UBBI Bulls Showed Their Stuff at the Show-Me Shoot Out

The United Bucking Bulls, Inc produced it’s first event in the state of Missouri with the help of Larry & Tyler McConnell and it was a roaring success! A total of 155 different bulls competed in Springfield in the Derby (3 year olds), Classic (4 year olds), Women’s Futurity (2 year olds) and Futurity classes.  UBBI members from 14 different states and from as far away as Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Idaho and Colorado competed for their share of National and Regional Points.

Bull #186 Make It Here from Up North Cattle Company winning the Derby. Photo by Gautreau

“We were very, very pleased with the turn out and the number of bulls that participated in Springfield,” stated Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. “Larry and Tyler McConnell did a great job hosting the event and worked extra hard at making sure all the little details were taken care of before, during and after the event! We look forward to returning to Springfield and seeing it become one of the favorite stops for our UBBI members!”

The Show-Me Shoot Out was a UBBI All Region Qualifier and allowed members who lived both in and outside the Northern Region to earn Regional Points toward qualifying for the UBBI National Finals to be held in September in Kansas.

Randy Schmutz explained, “The Springfield event is in the Northern Region. If a member lives in the Northwest, Western, Midwest or Eastern Region and traveled to the Show-Me Shoot Out and won money there, that money would count in their National and Regional standings as qualifier money toward the National Finals!”

Competing at the All Region Qualifier proved to be a good decision for Up North Cattle Company and Will & Irene Moyer from Minnesota. Their bull #186 Make It Here proved that the state of Minnesota is more than the land of 10,000 lakes.

Will & Irene Moyer accepting the Tres Rios Silver Championship buckle from Randy Schmutz. Photo by Gautreau

Make It Here posted a score of 90.75 points to win 1st place and a check for $3041. Money won at the Show-Me Shoot Out moved Up North Cattle Company’s bull all the way to 14th in the National Standings and 2nd in the Northern Region standings.

Finishing in second place was Bean Counter Bucking Bulls #153 Little Jacob with a score of 89 points. Little Jacob, owned by Amber Ludtke is currently in the Top 5 in the National Derby Standings. The third place bull in the Derby at Springfield belonged to DAM Cattle Company (John Donaho & Jim Murff). Bull #110 What A Burger, proved what a burger should be with a score of 88.25 points. The “show me” state of Missouri was represented by winning 4th place with bull #CP11 Coy, from the Center Point Ranch, who are headquartered outside of Fair Grove, Missouri. Other Top 10 finishers included Rockin R Bucking Bulls (OK), McConnells Bucking Cattle (MO), Foutch/Breinholt (TX), Cord McCoy/Tim Dougherty (OK & MO) and Double H Cattle Co (OK).

Action continued on Saturday morning with the Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity and 27 two year old bulls in the competition. The Women’s Futurity is conducted under the 3D Payoff format. Once the scores are official, from the 1st place score each D is separated by 3 points. In other words, 1st place was 86.5 points, winning the 1D, 83.5 points would win the 2D and 80.5 points would win the 1D.

From left to right Tyler McConnell, Penny Parsons (3D winner), Joy Hawks with Rhinestone Renegades, Kylee Donaho (1D winner), Megan Downer (2D winnner) and Larry McConnell. Photo by Gautreau

Kylee Donaho has only been flanking a short time, but she proved she could be cool, calm and collected under pressure. She won the 1D with her bull #218 with a score of 86.5 points and picked up the buckle and a check for $1518. Chelsea Cobble/Robert Williams split second and third place in the 1D with a scores of 86 points, both winning $759. The 2D champion was Megan Downer with her bull 68Z, scoring 83.25 points and winning the 2D buckle and a prize money check for $911. Finishing 2nd in the 2D was 14 year old Calli Schmutz, scoring 82.5 points with bull #2 and in third place was Nicole Porter with a score of 82.25 points. The 3D bracket was won by Penny Parsons from Tennessee, scoring 80.25 points with bull #115. She also won the 3D buckle and $607 in prize money. Sasha Robinson from Missouri finished 2nd in the 3D and in third place was Irene Moyer with Up North Cattle Company from Minnesota.

Rockin R Buckin Bulls #Z26 Acting Crazy winning the Futurity. Photo by Gautreau

There were 51 bulls in the Futurity class and the competition was extremely tight with the top 2 separated by only .75 of a point and the top  4 scores only seperated by 1.5 points. Chad Ramer’s Rockin R Buckin Bulls bull #Z26 Acting Crazy was crazy good and put up an 88.75 point score to win 1st place and $2524. Acting Crazy had already won almost $2800 prior to the Show-Me Shoot Out and now has a total of $5288 and is currently in 9th place in the National Standings. Chase Foutch & Mike Rawson’s bull #121 continued his winning ways in Missouri by placing 2nd with a score of 88 points.  Bull #121 has won over $3200 in qualifying dollars, placing him 16th in the National Standings and also won $10,000 at this year’s Gold Standard Futurity for a total of $13,237 in UBBI cash! Wolfe Rodeo & DC and Kilgore Bucking Stock split 3rd and 4th place with bulls Western Justice and Double Dose, both scoring 87.25 points.

The Classic competitions at every event this season just seem to get better and better and the bulls seem to be getting ranker and ranker! But at the Show-Me Shoot Out one bull stood tall against the rest of the field. DAM Cattle Company’s bull #17 Crazy Horse put up a score of 90.75 points to win 1st place ahead of Kilgore Bucking Stock’s bull #-5 Live Action who produced a score of 88.75 points.

Bull #17 Crazy Horse, owned by DAM Cattle Company showing his stuff in the Classic. Photo by Gautreau

“It’s really exciting to see these bulls come through our events as 2 year olds, and then 3 year olds and finally to the ‘big boy’ class in the 4 year old competition,” explained Schmutz. “The size and strength and power that we see these 4 year olds have is really amazing! It was quite a show to see these bulls strut their stuff on Saturday night!”

Finishing in 3rd place was bull #55 Bad Tatoo from Folds/Strickland/Nelson/Ray/Melton scoring 88.5 points and in fourth place was DAM Cattle Company’s bull #13 Tracker with a score of 88.25 points. And splitting 5th and 6th place were bulls Justified and Fire Bender from Allen Teller (Idaho) and Mike Trimble (Indiana). Every bull in the top 6 was marked by at least one judge 22 points or higher!

At the conclusion of the Classic on Saturday night, the bull riding contestant with the highest aggregate ride score was given a special opportunity.

Ronnie Kichens bucking off the bounty bull "For Sale" owned by McConnells Bucking Cattle and Kenny Vaught. Photo by Gautreau

A chance to conquer the 2013 UBBI Classic World Champion bull “For Sale” owned by McConnnells Bucking Cattle and Kenny Vaught. A successful effort on For Sale would result in a $1000 bonus to the cowboy. A Hollywood movie could not of done a better job of scripting the ending to this glorious Saturday evening performance. The 2013 Don Gay Bull Riding Champion Ronnie Kichens against the 2013 UBBI World Champion Classic Bull. But it was only 2.10 seconds later that Kichens was on the ground. The judges both marked For Sale a whopping 23.5 points. What a bull!

The Show-Me Shoot Out was held at the Darr Ag Center which is a part of the Missouri State University and they did a great job with the facility and the Pinegar Arena was  a perfect setting for the event. Hats off to McConnells Bucking Cattle and their staff for all the hard work and for putting on such a great event! We all look forward to next year!

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