Diamond S Bucking Bulls Wins $20,000

Diamond S Bucking Bulls #2125 winning UBBI National Finals. Photo by Gautreau

Anticipation hung thick in the air inside the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane Friday morning. The chutes literally trembled with the power of the Top 50 Futurity Qualifiers at the UBBI National Finals. The elite field of two-year-old bucking bulls showed off their skills rider-less, with a “Bucking Dummy” strapped to their backs. The bulls’ owners watched anxiously, with, not just a Year-End World Championship title on the line, but also a Finals Championship, and $77,500 in prize money. The sum, which includes a $10,000 Finals Champion bonus, made the day’s first place win worth $20,000 alone.

Coming into the finals, Rocky Mountain High, a bull owned by husband and wife team, Dennis and Jan Owens, outpaced the rest of the pack by almost $3,000. However, with so much money on the line, the leader was nowhere near safe in his bid for the Year-End title. Two other bulls ranked in the Top 10 going into the finals, the #7 ranked bull, Prewitt & Barrett’s Stormy Nights, garnered 87.25 points. Wolfe Rodeo & Scott Cattle’s Sweet Emotion, scored an impressive 89.0 points and finished second. Sweet Emotion was joined by Make it Rain, Owens & Parson, with an 88.25 and Barrett/Wallgren/Komant’s bull Forcos Dirty Little Secret, who scored an 88 and landed in the #5 spot.

Shane Dunham accepting the Finals Champion buckle on behalf of Diamond S Bucking Bulls. Photo by Brewer

But Rocky Mountain High clung tight to his dynamite season by scoring an 88.5 and picking up a Finals check for $5,500 for a third place finish.

The real upset came from Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Diamond S 2125, who came into the finals ranked #20, but leaped his way to the highest score of the day at 89.75. The performance cinched the bull a first place check and the Finals Champion title and a total of  $20,000.

Though he had done well the last event of the tour, he had been somewhat hit or miss throughout part of the season, explained handler, Shane Dunnam. “He really came on and did it when it counted today. He’s got a lot of kick. He gets off the ground, so the judges, they like that. This was one of his better trips,’ Dunnam said. Not counting the $10,000 bonus money, finals earnings for Diamond S 2125 totaled out at a hefty $10,000 and placed him second overall in the World Standings with a season total of $13,321.

For Jan and Dennis Owens, Rocky Mountain High’s win as World Champion, is a peak of its own in the pair’s long history with bucking stock. They cite the benefits of their team dynamic as a couple.

“It’s really good, because we both enjoy the same thing. It’s something we can do together. You don’t see a whole lot of that,” said Dennis.

Dennis & Jan Owens winning the UBBI Futurity World Championship with bull #291 Rocky Mountain High. Photo by Brewer

In the beginning, Dennis and Jan bucked Rocky Mountain High to the left side, but he always ended up back to the right, so they made the switch on his deliver and explained that he’s been raking in the money ever since.

“He’s won us a lot of money this year and a trailer from Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers. He did really well today. He did everything we expected him to do,” they said. The powerful display from the Rocky Mountain High even ended with him taking a shot at the Dummy laying on the ground, as if to say. . . .“I’m the World Champion!”.

With the finals money coming in at $5,500 for the Owens’ Bull, he finished with a season total of $16,520.50.

The Top 10 bulls of the day will be invited back to buck at a special Bonus Round on Saturday night during the final performance of the UBBI, Inc. and Don Gay Bull Riding Tour Finals.

So hold on, there’s still a lot of excitement left!

Top 5 National Finals Futurity Results:

  1. Diamond S 2125, Diamond S Bucking Bulls -89.75, $10,000 ( + $10,000 bonus)
  2. Sweet Emotion, Nathan Wolfe & Scott Cattle, – 89.0, $7,500
  3. Rocky Mountain High, Dennis & Jan Owens- 88.5, $5,500
  4. Make It Rain, Owens & Parson- 88.25, $4,500
  5. Forcos Dirty Little Secret- 88.0, $4,000

Top-5 Year-End World Standings / Season Totals

  1. Rocky Mountain High – Dennis & Jan Owens- $16,520.50
  2. Diamond S 2125 – Diamond S Bucking Bulls – $13,321.00
  3. Sweet Emotion – Nathan Wolfe & Scott Cattle  – $12,528.40
  4. Dixie Dynamite – Shippy Rodeo Bulls/ Mic & Diane Taylor – $9,117.30
  5. Stormy Nights – Prewitt & Barrett – $8,821.94

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