United Bucking Bulls, Inc Closes It’s Doors

Since it’s inception in 2010, the United Bucking Bulls, Inc (UBBI) has been a driving force in the bucking bull industry. With the advent of new programs like the Gold Standard Futurity and Black Gold Derby events, the UBBI Youth Futurity Scholarship awards, the Wayne Hodges 4-Star Trailer Futurity Super Series, the Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity and the United Futurity League, there’s no denying the UBBI’s immeasurable impact on this industry. The UBBI was one of the first to “co-sanction” competitions with other organizations and to divide the United States into 6 competition regions, allowing bull owners to participate in regional events closer to home and still qualify for the UBBI National Finals.

During the past 7 seasons, the UBBI was very successful and gave bull owners everywhere opportunities to win a tremendous amount of money. The UBBI attracted hundreds of different bulls and accepted thousands of entries each year and paid out well over $1 million dollars in prize money to bucking bull owners each season. In fact, since 2010 the UBBI has paid out over $9.4 million dollars in prize money and presented hundreds of trophy belt buckles, award jackets and vests!

A number of bucking bulls proved their worthiness in UBBI competition and went on to perform on some of the biggest stages in the industry including Mickey Mouse, Smooth Operator and PRCA and PBR Bucking Bull of the Year ~ Sweet Pro’s Bruiser. And this is just a short list of the many bulls from the UBBI to make it to the Big Leagues! Along the way a number of bull riders also left their mark on the Don Gay Bull Riding Tour and Rank Bull Rider Tour and rose to the highest level including PBR World Champion ~ Cooper Davis, PRCA World Champion ~ JW Harris and CBR World Champion ~ Josh Barrentine. Brennon Eldred, Chase Outlaw, Koal Livingston and Brody Yeary, are also among the great number of cowboys who are now some of the most notable in our game. And of course, we cannot forget the PBR World Finals Champion and 1st ever Don Gay Bull Riding Tour Finals Champion ~ Ronnie Kichens!

Along the way, many friends were made and great relationships were formed, but unfortunately the UBBI will pull the curtain on it’s successful run! The landscape of the bucking bull industry has changed dramatically and for the most part, that change has been good. But due to the continued lack of support and no participation from members and bull owners, the UBBI has been forced to close it’s doors. As of January 31st, the United Bucking Bulls, Inc will cease to operate and will no longer produce bucking bull competition events.

“This is very bittersweet for all of us, including Jimmy Ray, Jerry Nelson, Amber Schmutz and myself,” explained Randy Schmutz, the general manager of the UBBI. “We’ve enjoyed seeing the UBBI and our bull riding tours develop and grow and provide big opportunities to bucking bull owners and bull riders across the country. It’s sad to see it all go, but it’s time to turn the page!”

2 Responses to “United Bucking Bulls, Inc Closes It’s Doors”

  1. JR Phillips says:

    This is the worst news I’ve heard. Thank you for all the great memories if there is any changes please let me know.

  2. David Findley says:

    Thanks for the memories!
    Best of luck,

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