The 2014 UBBI National Finals Rolls Into Kansas

UBBI National Finals Awards. Photo by Gautreau

The 4th Annual UBBI National Finals will return to the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas just south of Wichita on September 25-27! The stage is set and the bulls will begin arriving on Wednesday, September 24th. Over 100 different UBBI members from over 20 states will be bringing their best 150 two, three and four year old bulls to southern Kansas.

“We are looking forward to returning the Kansas Star Casino for our Finals this year,” said Jimmy Ray, co-owner of the UBBI.  “Last year we had a really good time and everyone had a lot of fun. We’re expecting more people to travel to Mulvane this year to enjoy this great event! We’ve got bulls coming from North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska, just to name a few. They’re coming from all over the United States and we’re excited!’

The event will feature 50 Derby bulls on Thursday night and 50 Classic bulls on Friday night.  The Top 25 Derby and Top 25 Classic bulls will compete again in a second round on Saturday night to determine the average champions and top 25 in each category will get a check.  The Finals Champion (average winner) will earn a $10,000 bonus check in addition to a $10,000 first place event check.  This year, the Finals will once again pay go-round money to each of the Top 4 bulls in the Derby and Classic in each of two rounds.

“The breeders have supported what we’re doing and we’re giving back,” explained Randy Schmutz, the general manager of the UBBI.  “The regular season Derby and Classic entry fees include an additional $50. That money is used each year to create a bull rider added money fund for the Don Gay Bull Riding Tour events.  The UBBI put up $2500 added money at each event and the added money fund puts up $2500 at each event. Any remaining money in that fund at the end of the regular season is paid out as go-round money in the Derby & Classic at the year-end Finals!’

Fifty (50) Futurity bulls will compete on Friday morning at 9am inside the Kansas Star Arena.  The two year old bulls will buck once to determine the Finals Champion, Year-end World Champion and Top 25 will get a check. The Finals Champion in the Futurity will win $10,000 in event money and will also receive a $10,000 Finals Champion bonus check!

“This year we have an added treat in the Futurity at our Finals,” explained Schmutz. “At the completion of the Futurity on Friday morning and after we’ve crowned our champions, the Top 10 Futurity bulls will be given the option to buck their bulls again on Saturday night during the final performance in front of a packed house! Entry fee for the Bonus Round is $675 and that will be paid back 100% (1st – $3375; 2nd – $2025; 3rd – $1350) to the Top 3 Futurity bulls on Saturday night!’

Check-in for all bulls begins on Wednesday and will continue until 2 o’clock on Thursday.  A mandatory breeder meeting will be held from 3 to 4:00 pm on Thursday in the Kansas Star Arena grandstands.  Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and the Futurity will be on Friday morning at 9am.  The UBBI National Finals Awards Banquet and Lunch presented by Rawhide Portable Corral will be Saturday at noon. The banquet is free to all Finals participants.

“John & Mary McDonald from Rawhide Portable Corral have really stepped it up for us this year,” stated Randy Schmutz. “They are providing our awards luncheon free of charge to all of our Finals participants and they are giving away a Rawhide Portable Corral!”

The Top 15 Finalists in the Futurity, Derby and Classic after the first round of competition will be placed into a drawing for the Rawhide Portable Corral. That drawing will take place at this year’s UBBI National Finals Awards Banquet.

Buckle up and hang on tight, it’s gonna be a wild ride at the Kansas Star Casino! Congratulations to everyone and Good Luck to all of this year’s UBBI National Finalists!

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