UBBI Announces 2013 Top Hand Award

The United Bucking Bulls, Inc concluded it’s 3rd season and hosted it’s annual awards banquet at this year’s 2013 UBBI National Finals in Mulvane, Kansas.  Among the many awards was the 2013 UBBI Top Hand Award. This award was created in 2011 to recognize an individual or UBBI associate, breeder or supporter each year who participates, shows good sportsmanship, encourages others to participate, unselfishly helps others by hauling bulls while competing against one another, helps at the events and overall engages in the promotion and well being of the UBBI.

This year’s recipient was Denny McCoy of McCoy Ranches from Tupelo, Oklahoma.  Denny attended almost all of the UBBI Southern Region events and also entered bulls in the Northern Region while participating at Midwest Bucking Bull Association (MBBA) events co-sanctioned with the UBBI.  Denny can always be seen helping other breeders and if you’ve got time he can tell you a pretty good story, too!

“This is absolutely a total surprise to me,” explained McCoy.  “And I must admit it’s a pretty neat deal!”

Denny was also instrumental in encouraging the development of the Black Gold Derby & Double Down Futurity “Team” concept held this year at the Sycamore Springs Ranch in Locust Grove, Oklahoma.

Denny McCoy receiving the UBBI Top Hand Award with his son Cord and Randy Schmutz and Jimmy Ray. Photo by Gautreau

Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI shared, “I was talking to Denny at the UBBI event in Lake Charles, Louisiana in June about the Black Gold Derby and the addition of the Double Down Futurity.  He suggested that we add a “team” element to the event and 30 minutes later we had it all figured out.  The team deal was a big hit this year and will return to Locust Grove again next summer!”

Denny and his son Cord, have introduced some new folks to the bucking bull industry and they’ve been very successful this year. “Denny has always been the guy who’s willing to take the time for everybody, sit down and explain the business and help them be successful,” shared Randy Schmutz. “Denny is an absolute, all-around good guy.  I don’t know that I’ve ever heard Denny complain, but he can darn sure explain just about anything!”

Jan Owens shared with the audience that Denny’s wife, Janet once told a group of friends. . . . .”When I met Denny he was tryin’ to win a living and he’s still tryin’ to win a living!”

Denny then shared a story that he’d made a comment once to Janet and told her she wouldn’t know what to do without him around and Janet’s response was. . . .”Oh yes, I’d know just what to do!  The funeral will be at 10am, barbecue lunch at noon and the sale will start promptly at 1 o’clock!”

Jerry Rush, owner of the Sycamore Springs Ranch along with Randy Schmutz. Photo by Gautreau

The second Top Hand Award recipient this year was Jerry Rush, owner of the Sycamore Springs Ranch in Locust Grove, Oklahoma.  Jerry was host to two of the largest UBBI events during the 2013 season, including the Gold Standard & Diamond Futurity and the Black Gold Derby & Double Down Futurity.  Both events featured almost 200 bulls and the facilities were outstanding.

Randy Schmutz said, “Jerry did an amazing job for us this year and allowed us to bring two large events to his facility.  At the first event, during the Gold Standard & Diamond Futurity we asked Jerry if we could us some panels to divide some of the larger pens and instead he instructed his staff to weld gates in the pens and made them much more versatile.  He really did go above and beyond!”

Sycamore Springs Ranch also provided special entertainment for both events by having country music entertainers T. Graham Brown and David Ball perform for the UBBI members.  We are very thankful for Jerry’s enthusiasm and look forward to returning to eastern Oklahoma next year.

Also receiving awards at this year’s banquet were the Top Futurity, Derby and Classic bulls in each of the 5 UBBI Regions outside of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Eastern Region

Futurity – K bar K Special owned by K bar K Bucking Bulls; Derby – No Qualifiers; Classic – No Qualifiers

Midwest Region

Futurity – U50-11 owned by TCB Ranch; Derby – Roadhouse Butter owned by Creek Bend Bucking Bulls; Classic – Escaped Convict owned by Twisted Creek

Northern Region

Futurity – Heir to the Throne owned by Shippy Rodeo Bulls/Just Have Faith; Derby – Pucker Up owned by 5 Star Bucking Bulls; Classic Red Hot owned by Berger/Scott

Northwest Region

Futurity – No Qualifiers; Derby – Justified owned by Allen Teller; Classic – Jiggit owned by Allen Teller

Western Region

Futurity – Shakedown owned by Symons Bucking Bulls; Derby – Honey Badger owned by Brent Huwa; Classic – Mr. Big Shot owned by Talbert/XS Ranch

Buckles were also awarded to the Regular Season High Point Bulls including in the Futurity – Air Snortin’ owned by McConnell’s Bucking Cattle/K.S. Bucking Bulls; Derby – Spear My Gear owned by McCoy Ranches & Tim Doughtery; Classic – For Sale owned by McConnell’s Bucking Cattle/Kenny Vaught.

Congrats to all of our award winners this year!

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