Black Gold Derby & Double Down Futurity Winners Announced

The UBBI Black Gold Derby is quickly becoming one of the most talked about bucking bull events in the industry and with the addition of the Double Down Futurity and Team competition it’s becoming one of the largest.

“The Black Gold Derby is a revolutionary concept allowing members to obtain a Lifetime or Lottery position in order to compete each year.  That created value!”, explained Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI.  “By expanding the event to include the Double Down Futurity and Team competition we’ve increased that value and added more fun and excitement to the event this year and for year’s to come!”

The UBBI Double Down Futurity is a simple concept allowing Black Gold Derby participants to “double down” by entering a futurity bull and paying another $1350 entry fee and a $300 Team entry fee.  With 100 derby bulls and 100 futurity bulls entered, both events would have identical payouts and paid $25,000 to win each contest.  If a team’s Derby bull would have won the Derby and it’s Futurity bull win the Futurity, that team would have one an additional $10,000 Double Down Bonus sponsored by Sycamore Springs Ranch.  The Team competition was an added value, teaming a Derby and Futurity bull together and paying back 100% the $300 Team entry fees.  The top four teams divided up $14,700 in prize money check this year.

Top Fuel from Chad Dodson/D'Lynn Lee winning the Double Down Futurity. Photo by Gautreau

The weekend’s activities started on Thursday evening with a Breeder’s Reception and complimentary dinner followed by the 2014 Black Gold Derby Lottery and Presentation of the Futurity & Derby bulls.

“This year we had 4 Lifetime positions become available,” explained Randy Schmutz.  “We decided to auction 2 of them and use those proceeds to help fund the awards for the UBBI Youth Futurity Finale. We also felt that would help determine a value for Lifetime positions in the future!  We placed the other two Lifetime positions in the Lottery draw and the first two Lottery applicants drawn received a Lifetime spot.

Gary Keel purchased the first Lifetime position for $1,050 and new Canadian members Kyle and Shawnene Wallgren purchased the second position for $1,100 raising $2,150 for the Youth.  In the Lottery drawing, 3 Bar Bucking Bulls from Granbury got the first Lifetime spot and Ronnie Chism Farm & Ranch received the other.  Twenty Lottery positions and 3 alternates were then drawn for the 2014 event.

Rex Samford accepting the Tres Rios Champion Buckle and 1st Place Check for the Double Down Futurity. Photo by Gautreau

Friday morning the Futurity competition got underway and 51 bulls duked it out until bull #298 Top Fuel owned by new members Chad Dodson/D’Lynn Lee found himself at the top of the heap with a score of 89.5 points and a Double Down Futurity check for $12,500.  Carpenter & Hudgins finished 2nd with bull #CB138 Cracker Jack, scoring 89.25 points and earned $7,500.  Third place went to bull #250 War Tank picking up a check for $5,500 and 4th place went to Mississippi’s Shallow Creek Bucking Bulls with bull #102 Hey Jack, scoring 88.75 points and a check for $4,500.  The Double Down Futurity paid 12 places.

This year’s Derby competition was considered one of the toughest all year with 94 of the top 3 year olds from across the country battling it out.  UBBI members from Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Indiana, North Carolina and Canada gathered to see who had the best 3 year old.  Although only 94 bulls were entered, 96 entry fees were paid and $96,000 was paid out with $25,000 going to the winner!

Jerry Rush (Sycamore Springs Ranch) and Randy Schmutz presenting Paul & Lorie Daniel, Paul's daughter Chasiti and son-in-law Mitch with the buckle and $25k check at the Black Gold Derby. Photo by Gautreau

Paul & Lorie Daniel (Flying D) along with their partner, Spring Creek Ranch and their bull #00 Crazy Mother Trucker held onto the first place position after 93 other bulls challenged their 89.5 point score and picked up the $25,000 Black Gold check!  Kevin Loudamy along with Steve Ferguson and Jay Weddle and Donny Gowin (Superior Genetics) really put the pressure on with their superstar bull #040 Skid Row, producing an 89 point score, earning $11,000.

“We’re really proud of Skid Row,” stated Kevin Loudamy. “He’s only been bucked 6 times and he gets better every time!”

Larry Barker (Barker Bulls) from New Mexico finished 3rd with bull #022 Recovery Time, scoring 88.75 points and a check for $8,000 and finishing in the top 4 was another Barker Bull with partners Bob & Jeri Adams, #3728 Yellow Hair with a score of 88 points and receiving a check for $6,000.  The Black Gold Derby paid 25 places.

Crazy Mother Trucker from Flying D/Spring Creek Ranch winning the Black Gold Derby. Photo by Gautreau

The Team competition got really interesting with the pairings and the end results.  Participants had to designate their Team pairings before the start of the Futurity on Friday morning.  Shallow Creek Bucking Bulls paired their futurity bull Hey Jack who finished 4th with Ronnie Chism Farm & Ranch derby bull Little Z who finished 9th and 10th for a combined total of 175.75 points.  The team earned $5,800.  In second place was Amigo II (7th Futurity) from Stoltzfus Cattle and Quick Shot (5/6 Derby) from Curtis Leschyshn and 4G Ranch earning $4,200 with a combined score of 175 points.  Splitting third and fourth place was Hou’s Drinkin Water (21/27 Futurity) from Flyin D/Spring Creek Ranch and Crazy Mother Trucker (1st Derby) from Flyin D/Spring Creek Ranch and Chicken Hawk 7 (11th Futurity) and Karaoke (5/6 Derby) Elite Buckin Bulls/Mike White.  Both teams had combined scores of 174.25 and earned $2,350.

What a great weekend!  With the Black Gold Derby, Double Down Futurity and Team Competition over $161,000 was awarded to UBBI members and over $7,000 was raised for this year’s UBBI Youth Futurity Finale awards!

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