Results from First UBBI Event of the 2014 Season

UBBI members from as far away as South Dakota, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana converged on Palestine, Texas for the first event of the 2014 season.  Of course, there were also members from Texas and Oklahoma as well.  Seventy-three derby, 42 classic and 106 futurity bulls, for a total of 221 individual bulls competed for almost $57,000 in prize money.

Jim Porter accepting the Tres Rios Silver championship buckle on behalf of partners Dennis & Jan Owens, winning the Derby. Photo by Gautreau

“The number of bulls participating this early in the season is phenomenal,” stated Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI.  “But more than that, I’m more excited that the Don Gay Bull Riding Tour attracted 63 bull riders on Friday and 44 bull riders on Saturday!”

In the derby on Friday, Jim Porter (Short Creek Bucking Bulls) stepped back into the winner’s circle together with Dennis & Jan Owens and their bull #113 Lurch.  The big grey bald-faced bull posted an 89.25 point score to win first place and $3987.  Lurch held off his closest competitor, bull #Sc13 Whitey McCracker owned by Nothin’ But Try Ranch (Chad & Jenny Drury) putting up a score of 89 points.  Finishing in 3rd place was the big red machine, bull #171 Boudin Man from Cormier Cattle Company.  Seventy-three derby bulls competed and 14 bulls received prize money.

Bull #48 Willard owned by 2 H Buckin' Bullz (Scott Hughes) winning the Futurity. Photo by Gautreau

The futurity on Saturday morning proved that the two year old class was going to be tough from day one this season. One-hundred six bulls competed for a 20 place payout.  When all was said and done, it was Scott Hughes and his 2 H Buckin’ Bullz program walking away with the Tres Rios Silver championship buckle and the check for $3816.  Bull #48 Willard posted an 89 point score to win first place.  This was Willard’s second appearance at a UBBI sanctioned event.  Scott Hughes’ superstar finished second at the UBBI Pre-Futurity event last November.  With an 88.5 point score, Flying D’s bull #208 Y Hell Yea placed second and in 3rd place was Scott & Heather Burleson/Flying D’s bull #207 Case Closed with a score of 88.25 points.

The classic bulls proved that it can get a little tougher on Saturday night!  The 4 year olds bring a little more size, strength and attitude and they definitely put on a show for us all.  McCoy Ranches (Denny McCoy) brought his favorite bull #014 Spear My Gear and left with a smile on his face and a new Tres Rios Silver championship buckle on his belt.  Spear My Gear put up an 88.5

McCoy Ranches' bull #014 Spear My Gear winning the Classic event in Palestine. Photo by Gautreau

point effort and bucked off Clint Craig to earn 1st place honors and $2898.  In second place was bull #00 Crazy Mother Trucker owned by Flying D/Spring Creek Ranch with a score of 88 points and finishing in 3rd place was JC Knapp with his bull #61 Black Warfare with a score of 87.5 points.

On Friday, the day of the event in Palestine, UBBI management announced that bulls in each of the futurity, derby and classic events would be tested for banned substances as per the UBBI Drug Testing Policy.  Samples were collected from the top 3 bulls in each class.  Prize money checks will be mailed after confirming drug testing results.


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