UBBI Presents 2011 Top Hand Award

Jimmy Ray with 2011 Top Hand Award recipients, Jan & Dennis Owens

Jimmy Ray & Randy Schmutz with 2011 Top Hand Award recipients, Carol & Wayne Hodges

The United Bucking Bulls, Inc celebrated it’s 2011 season with an awards banquet at this year’s UBBI National Finals.  Among the many awards was the 2011 UBBI Top Hand Award. This award has been created 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, two Top Hand awards were presented. 


The first presentation was to Dennis & Jan Owens from Fittstown, Oklahoma.  Dennis and Jan hauled and participated with several of their own bulls, attended almost all of the UBBI Southern Region events and entered bulls in Salina, Kansas and Wheaton, Missouri.  They helped other breeders by hauling and flanking their bulls and enrolled several bulls into the UBBI Futurity Super Series.  Along the way they won the Futurity in Winnie (February) with #1463 Peace Out, were the reserve champion with #1467 Square Head at the Spring Spectacular, won the Futurity in Winnie (June) with #1324 Born This Way and won the UBBI Futurity Super Series High Point Championship with #1467 Square Head.  That title also earned them one year’s use of a new aluminum trailer from Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers.

The second Top Hand Award went to Wayne Hodges, owner of Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers in Weatherford, Texas.  Wayne has annually earned recognition in the livestock trailer manufacturing industry as a national leader in sales and new innovations.  He became involved in the bucking bull breeding industry as a fan and a small breeder 5 years ago.  After purchasing his first set of females he became involved as a sponsor through looksWEST Productions at the Spring Spectacular and Breeders Cup events held annually in Stephenville, Texas.  Shortly after that he became the official trailer of the Spring Spectacular and awarded one year’s use of a new aluminum trailer to the Spring Spectacular Futurity Champion.  Wayne designed and created the “Bull Tough” trailer now being manufactured by 4 Star Trailers with double side walls and other features that make it “Bucking Bull Tough”!  Wayne Hodges is now the official trailer sponsor of the United Bucking Bulls, Inc and presenter of the Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailer Futurity Super Series.

Congratulations to this year’s UBBI Top Hand Award recipients!

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