Champions Crowned at the Black Gold Derby & Double Down Futurity

David Floyd, Greg Simino and Casey Simino accept the Black Gold Derby Buckle and check for $20,000. Photo by Gautreau

The UBBI Black Gold Derby celebrated it’s 4th year in 2014 and once again some of the best 3 year old bulls in the industry gathered to see who would leave with the first place check of $20,000.  In addition to the Black Gold Derby, the event schedule also included the Double Down Futurity and Team competition again and added the Rhinestone Renegades Women’s UBBI Futurity event this year.

“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! We were very excited to add the Women’s Futurity this year as well.”

The UBBI Double Down Futurity allowed Black Gold Derby participants to “double down” by entering a futurity bull and paying another $1350 entry fee and a $300 Team entry fee. The Team competition was an added value, teaming a Derby and Futurity bull together and paying back 100% the $300 Team entry fees.  This year’s Team competition attracted 40 Derby/Futurity Teams and paid back $12,000 to the top 6 teams.

The weekend’s activities started on Thursday evening with a Breeder’s Reception and complimentary dinner

Randy Schmutz and Joy Hawks present (from left to right) Martha Kay Sanders, Michelle Cash and Megan Downer their Rhinestone Renegades champion Buckles. Photo by Gautreau

followed by the 2014 Black Gold Derby Lottery and Presentation of the Futurity & Derby bulls.

“This year we had a number of Lifetime positions become available,” explained Randy Schmutz.  “We decided to once again auction 2 of them and use those proceeds to help fund the awards for the UBBI Youth Futurity Finale. We placed the other Lifetime positions in the Lottery drawing and the first Lottery applicants drawn received a Lifetime spot.”

Tyson Barnes with Smokin B Land & Cattle purchased a Lifetime position and new member Betty Finnell also purchased a Lifetime position, both for $1000 raising $2000 for the Youth Finale awards.

Jailhouse Jr winning the Rhinestone Renegades Women's Futurity. Photo by Gautreau

Friday morning the Futurity competition got underway and 15 Rhinestone Renegades tied the knot in their flanks to determine which of the women would earn money at Locust Grove, Oklahoma.  Michelle Cash was given the opportunity to use Ricky Carpenter’s bull #262 Jailhouse Jr and placed first in the 1D bracket with a score of 86.5 points and earned $1012.  Sharon Carpenter who flanked B-B Bucking Bulls’ #2007, won second place in the 1D and picked up a check for $675. The Women’s Futurity competition is paid off as a 3D competition and the 2nd and 3rd D’s are determined by dropping 3 points from the #1 bull score for the 2D winners and another 3 points from that position to determine the 3D winners.

Placing 1st place in the 2D was Kansas teenager, Martha Kay Sanders who flanked bull #23 Shonuff and scoring 83.5 points, picked up the check for $607. Finishing 2nd in the 2D was a new Rhinestone Renegade member, Betty Finnell from Elk City, Oklahoma. Her bull #213 Freckles scored 83.5 points and won $405. The 3D winners were Megan Downer with bull #6 As Seen On TV with a score of 80.5. She won $405. And Karen Shaw with her bull #MLB20 Cutie Pie with a score of 77.5 points, winning $270.

The Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity Finale will be hosted in Palestine, Texas on August 23rd. Eligible participants are any female contestant who has participated in a Rhinestone Renegades UBBI event during the 2014 season. Eligible bulls must have entered and competed as a two year old bull in a Rhinestone Renegades event.

Forty-one bulls participated in the Double Down Futurity and this year’s event paid out $41,000 and was divided

Red Rocket from Broken Arrow Farms winning the Double Down Futurity and $10,000. Photo by Gautreau

among the top 10 places. When the Oklahoma red dirt settled Broken Arrow Farms from Missouri collected a check for $10,000 for first place with bull #S232 Red Rocket, scoring 90 points. Red Rocket has earned $15,440 in UBBI cash with $5440 in UBBI Finals qualifier earnings and is currently ranked #9 in the standings. Bob Schaaf and Gene Baker were reserve champions with their bull #233 Duroc, scoring 88.5 points and earning $7130. Finishing in 3rd place was Sweet Emotion owned by Nathan Wolfe & Scott Cattle and rounding out the top 4 was Bull #111 from Parsons/Owens. Also earning checks were Jerry & Aaron Halpain; John & Sydnee Donaho; Wallgren/Komat/Barrett; On the Edge Bucking Bulls; Rocking R Bucking Bulls and Rafter 3S & Donaho.

This year’s Derby competition was considered one of the toughest all year with 84 of the top 3 year olds from across the country battling it out.  UBBI members from the United States and Canada gathered to see who had the best 3 year old.  With 84 entries, $84,000 was paid out with $20,000 going to the winner! The event paid 20 places.

Clever Kevin winning the Black Gold Derby. Photo by Gautreau

Forty-two 3 year old bulls started the competition on Friday night and at the end of the first performance it was bull #169 Clever Kevin from Simino/Floyd who posted a score of 88.75 points to lead the pack. Other top 5 bulls after the completion of the Friday night performance were #793T Decoded from Walker Bucking Stock; #140 Spring Fever from Dee Bland/Wolf Creek Cattle; #114 Midnight Bender from John McDonald and #117 Playgun from from Cord McCoy/2 Bit Bucking Bulls.

The action continued on Saturday afternoon with the remaining 42 bulls and it was a fight to the finish. Carpenter & Vongontard’s bull #CH126 Cowtown Rock set the pace as the fourth bull to buck on Saturday by posting a score of 88.5 points which ultimately placed him second overall. Other Top 5 performers on Saturday were bull #110 What A Burger from DAM Cattle Company; #1R4 Little Bit Rowdy from McConnell’s Bucking Cattle; #CH138 Cracker Jack from Carpenter & Hudgins and #1137 Cowbanger from Barrett & Prewitt.

When all was complete, Clever Kevin held onto 1st place and earned the check for $20,000 and Cowtown Rock was crowned the reserve champion with a score of 88.5 points and picked up a check for $12,000! See Complete Black Gold Results

The Team competition was really exciting with the pairings and the end results.  Participants had to designate their Team pairings before the start of the Futurity on Friday morning.  Broken Arrow Farms paired their futurity bull Red Rocket, who finished 1st in the Futurity with a score of 90 points, with Up North Cattle’s Derby bull Make It Here who finished 33rd with a score of 85.5 points, for a combined total of 175.75 points.  The team earned $3360.  In second place was Lumpy (6th/7th Futurity) from John & Sydnee Donaho and What A Burger (3rd/5th Derby) from DAM Cattle Company earning $2640 with a combined score of 174.25 points. Other team winners were Futurity bull #111 from Parsons/Owens with Derby bull Come On Baby from Cord McCoy/Tim Doughterty; Futurity bull Duroc from Schaaf/Baker and Derby bull California Kid from Dee Bland/Wolf Creek Cattle; Futurity bull Forco’s Dirty Little Secret from Wallgren/Komat/Barrett and Derby bull Little Jacob from Bean Counter Bucking Bulls and in 6th place was Futurity bull Scary Larry from Simino/Floyd and Derby bull Lester Gillis from Frontier/Folds/Ray/Strickland.

In other related news, it was disclosed that an age ineligible bull was entered to compete in the Black Gold Derby. After review it was confirmed and the bull was disqualified and entry fees were forfeited. The bull also competed in a regular season UBBI Derby event and won money. The bull was also disqualified from that event and prize money will be returned and distributed to eligible placing bulls.

It was a fun and exciting weekend!  With the Black Gold Derby, Double Down Futurity and Team Competition and Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity, over $140,000 was awarded to UBBI members!

View Black Gold Derby Results

View Double Down Futurity Results

View Women’s Futurity Results

View Team Results

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