The Stage is Set for the 2013 UBBI National Finals

UBBI file photo. Photo by Gautreau

The 3rd Annual UBBI National Finals has a new home at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas just south of Wichita!  The stage is set and the bulls will begin arriving on Wednesday, September 25th. Almost 100 different UBBI members from over 20 states will be bringing their best 148 two, three and four year old bulls to southern Kansas.

“We are really looking forward to our Finals this year,” said Jimmy Ray, co-owner of the UBBI.  “This is really big move for us and our finals will be in a more centrally located area for all the breeders.  Just look at the list of bulls coming from North Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana.  We’ve even got bulls coming from Pennsylvania this year!”

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 12 in each category.  The Finals Champion (average winner) will earn a $10,000 bonus check in addition to the regular event payout.  This year will also feature go-round money paid to each of the Top 4 bulls in the Derby and Classic in each of two rounds for the first time.

“The breeders have supported what we’re doing and we’re giving back,” explained Randy Schmutz, the general manager of the UBBI.  “This season we raised the derby and classic entry fees $50 and used that money 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 provided $2500 at each event.  We explained that if there was any money remaining in that fund at the end of the season, we would add it to the UBBI Finals payout in the Derby & Classic events!

Forty-eight (48) Futurity bulls will compete on Friday morning at 9am inside the Kansas Star Arena.  The two year old bulls will only buck one time and the Top 12 bulls will earn a check and a buckle!  The Finals Champion in the Futurity will also receive a $10,000 bonus check!

In addition to the entry fees being paid back 100% in all three (futurity, derby, classic) payouts, another $4817 in fine money collected will be added to each of the Derby & Futurity payouts!

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 4:30 pm on Thursday and will feature a presentation from the UBBI judging director Mel Kimbro.  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 will be Saturday at noon.

Congratulations and Good Luck to all of this year’s UBBI National Finals Qualifiers!

Click HERE to print a complete Schedule of Events

Click HERE to view the Finals Buck Order

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