After winning the Nutty Jerry’s UBBI event in September with a 90 point score, Mickey Mouse has been laid off, resting and rehabilitating.  Obviously he’s back in Championship form and ready to for the 2012 campaign.  Mickey Mouse won the Classic event in Winnie with a score of 90 points and earned $2760.  He beat 23 bulls.  Apache Moon from Rafter C/Kenny Granier finished 2nd with 88.25 points.  #20 Cajun Gator from Goodner Cattle Company and #302 Sic Em Sam from Oaks & Green split 3rd and 4th place with scores of 88 points. 

Frontier & Ray/Folds/Strickland’s #C46 Flyboy continued his winning ways beating 44 other Derby bulls.  Flyboy placed 4th in Mineral Wells and got the 1st place check and buckle in Winnie this month with a score of 89 points.  Flyboy’s check was $3107.  Paul Sparks (OKA Lusa Rodeo Stock) and his bull #97 Taz walked away with 2nd place honors with a score of 88.5 points.  Finishing 3rd was Wilson/Schmidt’s #X8 with a score of 87.25 points. 

The March Futurity at Nutty Jerry’s attracted 60 bulls and when the dust settled it was Tom & Tish Peterson’s bull #05 Modern Warfare with an 88.75 point score winning first place and $2700.  This was Tom & Tish’s second win in the past two events with two different Futurity bulls.  Splitting second and third place was Rockin’ M Cattle Company’s #042 Rollin’ Smoke and Guidry Land & Cattle’s #496.  Both posted scores of 87.25 points.  The Nutty Jerry’s Arena seems to suit Rollin’ Smoke.  He has finished 1st and 2nd at the first two Winnie events this season. 

The March event in Winnie featured 45 Derby, 24 Classic and 60 Futurity bulls for a total of 129 bulls!


David Wisener Passes Away In Tragic Truck Accident

Friday, March 16th, 2012
On Thursday afternoon, March15th the Bucking Bull Industry and Family lost a very special man in a tragic truck accident.  While traveling with bulls to the PBR Built Ford Tough event in Glendale, Arizona an eastbound tractor trailer crossed the median and hit a westbound tractor trailer head-on in front of David Wisener and then struck David’s truck.  David died instantly along with both of the drivers of the two semi’s and another passenger in one of those trucks.  The accident happened just outside of Midland, Texas.

David worked along side Chuck & Patti Griffith, owners of Lufkin Ranch & Rodeo for over a decade.  David was responsible for the day to day operation and took care of and flanked some of the most outstanding bulls in our industry.  Together with the Griffith family, David was instrumental in the success of the Lufkin Ranch & Rodeo breeding program.  This successful program recently produced UBBI World Champion Classic bull Geronimo (co-owned with Kevin Loudamy), Black Widow and Verdict, just to name a few.

David was known to all as the most easy-going, nicest guys and always the guy with a smile and a positive attitude.  David was a successful business owner and building contractor before becoming a full-time contributor to the Lufkin Ranch & Rodeo program.  Before that relationship, David was a bull rider and bull riding producer.  David built the “Wisener Arena” in Lufkin, Texas in the mid-1980’s, where he developed several notable bulls and was instrumental in the success of several bull riding careers.

David is survived by his daughter Haley and her husband Cory Burns, grandson Weston Burns, his son Jordan,  and his parents Don & Beth Wisener, sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and James Whittmore, brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Sharon Wisener and Kevin and Jerrie Wisener, mother of Hailey and Jordan, Leshia Johnson and husband Jamie and numerous nieces, nehews, other relatives and a host of friends. 

The funeral was held on Monday, March 19th at the Cross Timbers Cowboy Church in Lufkin, Texas.  David was laid to rest at the Fielder Cemetery in the Bald Hill Community, Angelina County, Texas.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Cross Timbers Cowboy Church at P.O. Box 118  Lufkin, Texas 75902.

On a personal note:

I was raised in East Texas, in the small town of Center about 60 miles from Lufkin.  I’ve known David Wisener for almost 30 years.  David built an arena in the mid-1980’s and began bucking bulls and providing bull riders opportunities to get on all levels of livestock.  I was one of those guys.  I was one of many who spent time with David and one that David helped along the way.  As he stepped into the next chapter of his life with Chuck & Patti Griffith, I had a chance to visit the Lufkin Ranch & Rodeo operation and recognized the undeniable passion David had for bucking bulls and the enthusiasm he showed for the future of the LRR program.  Now, after over a decade that passion and enthusiasm, shows up every time the LRR truck & trailer pulls up to an event.

I’ve been involved in our industry as an announcer, event producer and fellow breeder for over 20 years.  The ones who’ve made their mark in this business are those with passion and enthusiasm and David had that and more to spare.  I don’t know that I have ever seen David upset or question the outcome of any event or contest.  He always took the “not so good” as well as anyone I’ve ever met.  Our industry, our world and our lives will be changed forever with the absence of David Wisener.  He’s gone and our hearts will forever miss that smile from that boy from East Texas.

I know that David is sitting on the arena fence right now at the biggest bull riding in the universe right next to God and his son, Jesus Christ.  So long cowboy!

Randy Schmutz 

2012 UBBI Gold Standard Futurity Scheduled for April

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Gene Baker & Amanda Deweese. Winners at the 2011 UBBI Gold Standard Futurity

In 2011, Bucking Bull Breeders from across the United States gathered in Duncan, Oklahoma on April 30th to be a part of the first ever UBBI Gold Standard Futurity presented by Chisholm Trail Casino.  One-Hundred-Fifty two year old bucking bulls arrived from 21 different states including Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, California and Indiana, just to name a few.  With $150,000 up for grabs, everyone was excited and interested to see who would walk away with the $50,000 First Place check! 

Jim McLain and Mike Sellers with TwoBulls Productions rolled out lots of “red carpet” and gave all the Breeders more than their money’s worth and provided an experience that was positive from start to finish.  The event kicked off Friday evening with a welcome reception, steak dinner and Presentation of the Bulls hosted by the Duncan Golf & Country Club.  On Saturday at 10 am, the event started promptly and broke for a one-hour lunch after the first 75 bulls.  Everyone returned at 1:30 for the remaining 75 bulls and no one was disappointed.  TwoBulls Productions and United Bucking Bulls, Inc along with Omega Productions went the extra mile to provide the bull owners and fans video replay and real-time scoring. 

The 2012 UBBI Gold Standard Futurity is just around the corner and breeders are hurrying to get their bulls ready for the big event! 

“The Lifetime and Lottery positions put a unique and exciting spin on the event,” stated Randy Schmutz, the general manager of the UBBI.  “For those that don’t have a position in 2012, there’s still a chance that breeders can lease or purchase a spot for this year’s event from a position holder!”

Breeders that plan to lease or sell their positions this year are encouraged to contact the UBBI office.  “We’ve had several breeders express an interest in leasing spots to participate in the event this year,” explained Schmutz.  “Our office staff is willing to help those who have spots tot lease or have spots they want to lease, just give the UBBI office a call.”

Last year’s event paid out $150,000 and Indiana and Texas shared the win and split 1st and 2nd place and half of $65,000.  Mike Trimble and his daughter Amanda Deweese, with their bull #-9 Circle City split the win with J & J Supply/Gene Baker and bull #915 Houla Hoop.  Circle City is a Rooster Grandson and Houla Hoop is a son of the legendary Houdini.  Both bulls share White Sports Coat in their pedigrees and both bulls were marked 89 points for their extraordinary performances. Both breeders earned $37,500 each.

Check out Event Details now!

Don Gay Bull Riding Tour Launches New Website

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Shakey Waters from Show Sports Bulls/Jane Clark bucking at the Don Gay Bull Riding Tour Finals. Photo by Gautreau

The Don Gay Bull Riding Tour (DGBRT) was developed in 2011 to support the United Bucking Bulls, Inc (UBBI) bucking bull contest events and to give bull riders an opportunity to get on great bulls and earn good money. 

“Jerry Nelson & Jimmy Ray, owners of Frontier Rodeo Company, started the United Bucking Bulls, Inc last year to support the bucking bull breeders across the country,” stated Don Gay, Eight Time World Champion Bull Rider.  “We needed bulls riders, so we started the tour and have been very happy with it so far!”

The objective all along was to give bull riders a fair opportunity to get on really good bulls and reward those who did well.  Along the way the DGBRT has created some unique bonus programs that have caught the attention of bull riders across the country.

The 2011 season included 16 events last year with a Tour Finals in conjunction with the UBBI National Finals.  Over 200 bull riders participated and regular season pay-outs totaled over $117,000.  The top 30 CBR Horizon contestants and the top 20 Don Gay Bull Riding Tour contestants qualified for the Tour Finals.  The UBBI added $40,000 to the Tour Finals and the bull riders paid for insurance.  The Tour Finals included 3 go-rounds of competition and paid out a $1,000 “Rank Bull” Rider Bonus and over $12,000 in go-round money each night.

“It was a great Finals last year and we had some spectacular rides,” stated Randy Schmutz, general manager of the Don Gay Bull Riding Tour and the United Bucking Bulls, Inc.  “Forty Thousand dollars and a new truck to the Finals Champion. . . . .wow, that’s outstanding!”

Fifty contestants qualified for the Tour Finals and all were riding for a new Dodge pick-up from Truckville.  Ronny Kitchens won the average by riding all 3 bulls for 256 points. He won 6th place in the first two rounds and 3rd in the third and final round and pocketed $3,660 and was crowned the Don Gay Bull Riding Tour Finals Champion and received the keys to the brand new Dodge pick-up from Truckville.

Josh Barrentine, who was the leader of the Don Gay Bull Riding Tour, won the first two rounds with scores of 88.25 and 88.5 points and earned $8640 and looked unstoppable.  Barrentine won a total of $9120 at the finals and also won the Don Gay Bull Riding Tour Championship with over $17,000 in total earnings.

What’s unique about the Don Gay Bull Riding Tour is. . . .“If you ride a bull, you get paid!”

“If you make the whistle and earn a score, you’re gonna get paid,” explained Don Gay.  “It’s that simple.  If the event pays 6 places or 10 places and you place outside the pay-off you will get your fees back.  If your fees are $75, you get that back and that $75 dollars earned goes in your “money won” column and counts toward qualifying you for the Finals!  Now that’s good stuff!”

Another great program offered by the DGBRT is the “Rank Bull” Rider Bonus.  This is a bonus awarded to two cowboys each night who ultimately get on the “rankest” two bulls in that performance regardless of a qualified ride.

“We know these guys are getting on great bulls and they’re not always gonna make the whistle,” explained Schmutz.  “Usually the rankest bull on any given night is not gonna get ridden and that bull is gonna win the bucking bull contest.  We wanted the guys getting on those bulls to have an incentive to keep their hand shut and put some money in their pocket for the effort!”

“Rank Bull” Rider Bonuses also count toward qualifying for a spot at the Tour Finals.

There’s NO membership dues for bull riders.  Check out the new Website today and join us in 2012.