UBBI Classic World Champion Race Was a Tight One

Nadine Ivy Phillips (center) wins UBBI Classic World Championship with #IV37 Astro. Photo by Dugger

This year’s race for the UBBI Classic World Championship was a close one! But more interesting, close friends were competing side by side for the title. When all was said and done, it was NIP Ranch (Nadine Ivy Phillips) / Melton Bull Company’s #IV37 Astro who outdistanced the pack by only $735. Nadine Ivy Phillips is no stranger to the bucking bull business. Her late father, Bradford Ivy was rodeo stock contractor, who had several bulls

Classic Finals champion Denny McCoy. Photo by Dugger

chosen to perform at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas! Her bull #IV37 Astro, a son of Asteroid, was hauled to several events by her closest and toughest competitor, Cory Melton (Melton Bull Co). Melton Bull Co’s #324A Heartaches & Grease led the Classic standings most of the season and finished 3rd overall just $747 behing the champ.

Top 10 Classic winners. Photo by Dugger

This year’s UBBI National Finals Classic championship went to bull #Tc302 Opus, from Denny McCoy, who pocketed $7,200 for the win and a $2,500 Finals Champion bonus. The win moved Opus from literally no where in the Classic standings ($862) all the way to the Reserve World Champion. Finishing in 4th place in the UBBI World Standing was bull #220 Yela Wolf from New Star Pro Rodeo who saw limited outs due to injuries.

The Top 5 from this year’s Classic finals were: 1st place ~ #Tc302 Opus (McCoy Ranches) 87.75 pts – $7,200;  2nd place ~ #511T Stretch (Larry Barker/Flying S Bucking Bulls) 87.25 pts – $5,400;  3rd place ~ #220 Yela Wolf (New Star Pro Rodeo) 86.5 pts – $3,600;  4/5/6th place ~ #312 Relentless (Cord McCoy/Joe & Nina Webb) 86 pts – $600 and #398-3 Paityne’s Nightmare (Twisted H Cattle Co) 86 pts – $600 and #757 Wacker Kat (Wild Cactus Ranch) 86 pts – $600.

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