Bulls From Five Different Regions Compete in Salina

When the UBBI was founded, it had a goal to involve bucking bull breeders from across the United States.  In doing so, it divided the country into 6 different Regions to allow members to compete closer to their home in their Region and qualify as a Regional participant to the UBBI National Finals.

“We really wanted to create a system that would allow a member to compete close to home and not have to travel a long distance,” explained Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI.  “Literally a member could go to one Regional event and win money and qualify for the UBBI National Finals!”

The 2013 Salina Challenge in Salina, Kansas is located in the Northern Region.  This year UBBI members from all Regions were able to compete and count their money won in Salina as Region qualifying dollars.

“If you were from the Western Region and won money in Salina, that money won counted as Region qualifying dollars in the Western Region standings,” stated Schmutz.  “This allowed us to use a centrally located event as an All Region Qualifier.”

Participants from 5 of the 6 different UBBI Regions competed in Salina from as far away as Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois and North Dakota to name just a few.

UBBI members from the Southern, Northwest, Northern and Western Regions entered 30 Derby bulls in the Salina Challenge.  Box K Cattle bull #61 Pegasus finished on top with a score of 88.25 points and earned $2415.  Bull #037 Big Timber owned by High View Cattle Company was second with an 87.50 point score and finishing 3rd was another bull from Box K Cattle, #63 Half Nutz.  Bull #02 Justified from Allen Teller (Northwest), #095 Stitch from Kanngeisser Cattle Company (Northern), #014 Spear My Gear from McCoy Ranches & Tim Doughtery (Southern) and #370 Colonel Conagher from JW Bucking Bulls (Western) all got a piece of the Derby purse.

In the Classic, bull #09 Jiggit owned by Allen Teller from the Northwest Region beat 31 other 4 year olds to finish first with 88.25 points and earn $2576.  Jason Aduddell’s bull #928 Party Bus (Southern) was second with 88 points.  McConnell Bucking Bulls and their partners Kenny Vaught, Don Fox and Mickey Robinson picked up 3 of the top 6 checks with #901 For Sale; #646 Living the Dream and #495 Big Money (All Northern).  Tommy Scates from Illinois split 5/6/7 with bull #54 Mud (Midwest) and also finishing 5/6/7 was Bryan Smith’s #96 Neon Ocean (Northern).

The Futurity featured 22 bulls and when the dust settled McConnell Bucking Bulls and their partners K.S. Bucking Bulls and G&P Bucking Bulls (Northern) cashed 3 of the 4 place checks for a total of $3465.  Bryan Smith finished 2nd with bull #126 Cool Powder (Northern) and picked up a check for $1485.

Plans are now being made to re-schedule the Salina Challenge to a weekend in April and also make this event an annual All Region Qualifier.

“We really believe the Salina Challenge has the potential to be a really big event for our UBBI members in this area,” stated Randy Schmutz.  “Moving the dates to April will give members a few more weeks to get bulls ready to perform.  The more bulls we have entered, the bigger the purse and the better the event!”

The UBBI would also like to congratulate Jimmy Crowther on another great bull sale and thank Jimmy, Darla and the entire New Frontier Rodeo Company crew for all of their help during the event!


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