Gearing Up for the 2015 Gold Standard Futurity and Black Gold Derby

February 27th, 2015

Selman & Terrell's bull #279 Bottoms Up earns $50,000 in 5 seconds at the 2014 UBBI Gold Standard Futurity. Photo by Gautrear

For the 5th straight year, the UBBI will once again host it’s two largest paying Futurity & Derby events. This year the Gold Standard Futurity and Black Gold Derby will be held together and in it’s new home in Ada, Oklahoma on May 15th and 16th! Originally the Gold Standard has been held the final week in April and the Black Gold Derby has been the second week in August.

“We feel that combining these two marquis events and having them in May will benefit the breeders,” explained Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. “We know that we will have a stronger group of bull riders that time of year and the Derby and Futurity should be a really tough competition!”

This year’s event will include a “Double Down” competition, allowing members to team a Futurity bull and Derby bull together with a $300 side pot. If 100 teams are created, the “Double Down” would pay back100% and a total of $30,000 to the top finishing teams.

For those that currently have Gold Standard and Black Gold Lifetime or Lottery Positions, a 50% deposit is due to the UBBI office by Monday, March 2nd. Entries for both events will open on Monday, May 4th and close on Friday, May

Clever Kevin winning the 2014 Black Gold Derby. Photo by Gautreau


It was proposed that eligible futurity and derby bulls for these events would be those that had participated in at least one regular season UBBI event prior to the Gold Standard and Black Gold competitions. After input from a number of UBBI members and much consideration, it has been decided to wave that requirement and ALL two and three year old bulls who meet age requirements, would be eligible to compete regardless of participating at a previous regular season UBBI event.

If you are a member and do not have a Gold Standard or Black Gold Derby position and would like to participate at this year’s event, please contact Kenzie at the UBBI office.

UBBI’s Randy Schmutz to Announce The American For the Second Year In A Row

February 26th, 2015

General Manager of the UBBI, Randy Schmutz will be the announcer at RFD-TV's The American Rodeo at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Gautreau

The world’s greatest cowboys and cowgirls will descend upon AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the second year in a row, on March 1, 2015 for THE AMERICAN. This historic event has become the richest one-day rodeo in history of the sport. When the dust settles at this action-packed event, the toughest competitors in the world will ride away with the most significant one-day cash payout ever awarded, with a total purse of $2m paid out in one day. THE AMERICAN has once again invited the top 10 athletes in each of the traditional rodeo events as well as the top contestants from the Professional Bull Riders (PBR). In addition to the 10 invitees, THE AMERICAN has made 5 additional spots available for any rodeo athlete in the world through regional qualifying events.

Like all rodeos, THE AMERICAN needed a voice and they didn’t have to look very far to find one.  Randy Schmutz, from Stephenville, Texas has been selected for the second year as one of two announcers to work this historic rodeo performance. Randy has been one of the most recognizable voices in professional rodeo for 28 years. The rodeo road has taken Randy to places he’d never dreamed of seeing. He’s been chosen to work PRCA rodeos and Professional Bull Riding events from Walla Walla, Washington to Madison Square Garden in New York City and from Rapid City, South Dakota to Corpus Christi, Texas. Along the way, Randy has been selected 43 different times to work 11 different finals, including the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (alternate); the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Finals; the Badlands; the Great Lakes; the Montana and the Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeos; the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo; the College National Finals Rodeo; the National High School Finals Rodeo and the Indian National Finals Rodeo.

“I won’t lie to you, I dreamed my whole life of announcing the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas,” explained Schmutz. “And I’ve come close, but was never selected. THE AMERICAN is my National Finals Rodeo! I’m overwhelmed and honored to be selected to work the most historic and talked about one-day rodeo in the history of our sport for two years in a row!”

Randy has also been nominated twice as PRCA Announcer of the Year and emceed the Miss Rodeo America Pageant 5 times. Randy also wrote, co-produced and directed the opening ceremonies at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for two years alongside the Sutton Rodeo Company. He and his wife, Amber and their three children have lived in Stephenville since 1992 and own and operate the XS Ranch where they have been breeding quality bucking bulls for over 20 years.  Randy and Amber now manage the United Bucking Bulls, Inc and Don Gay Bull Riding Tour, which produces and sanctions over 30 bucking bull and bull riding events each year.

Randy will be joined by professional rodeo announcer Bob Tallman from Weatherford, Texas.

Bar B Arena UBBI Event Results

February 26th, 2015

Selman & Terrell's bull #279 Bottoms Up wins the Bar B Arena Derby. Photo by Gautreau

The 4th event of the 2015 UBBI schedule attracted the most entries with 229 Futurity, Derby and Classic bulls. A total of 71 Derby bulls performed on Friday night and the event paid out 14 places. Selman & Terrell’s bull #279 Bottoms Up entered the winner’s circle for the first time as a 3year old this season. It was rumored that this was his maiden trip with a cowboy and that strategy proved to be the right way to go. Bottoms Up produced a high score of 89 points to win 1st place and $3823! Finishing a close second with 88.75 points was Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ #2123. Splitting 3/4 place were bull Z26 Acting Crazy from Rockin R Bucking Bulls and bull #122 SA Loco from Harvey Green/Dean Wilson. Other bulls in the top 10 included Mike Rawson Bucking Bulls with bull #125 and #123; Justin Massey/4G Ranch with bull 264 Legit Stuff; Brandon Stewart/Trey King’s bull #206 Greenback; bull #256 Buckskin Frank from Doughtie/A&W/Chase Foutch; bull #1206 from Addudell/Owens and bull #119 The Lunatic owned by 4K Bulls.

The Futurity on Saturday morning featured the largest number of entries so far this season with 101 two year old

Bull #Tc302 Opus from McCoy Ranches wins Bar B Arena Futurity. Photo by Gautreau

bulls. The futurity paid 20 places. Denny McCoy from McCoy Ranches and their bull #Tc302 Opus finished on top with a score of 90 points and earned a check for $3636. The reserve champion futurity bull belonged to WTF Bucking Bulls. Bull #3706 posted an 89 point outing to finish second. Casey Cooley from Mineral Wells didn’t have far to travel with bull #-C13 Copperhead Road to split 3/4 place. He shared the spot with Tom Peterson & Peggy VanCleave and their bull #773 Top Spot. Both bulls posted scores of 88.75 points. A sidenote, bull #773 Top Spot won the futurity at Palestine, Texas on February 7th. Other top 10 finishers included 2H & K3J Bucking Bulls; Buddy & Sandra Garrett; Mike Rawson/Chase Foutch; BS Cattle Company; Elite Bucking Bulls/Hookin W; Martinez/Lone Star Bucking Bulls.

Brent & Margo Hazen accept the Tres Rios Silver buckle from Wyatt Welsh. Laramie Wilson from Hookin W also accepting. Photo by Gautreau

In the Classic on Saturday night there were 57 bulls competing for a first place prize money check of $3441. Brent & Margo Hazen/Hookin W were holding that check when all was said and done. Their bull #-50 Divinity scored 89.5 points to pick up the check and the Tres Rios Silver Championship buckle. Bull #-X Black Soul owned by Martinez Bucking Bulls split 2/3 place with Ace in the Hole Bucking Bulls and their bull #184 Sling Back. Both scored 89 points. Barrett/Prewitt’s bull #1137 Cowbanger took 4th place out right with a score of 88.75 points followed by a tie for 5th thru 8th place. Bull #199 Back In Black from Tomaski Rodeo/Tiger Productions; bull #15 TNT 15 from Selman & Terrell, LLC; bull #13 Revenge from Danny Cathey and bull 23Y Pop-A-Top from Tom Peterson all scored 87.25 points.

Billy Blue, owner of the Bar B Arena served a complimentary BBQ meal to kick things off on Friday and the weather was good and all had a great time!

Click HERE for Complete Results    Click HERE to View Video of the Top 5 in Each Event

Results from February Battle of the Bull Event in Palestine

February 17th, 2015

Bull #7 First Instinct owned by Rockin J Bucking Bulls from Alabama winning the Derby. Photo by Gautreau

The United Bucking Bulls, Inc has hit the ground running again in 2015, with it’s second event of the season in Palestine, Texas now in the books. With 60 Derby entries, 64 Classic entries and 98 Futurity entries, a total of 222 bulls competed for a combined $60,000 in prize money. Members from 10 different states traveled to Texas, including from as far away as North Dakota, Colorado, New Mexico and Kansas, just to name a few.

“It’s really exciting for us to see entries this strong this early in the season,” explained Randy Schmutz, general manager of the United Bucking Bulls, Inc. “Folks are coming from all over the country and having a good time at our events and we’re pleased with that! That’s really good for everybody and great for the bucking bull business!”

The derby started off with a real bang with the 2nd bull of of the night setting the standard. Rockin J Bucking Bulls from Alabama let the “tide” roll with their bull #7 First Instinct who put up a score of 90 points! First Instinct ultimately won the Derby while holding back the remaining 59 bulls to win $3562! Second place finishers, Dennis & Jan Owens placed with their bull #W604 Big Show with a score of 89 points. Winning third place with a score of 88 points was Wyatt Crowder Bucking Bulls from Colorado with bull Z59 Voodoo Spell. Finishing in the top 10 were TLW Bucking Bulls’ #274 Blood Brother; Rawson Bucking Bulls’ #123 both with scores of 87.75 points. Along with bull Z26 Acting Crazy from Rockin R Bucking Bulls; bull #2604 Remember the Name from James Morton/Chase Foutch; McCoy Ranches bull #TC25 Blue Flame; bull #01Z Rocco from D&H Cattle/Barthold and bull #125 from Rawson Bucking Bulls.

TLW Bucking Bulls and bull #-147 Big Cat winning the Classic. Photo by Gautreau

It’s unusual to see more bull entries in the Classic than the Derby, but that’s exactly what happened with 64 entries on Saturday night. It’s no surprise that the 4 year old Classic bulls are bigger and stronger than their little Derby brothers on Friday, and Saturday night in Palestine was filled with power and strength! Bull #-147 Big Cat from TLW Bucking Bulls put Tracy Williams and the TLW Team in the winners circle on Saturday night. Big Cat scratched his way to a 90.25 point outing to win first place, a Tres Rios Silver Championship Buckle and a check for $3680. Cord McCoy and his partner Tim Dougherty who has been a long time supporter of the UBBI from Missouri, were reserve champions with their bull #107 Come On Baby, scoring 89.5 points. D&H Cattle/Buck Cattle’s bull #32Y Bruiser placed 3rd with a score of 89 points followed by another

Team TLW wins the Classic. Tracy Williams accepts the buckle from Randy Schmutz. Photo by Gautreau

D&H Cattle bull #Y16 Brutus, who is co-owned by Buck Cattle and Bob & Jeri Adams. Brutus put up an 88.75 point bull score and was ridden for 8 seconds by Jory Markiss, with a spectacular ride, and got a hard-earned 89.75 point ride score for his efforts. Whataburger from DAM Cattle Company, who was a tremendous 3 year old competitor last year finished in 5th place with a score of 88.5 points.

The Futurity attracted 98 two year olds and UBBI members from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Mississippi claimed the top 10 spots! Tom Peterson & Peggy VanCleave knew they had a tough road ahead of ‘em but ultimately finished first, 3 points ahead of the field. Their bull #773 Top Spot lived up to his name by garnering the biggest score of the weekend with 91.75 points and won $3638. Splitting second and third place with a scores of 88.75 points each, was bull #98A Hurricane Hustler from D&H/GDB Cattle/Dunn and bull #650 Western Moment from High View Cattle Company. Other owners in the top 10 included Jason Marbery from Kansas; Jay Hudgins from Texas; Ronnie Chism from Mississippi; Ready or Not Bucking Bulls/Chase Foutch from Texas and Cord McCoy/David Gallager from Oklahoma!

UBBI members were treated to a free old fashioned hamburger supper to kick off the event on Friday afternoon and everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves! If you love bucking bulls, needless to say it was a great way to start the month of February!


Second Event of the UBBI Season Attracts Over 200 Bulls

February 5th, 2015

Brody Yeary, the 2014 Don Gay Bull Riding Tour Champion at last year's Finals. Photo by Brewer

The UBBI has opened the gates on it’s 5th season and it already looks like it’s shaping up to be another great year. The UBBI added a new scheduled event in January in Palestine, Texas and attracted 131 different 2, 3 and 4 year old bulls. Some entries from as far away as Alabama and Arkansas.

The next stop on a long list of events is this weekend, again in Palestine, Texas with 60 Derby entries, 64 Classic entries and 98 Futurity entries, for a total of 222 bulls! A large number of new members are sticking their toe in the water for the first time with the UBBI in 2015 and they will be going up against a big group of seasoned UBBI competitors.

“I must say that it is always refreshing to see new folks participate at these events each year,” stated Randy Schmutz, the general manager of the UBBI. “I believe it’s proof positive that our organization is doing the right things and what we offer gains in value each season!”

Once again in 2015, the UBBI will host a number of regular season Futurity, Derby and Classic competitions along with it’s Youth Futurity Series, Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity Series and the new United Futurity League. Together with the annual Ante Up Futurity, Gold Standard Futurity and Black Gold Derby events and the UBBI National Finals, estimated payouts are expected to surpass $1.7 million dollars in total prize money this season!

“We’ve got some exciting announcements coming soon,” Schmutz said. “This year is certainly going to be an exciting year for everyone!”

Pro Football Superstar Wins First UBBI Event of the Season

February 5th, 2015

Brackens' bull #1102 winning Classic in Palestine, Texas (January). Photo by Gautreau

An early start to the 2015 UBBI season proved to be a good move attracting 131 entries in the Futurity, Derby and Classic events. New member, Brackens 3B Cattle Company tasted sweet success at his first ever UBBI event. Flankman and bull owner Tony Brackens is no stranger to tough competition. Brackens was a division 1 college football standout for the Texas Longhorns and was a 2nd round draft pick in 1996 to play Pro Football for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He went on to be selected as a Pro Bowl defensive lineman. Brackens’ High School football career began in Fairfield, Texas where he now resides.

His bull #1102 was the star on Saturday night in Palestine, winning the classic event with a score of 87.5 points and picking up a check for $2415 and a Tres Rios Silver Championship Buckle.Brackens 3B Cattle Company accepting buckle for Classic win. Tony Brackens pictured 3rd from the left. Photo by Gautreau

Other winners include:

Classic – 1st Bull #1102 Brackens 3B Cattle Company 87.5 pts; 2nd Bull W25 Slow Boogie Simino/Breaux/Floyd 87.25 pts; 3rd/4th Bull #10 Damn Frustrating Curtis Leshcyshyn/4G Ranch 86.25 pts; 3rd/4th Bull #071 Air Snortin McConnell’s Bucking Cattle 86.25 pts

Derby – 1st Bull #203 Diamond S Bucking Bulls 89.75 pts; 2nd Bull #249 Diamond S Bucking Bulls 87.5 pts; 3rd Bull #7 First Instinct Rockin J Bucking Bulls 87 pts

Futurity – Bull #36 Captain Explosion Nathan Wolfe; 2nd Bull #MJP-A Travis Medve/Brandon Stewart 86.25 pts; 3rd Bull #130 Bodey Boy Creek Ranch 85.25 pts.

Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers Futurity Super Series Returns in 2015

January 21st, 2015

Bull #291 Rocky Mountain High from Dennis & Jan Owens winning the 2014 Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers Futurity Super Series. Photo by Gautreau

For the past four seasons, the Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers Futurity Super Series has paid out over $110,000 in Super Series bonus money!  Dennis & Jan Owens won the first Super Series High Point Championship in 2011 with their bull “Square Head”, who earned an additional $7602 in Super Series bonus money.  The following year, the Super Series High Point Champion was one by CJ & Cathy Pilcek (Rockin’ Rafter P Ranch) in 2012 with “Fire For Effect”, who earned $7440 in Super Series bonus money. In 2013, Tom Peterson’s bull “Lucky Draw #13″ won the Super Series High Point Championship and an additional $2380 in Super Series bonus money.  The 2014 Super Series concluded it’s 3 event schedule at Palestine, Texas on July 18-19, 2014. Dennis & Jan Owen’s bull #291 Rocky Mountain High took the lead away from bull #77 Murff, owned by DAM Cattle Company, and edged out bull #302 Sweet Emotion from Nathan Wolfe and Scott Cattle to win one year’s use of a brand new 4 Star aluminum trailer from Wayne & Chris Hodges. First and Second place was only separated by 9 points. Rocky Mountain High won a total of $3990 in Super Series Bonus Money. This was the second time Dennis & Jan Owens won the Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers Futurity Super Series High Point Championship. Each of these breeders were awarded one year’s use of a new 4 Star Aluminum Trailer.  At the completion of a years use, both CJ Pilcek and Tom Peterson purchased their Super Series 4 Star Trailers.

In 2015, breeders can once again make their bulls “Super Series” eligible by paying an additional “one time” $300 entry fee when they enter the first of 3 selected UBBI Futurities this season. “Super Series” bonus money will be paid back to the Top 4 Super Series enrolled bulls at each of the three selected futurities including the Spring Spectacular Futurity in April, the Red River Chute Out Futurity in April and the Anderson County Battle of the Bull in July. At these three futurities, Super Series bonuses will be paid out to the Top 4 Super Series eligible bulls, in addition to regular event earnings.

$4,000 to 1st*    $3,00 to 2nd*    $2,000 to 3rd*    $1,000 to 4th*

(Based on 100 Super Series entries @ $300)

If one bull wins first place at ALL three Super Series futurities, that bull will be crowned the ”Super Series Champion” and win $100,000 in Super Series Bonus Cash.  The Super Series “High Point” Champion will once again win one year’s use of a Wayne Hodges 4 Star Aluminum trailer.  Each bull will earn 1 point for every bull he beats at each of the 3 Super Series Futurities.  The single bull with the most points will be crowned the Super Series “High Point” Champion!

This Series is simple and easy to follow and will enhance all three futurities. In 2015, when you enter your bulls, prior to entries closing for the Spring Spectacular, you simply circle “Super Series” on the entry form and pay an additional  ”one time” $300 Super Series entry fee. The top placing “Super Series” eligible bulls will share $10,000* at each event. You don’t have to name your bull or pay the $300 Super Series entry fee until entries open for the Spring Spectacular.

2015 Super Series Events:

Spring Spectacular  *  Locust Grove, Oklahoma  *  April 4

Red River Chute Out  *  Ada, Oklahoma  *  April 25

Battle of the Bull  *  Palestine, TX  * July 20

Lots of Exciting News from the UBBI For 2015

January 15th, 2015

UBBI National Finals. File photo by Todd Brewer

The United Bucking Bull, Inc will begin it’s 5th season in 2015 and lots of exciting news is coming from UBBI Headquarters in Stephenville, Texas!

“Probably the most exciting thing for us is the addition of the United Futurity League (UFL),” stated Randy Schmutz, the general manager of the UBBI. “We have 40 Franchises or Teams that will compete in a 3 bull team format at 3 regular season events and year-end Finals! The UFL will payout almost $400,000 in prize money this season!”

The UFL schedule has been set. Four of the 6 UFL events will be held in conjunction with UBBI contests at the Spring Spectacular in Locust Grove, Oklahoma on April 3rd and 4th; the Red River Chute Out in Ada, Oklahoma on April 24th and 25th; the Battle of the Bull in Palestine, Texas on June 19th and 20th and the Battle of the Bull in Palestine, Texas on July 17th and 18th. Team owners can enter their bulls into the UFL event as a team and also pay regular season entry fees of $450 per individual bull. They can buck their bull once and the bull score will count for both the UFL & UBBI regular season competitions! The remaining 2 of 6 events will be held in Hamilton, Texas at the Circle T Arena on August 8th. All 40 Franchises will participate at the last event, 20 teams competing against each other in the morning the remaining 20 teams competing that afternoon. The UFL Finals will be held in conjunction with the UBBI National Finals at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas!

The UBBI Youth Futurity Series has added an event to the schedule, for a total of 5 regular season events and a Finale again this season! Once again Pull-Do Trailers, Greenville Steel and Redneck Trailer Parts have donated a flatbed gooseneck trailer to be raffled off for UBBI Youth Scholarships in 2015. Last season with the help of these sponsors, the UBBI Youth Members raised $12,000 for the UBBI Youth Scholarship Program. A new rule for Youth Futurity competition in 2015 will be limiting youth to entering only 2 bulls per competition, unless otherwise posted in the entry details.

The Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity events will once again be a part of the UBBI schedule as well. With 4 regular season events and the Finale, the women will have an opportunity to compete for prize money, buckles and other awards!

The Gold Standard Futurity and the Black Gold Derby are the largest and biggest paying events on the UBBI schedule each season. With 150 futurity entries and 100 derby entries, these events will payout a total of $250,000 in prize money! In addition, members can “Double Down” and combine a futurity and derby entry as a team for additional prize money! These events will be combined this year and held together inside the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex in Ada, Oklahoma on May 15-16! A new rule for 2015 will state that Gold Standard and Black Gold eligible bulls must have competed in at least one regular season UBBI event in order to participate at this year’s Gold Standard and Black Gold events!

There are two additional regular season events on this year’s UBBI schedule. One in February in Palestine, Texas and one on July 31 thru August 1st in Locust Grove, Oklahoma! There are plenty of great opportunities for UBBI members to be successful in 2015! Good luck to everyone!

United Futurity League Schedule Announced

January 15th, 2015

File Photo by Gautreau

The “new” United Futurity League (UFL) has set it’s schedule for the 2015 season! Each Franchise or Team will compete at 3 regular season events and the Top 20 Teams based on points will advance to the UFL Finals. Each Franchise will have the opportunity to chose 2 of it’s 3 competitions from the following event locations:

Spring Spectacular  Locust Grove, Oklahoma  April 3-4
Red River Chute Out  Ada, Oklahoma  April 24-25
Battle of the Bull  Palestine, Texas  June 19-20
Battle of the Bull Palestine, Texas  July 17-18

Team owners can enter their bulls into the UFL event as a team and also pay regular season entry fees of $450 per individual bull at these events. They can buck their bull once and the bull score will count for both the UFL & UBBI regular season competitions! The remaining 2 of 6 events will be held in Hamilton, Texas at the Circle T Arena on August 8th. All 40 Franchises will participate at the last event, 20 teams competing against each other in the morning the remaining 20 teams competing that afternoon. The UFL Finals will be held in conjunction with the UBBI National Finals at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas! We’re are extremely excited about the United Futurity League competitions and wish everyone the best of luck!

United Bucking Bulls, Inc Changes It’s Entry Policy

January 14th, 2015

In order to better serve it’s members, the United Bucking Bulls, Inc will change it’s entry process for the 2015 season.

“History shows us that our members lean more toward finalizing their entries sometime during the period just two weeks before the event,” explained Randy Schmutz. “So we are going to accommodate them! Basically the entries will now be open (5 days) Monday thru Friday two weeks before a scheduled event and then the draw will be posted on Monday the week of the event.”

After entries are closed as posted in the Entry Details, if positions are still available, any accepted entry will include a $100 penalty.

Entries for the first event of the season to be held in Palestine, Texas on January 23-24 will now remain open until this Friday, January 16th.

Schmutz commented, “We have a good number of entries for our first event in Palestine and well over 120 bulls, but we’ve received a number of calls from members with bulls to enter and so we’ve made this policy change and will now handle all entries this way in 2015!”


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