Who Will Be The Next UBBI Gold Standard Champion

The 3rd Annual UBBI Gold Standard is set for April 26-27 in it’s new home in Locust Grove, Oklahoma!  The Sycamore Springs Ranch will host this year’s event and it’s shaping up to be one of the best.  One-Hundred Fifty Gold Standard entries have been confirmed and once again this year’s event will pay the winner $50,000!  So the question is. . . . . .”Who will be the 2013 UBBI Gold Standard Futurity Champion?”

“We are very excited about this year’s Gold Standard,” stated Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI.  “We have 150 confirmed entries and can guarantee $50,000 to the winner.  Our thanks to the UBBI members for their continued support of the Gold Standard.  Once again the event will pay 30 places!”

-9 Circle City owned by Mike Trimble. Photo by Glanville.

In 2011, the Gold Standard had co-champions!  Indiana and Texas shared the win at the first event and split 1st and 2nd place and half of $65,000 ($32.500 each).  Mike Trimble and his daughter Amanda, with their bull #-9 Circle City split the win with J & J Supply/Gene Baker and bull #915 Houla Hoop.  Circle City is a Rooster Grandson and Houla Hoop is a son of the legendary Houdini.  Both bulls share White Sports Coat in their pedigrees and both bulls were marked 89 points for their extraordinary performances.

Mike and his wife Kathy live in Spencer, Indiana sixty-five miles south of Indianapolis and started their program in 1996.  Mike was unable to attend the first Gold Standard but his bulls were in good hands with his daughter, Amanda.  “She’s been a part of our program and has been flanking bulls since she could bend over the bucking chute,” said Mike proudly of his daughter.  “She’s plenty capable and a willing hand and real go-getter!”

915 Houla Hoop from J&J Supply & Gene Baker. Photo by Glanville

Sharing the win with Gene Baker was his partner, Jim Mattox, the owner of J & J Supply.  Jim manufactures bags for the produce and vegetable industry and is very excited about Houla Hoop.  “This could not of happened to a better guy,” said Gene Baker.  “Jim has been at this a little while and this check for $32,500 is proof that hard work is always worth it!”

In 2012, Jungle Fear was the big winner with partners Bobby Pillow and Brett Barrett. Pillow & Barrett were smiling from ear to ear and with a $50,000 check in hand they had plenty to be happy about!  Their bull branded #54 and called Jungle Fear distanced himself from the competition by posting a score of 90 points, one and a half points ahead of the reserve champion  #X9 Platinum Max from Paul Daniel/Lorie Barbare.  UBBI members from 19 different states participated at the Gold Standard in 2012 and the competition was as tough as ever with at least 13 different bulls receiving marks of 22 points or better.

#54 Jungle Fear from Pillow & Barrett winning the 2012 Gold Standard Futurity. Photo by FotoCowboy

“The Gold Standard is always a tough event with a lot of really great bulls,” stated Larry McConnell.  McConnell’s bull #-110 R2D2 picked up a check for splitting 15th and 16th place.

This year’s event in Locust Grove will kick off with a Welcome Reception, hosted by the UBBI and the Sycamore Springs Ranch.  The reception will begin with a complimentary meal and continue with the 2014 Lottery Position Draw.  The evening will also feature a calcutta and live entertainment with Nashville Recording Artist, T. Graham Brown.  Tickets for the meal, calcutta and entertainment will be $15 per person.

On Saturday morning, the excitement will begin with the UBBI Diamond Futurity at 10am.  At the conclusion of the Diamond, there will be an awards ceremony and then a break for lunch and the Gold Standard will start at 1:00pm.  There will be 75 bulls bucked and then a one hour break and the remaining 75 bulls will finish the event.  The Gold Standard Awards will conclude the event with buckle and check presentations.  Click HERE for Event Details.

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