2015 Spring Spectacular Winners Announced

2015 Spring Spectacular Derby Winners with there new award jackets. Photo by Gautreau

The 11th Annual UBBI Spring Spectacular found itself in a new home in Locust Grove, Oklahoma for it’s 2015 edition and it proved once again to be a “spectacular” event! Jerry Rush, the owner of the Sycamore Springs Ranch Arena rolled out the red carpet and made everyone feel right at home from the git go! After checkin was complete on Friday afternoon the activities started inside the Sycamore Springs Ranch Mule Barn with food, fellowship and fun!

“Wow! It’s always great to see everyone come and have a good time,” stated Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. “I must say that watching people really enjoy themselves at our events is the most gratifying feeling. We had a really good crowd at the Breeders Social and I wanna say a BIG thank you to John & Mary McDonald with Rawhide Portable Corral for their hospitality in support of our activities on Friday night!”

Bull #292 St Jude from Dennis & Jan Owens winning the Derby. Photo by Gautreau

The weekend’s competition began with the Derby on Friday night with 50 three year old bulls. Breeders from as far away as Minnesota, Idaho, Kansas and Arkansas traveled to Locust Grove, Oklahoma to try and win the big money and a new Tres Rios Silver championship buckle. The Derby paid 10 places and found Dennis & Jan Owens on top with their bull #292 St Jude, scoring 89 points and earning $3162 in prize money. Tracy Williams with TLW Bucking bulls had a lot of success on Friday, placing two bulls in top 4. Bull #274 Blood Brother finished in 2nd place with an 87.75 point score and bull #2146 Honky Tonk split 4th/5th with Rockin J Bucking Bulls’ #7 First Instinct. Both bulls scored 86.75 points. In between and in 3rd place was Sellers Bucking Bulls with bull #204 putting up 87 points. Other top 10 finishers included Jenkins Cattle Company’s bull #62Z Deadly Uppercut; Chase Foutch/James Morton’s bull #2604 Remember the Name; bull #302 Sweet Emotion from Wolfe Rodeo & Scott Cattle; bull #X210 Not So Sober from Jenkins Cattle Company and Little Acres finished 10th with their bull #912 Bird of Paradise.

A Super Series bonus check is awarded to Chase Foutch from Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers. Photo by Gautreau

The Futurity was packed with lots of excitement, including the Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers Futurity Super Series and the UBBI’s introduction of the new United Futurity League (UFL) team competition (see related story). There were 77 two year olds entered into the UBBI’s Open Futurity. In addition, 56 of the 77 bulls were enrolled into the Super Series and were eligible for additional bonus money and points toward winning a new aluminum trailer from Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers.

“It’s always exciting for us to kick off the Futurity Super Series,” shared Randy Schmutz. “This unique series gives members a chance to be a part of a “side pot” with a one-time $300 entry fee. That money is all put together and paid back 100% and divided equally at each of the 3 selected Super Series Futurity events. The Top 4 highest placing bulls that are enrolled into the Super Series win bonus checks! ¬†And we also held our first of 6 UFL Team competitions this weekend! What a weekend full of Futurity excitement!”

It didn’t take long to set the pace in the Futurity. The fifth Futurity bull to compete, bull #3706 from WTF/Ready or Not Bucking Bulls/Chase & Marty Foutch posted a score of 89.75 points and the race was on! The little black bull not only won first place and $4754 in prize money, he was also enrolled in the Super Series and gathered up another $2240 in bonus money. Bull #3706 had a total haul of $6994 plus he was a part of the 5th place UFL Team and shared in an additional $3000 in prize money! He did that while bucking only one time and his score counting in the Open Futurity, the Super Series and the UFL Team competition. Finishing as Reserve Champion by only a .25 point was bull #29A Magic Maker from D&H Cattle Company scoring 89.5 points. In 3rd place was Dennis & Jan Owens bull #247 with a score of 89 points and rounding out the top 4 was Nathan Wolfe’s bull #30 Pow Tow with an 87.75 point marking. Each of the top 4 bulls were enrolled in the Super Series and received their share of $5600 in bonus cash.

Other members placing in the top 10 were Jay Hudgins; Strickland/Melton Bull Co/Bar C Bucking Bulls; McCoy Ranches; DAM Cattle Company and Mike Rawson/Chase Foutch. With 77 entries the event paid 15 places.

TLW Bucking Bulls "Big Cat" getting some big air on the way to his second event win. Photo by Gautreau

The Classic on Saturday night always seems to have it’s own bit of charisma. The bulls are bigger, stronger, smarter and more experienced and it shows. There were 29 four year olds competing for top honors and only one qualified 8 second ride. At the completion of event there was a familiar name at the top of the score card. Bull #-147 Big Cat from TLW Bucking Bulls posted an 89.25 point outing to win the event and $2501 and a Tres Rios Silver buckle! This was Big Cat’s second event win of the year and brings his total season earnings to $7477, placing him #1 in the UBBI Classic competition! Sellers Bucking Bulls’ #126 Hood Rat produced an 87.75 score for second place finish and bull #110 WhataBurger from DAM Cattle Company finished 3rd with 87.5 points. The event paid 5 places and finishing in 4th was Scott Winston/Melton Bull Company’s bull #161 Firehouse and in 5th place was Jerry & Aaron Halpain’s bull #1786 Fistful of Dollars.

For the past 10 years the Spring Spectacular has treated everyone who comes and competes like royalty, and this year was no exception. Every member entering a bull received a UBBI Spring Spectacular ball cap and the Top 10 in each event also received a custom denim award coat. And everyone is already talking about the 12th Annual Spring Spectacular in 2016!


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