The bulls at last year’s Gold Standard Futurity were outstanding and Houla Hoop from Gene Baker & J&J Supply and Circle City from Mike Trimble and his daughter Amanda Deweese split $65,000 and the win at the 2011 UBBI Gold Standard presented by Chisholm Trail Casino. Both breeders will return to Duncan this year to defend their titles. The competition is expected to be tough with 150 Futurity bulls slated to compete from 19 different states.
“Anytime you have $150,000 up for grabs and a $50,000 first place check, the competition is gonna travel from far and wide to get a chance at that kind of money,” stated Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. “We’ve got breeders from as far west as California and east from Virginia and even New York state!”
Last year Gene Baker didn’t have far to travel from Anson, Texas but the Trimble family drove all the way from Indiana. The trip was well worth it.
“We’ve been buying good genetics from notable breeders in the southern part of the country for some time,” explained Mike Trimble. “We’re just excited to be able to compete with these bulls for this kind of money. The hard work and time has paid off!”
The event will kick off Friday evening with a Welcome Reception hosted by Two Bulls Productions and Jim McLain and Mike Sellers. The evening will include dinner, a Calcutta and drawing for twenty 2013 Gold Standard Lottery Positions.
“Last year’s Welcome Reception was really a lot of fun,” explained Jim McLain. “We had a great turn out, a great Calcutta and it was fun to visit and just relax and enjoy everybody before the competition!”
The event will once again feature a 6 judge system, throwing out the high and the low scores. Again this year, the judges will be given the opportunity to evaluate each bull “live” and once with instant replay in “real time”.
Randy Schmutz explains, “Two Bulls and Omega Productions gives the audience and the judges an opportunity see the bulls twice. We did this at last year’s event and felt it worked really good.”
The Top 30 bulls will recieve their share of $150,000 and the winner will be awarded $50,000 and a Tres Rios Sivler Championship buckle. Each bull receiving a check will be age verified and tested for banned substances.
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the event this weekend. Dinner will be at 7:00 pm at the Scarlett Center on Highway 82. The Futurity will start at 9:00 am on Saturday morning.