UBBI Youth Gearing Up For 2014 Youth Futurity Finale

In 2012, the United Bucking Bulls, Inc (UBBI) developed it’s Youth Futurity program to encourage participation among young bull owners.  UBBI Youth Members entering bulls into a UBBI sanctioned Youth Futurity must be between the age of 9 and 18 years old.  A Youth Member cannot be older than 18 years old, on the first day of January in the year in which the UBBI Youth Member applies for membership and must be at least 9 years old on the day of competition. In 2014 the UBBI added the Junior Youth division, allowing youth 8 years old and younger to participate. Junior Youth participants are allowed to enter bulls as long as an eligible Youth member flanks the bull for them. Youth Members are required to flank their bulls, but can be assisted by a UBBI staff member if necessary. Eligible Youth bulls are two year old bulls that have not won money in a standard UBBI, NBBA, ABBI or Open or Women’s Futurity.

UBBI Youth Futurity participants at the 2014 Red River Chute-Out. Photo by Gautreau

Randy Schmutz, the general manager of the UBBI had this to say “We are extremely proud of our youth members and they have all done a tremendous job this season. It’s exciting to see these kids so enthusiastic about bucking bulls. The Youth events this season were outstanding and the number of entries continues to grow!”

In 2014, forty-two different youth members competed this season with 93 different bulls at five UBBI Youth Futurity events, including the Youth Finale.  All 42 youth participants will receive a custom UBBI Youth Futurity Series jacket, regardless of competing at the Youth Finale.  Buckles were awarded to the 1st place winners at each of the regular season events. Buckles will be awarded to the Finale Champion and the Year-end Series Champion and Top 10 Year-end finishers based on money won.

The UBBI would like to thank all of those who donated to the Youth Awards Fund to help us present all of these awards. And also to James Hogue with Pull-Do Trailers and his vendors, Redneck Trailer Supply and Greenville Steel, for donating the flatbed gooseneck trailer to be raffled off for the UBBI Youth Scholarship Fund.

At this year’s Youth Futurity Finale, 26 youth members entered 40 bulls into the competition. Baylee Burleson leads the standing with the top 2 bulls, #653 Flip Flop is #1 with $4380 in earnings and #23 Big Ox is #2 with $2612. In 3rd place is Calli Schmutz with bull #201 Mr. DJ with a total of $2156. This year’s Youth Finale will pay out 13 places.

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