With only a few events remaining on this year’s UBBI schedule, entries remain strong. At the June installment of the Battle of the Bull UBBI event in Palestine, Texas there were 179 total entries. In each of the four categories (Derby, Classic, Youth Futurity, Futurity) there were new names at the top of the winners list!
With 54 Derby entries, the top 3 finishers were bull #134 Big D from Ace of Spades with a score of 91.25 points; bull #571 Back Spin from Mutt Neuman with a score of 90 points and bull #C112 Energy Too from Cude Bucking Bulls with a score of 88.75 points. Big D from Ace of Spades earned $3352.
The competition continued on Saturday morning with the UBBI Youth Futurity Series with 43 different youth bulls. Winning 1st place was Baylee Burleson with her bull #113 Big Worm with score of 86.5 points and earning a check for $1596. Finishing in 2nd place was bull #258 Hyper Jalapeno from Two Brothers/Orinn Cobb with a score of 85.75 points. And finishing in 3rd place was #23 Big Ox from Baylee Burleson with a score of 85.75 points.
The Futurity attracted 56 two year old bulls and DAM Cattle Company’s bull #Y4 posted the highest score of 89.75 points and earned $2646. In second was Nathan Wolfe’s bull #302 Sweet Emotion with a score of 89. And splitting 3rd and 4th place with scores of 88 points each were bull #132 Freckle Juice from Brooke Beiter and bull #1206 from Aduddell/Owens.
The Classic wrapped up the weekend’s competition on Saturday night with 26 bulls. Travis Medve and Brandon Stewart just purchased bull #-5 Live Action and capitalized on that purchase by winning 1st place with a score of 90.5 points and earned a check for $2156. Bull #902 Little Z from Martinez/Chism Bull Company placed 2nd with a score of 89.5 points. Finishing in 3rd place was DAM Cattle Company’s bull #013 Tracker with a score of 89.25 points.
The next scheduled UBBI event will be in Palestine, Texas on July 18th and 19th. Also check out the MBBA Co-Sanctioned Events
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The United Bucking Bulls, Inc produced it’s first event in the state of Missouri with the help of Larry & Tyler McConnell and it was a roaring success! A total of 155 different bulls competed in Springfield in the Derby (3 year olds), Classic (4 year olds), Women’s Futurity (2 year olds) and Futurity classes. UBBI members from 14 different states and from as far away as Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Idaho and Colorado competed for their share of National and Regional Points.
“We were very, very pleased with the turn out and the number of bulls that participated in Springfield,” stated Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. “Larry and Tyler McConnell did a great job hosting the event and worked extra hard at making sure all the little details were taken care of before, during and after the event! We look forward to returning to Springfield and seeing it become one of the favorite stops for our UBBI members!”
The Show-Me Shoot Out was a UBBI All Region Qualifier and allowed members who lived both in and outside the Northern Region to earn Regional Points toward qualifying for the UBBI National Finals to be held in September in Kansas.
Randy Schmutz explained, “The Springfield event is in the Northern Region. If a member lives in the Northwest, Western, Midwest or Eastern Region and traveled to the Show-Me Shoot Out and won money there, that money would count in their National and Regional standings as qualifier money toward the National Finals!”
Competing at the All Region Qualifier proved to be a good decision for Up North Cattle Company and Will & Irene Moyer from Minnesota. Their bull #186 Make It Here proved that the state of Minnesota is more than the land of 10,000 lakes.
Make It Here posted a score of 90.75 points to win 1st place and a check for $3041. Money won at the Show-Me Shoot Out moved Up North Cattle Company’s bull all the way to 14th in the National Standings and 2nd in the Northern Region standings.
Finishing in second place was Bean Counter Bucking Bulls #153 Little Jacob with a score of 89 points. Little Jacob, owned by Amber Ludtke is currently in the Top 5 in the National Derby Standings. The third place bull in the Derby at Springfield belonged to DAM Cattle Company (John Donaho & Jim Murff). Bull #110 What A Burger, proved what a burger should be with a score of 88.25 points. The “show me” state of Missouri was represented by winning 4th place with bull #CP11 Coy, from the Center Point Ranch, who are headquartered outside of Fair Grove, Missouri. Other Top 10 finishers included Rockin R Bucking Bulls (OK), McConnells Bucking Cattle (MO), Foutch/Breinholt (TX), Cord McCoy/Tim Dougherty (OK & MO) and Double H Cattle Co (OK).
Action continued on Saturday morning with the Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity and 27 two year old bulls in the competition. The Women’s Futurity is conducted under the 3D Payoff format. Once the scores are official, from the 1st place score each D is separated by 3 points. In other words, 1st place was 86.5 points, winning the 1D, 83.5 points would win the 2D and 80.5 points would win the 1D.
Kylee Donaho has only been flanking a short time, but she proved she could be cool, calm and collected under pressure. She won the 1D with her bull #218 with a score of 86.5 points and picked up the buckle and a check for $1518. Chelsea Cobble/Robert Williams split second and third place in the 1D with a scores of 86 points, both winning $759. The 2D champion was Megan Downer with her bull 68Z, scoring 83.25 points and winning the 2D buckle and a prize money check for $911. Finishing 2nd in the 2D was 14 year old Calli Schmutz, scoring 82.5 points with bull #2 and in third place was Nicole Porter with a score of 82.25 points. The 3D bracket was won by Penny Parsons from Tennessee, scoring 80.25 points with bull #115. She also won the 3D buckle and $607 in prize money. Sasha Robinson from Missouri finished 2nd in the 3D and in third place was Irene Moyer with Up North Cattle Company from Minnesota.
There were 51 bulls in the Futurity class and the competition was extremely tight with the top 2 separated by only .75 of a point and the top 4 scores only seperated by 1.5 points. Chad Ramer’s Rockin R Buckin Bulls bull #Z26 Acting Crazy was crazy good and put up an 88.75 point score to win 1st place and $2524. Acting Crazy had already won almost $2800 prior to the Show-Me Shoot Out and now has a total of $5288 and is currently in 9th place in the National Standings. Chase Foutch & Mike Rawson’s bull #121 continued his winning ways in Missouri by placing 2nd with a score of 88 points. Bull #121 has won over $3200 in qualifying dollars, placing him 16th in the National Standings and also won $10,000 at this year’s Gold Standard Futurity for a total of $13,237 in UBBI cash! Wolfe Rodeo & DC and Kilgore Bucking Stock split 3rd and 4th place with bulls Western Justice and Double Dose, both scoring 87.25 points.
The Classic competitions at every event this season just seem to get better and better and the bulls seem to be getting ranker and ranker! But at the Show-Me Shoot Out one bull stood tall against the rest of the field. DAM Cattle Company’s bull #17 Crazy Horse put up a score of 90.75 points to win 1st place ahead of Kilgore Bucking Stock’s bull #-5 Live Action who produced a score of 88.75 points.
“It’s really exciting to see these bulls come through our events as 2 year olds, and then 3 year olds and finally to the ‘big boy’ class in the 4 year old competition,” explained Schmutz. “The size and strength and power that we see these 4 year olds have is really amazing! It was quite a show to see these bulls strut their stuff on Saturday night!”
Finishing in 3rd place was bull #55 Bad Tatoo from Folds/Strickland/Nelson/Ray/Melton scoring 88.5 points and in fourth place was DAM Cattle Company’s bull #13 Tracker with a score of 88.25 points. And splitting 5th and 6th place were bulls Justified and Fire Bender from Allen Teller (Idaho) and Mike Trimble (Indiana). Every bull in the top 6 was marked by at least one judge 22 points or higher!
At the conclusion of the Classic on Saturday night, the bull riding contestant with the highest aggregate ride score was given a special opportunity.
A chance to conquer the 2013 UBBI Classic World Champion bull “For Sale” owned by McConnnells Bucking Cattle and Kenny Vaught. A successful effort on For Sale would result in a $1000 bonus to the cowboy. A Hollywood movie could not of done a better job of scripting the ending to this glorious Saturday evening performance. The 2013 Don Gay Bull Riding Champion Ronnie Kichens against the 2013 UBBI World Champion Classic Bull. But it was only 2.10 seconds later that Kichens was on the ground. The judges both marked For Sale a whopping 23.5 points. What a bull!
The Show-Me Shoot Out was held at the Darr Ag Center which is a part of the Missouri State University and they did a great job with the facility and the Pinegar Arena was a perfect setting for the event. Hats off to McConnells Bucking Cattle and their staff for all the hard work and for putting on such a great event! We all look forward to next year!
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Sometimes a “new” move is a good move and sometimes it’s a great move! In the case of moving the Red River Chute-Out from Shawnee, Oklahoma to it’s new home in Ada, Oklahoma. . . . .it was a great move!
“It’s always exciting for us when we can offer our members more,” stated Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. “Not only is the facility better for our event, the community got involved and we had good crowds inside the Pontotoc County Agriplex! We’re looking forward to growing this event into one of the biggest events on our schedule!”
The event attracted 201 different bulls, in four different categories, including a Youth Futurity (see story on Youth Results), Futurity, Derby and Classic. The Derby kicked off the weekend’s activities with 61 three year old bulls competing and the event paid 13 places. Casey Simino, together with partners David Floyd and Heath Breaux were very successful, grabbing both the 1st and 2nd place checks. Bull #114 Jethro 114 owned by Simino & Floyd posted a score of 90 points, earning a 1st place check totaling $3565. Simino & Breaux picked up the 2nd place check for $2673 with bull #110 Iceberg Slim, scoring 89.5 points. The total haul for both bulls was $6238. Finishing in 3rd place was bull #107 Come On Baby owned by Cord McCoy/Tim Dougherty, scoring 88.75 points and in 4th place was bull #56Y owned by Cheyenne Owens. Other top ten finishers included Duaine Briehholt/Chase Foutch; Gerry Byrn; DAM Cattle Co; Carpenter & Hudgins; Ludtke Bucking Bulls and Rockin R Bucking Bulls.
Saturday morning came early and started with the Youth Futurity. Twenty UBBI Youth Members competed with 34 different two year old bulls. Fourteen year old Calli Schmutz won 1st place with bull #201 Mr DJ, posting a score of 87.25 points and winning $1386. Click HERE for complete story.
The Red River Chute-Out was the 2nd of 3 stops on this year’s Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers UBBI Futurity Super Series. Seventy-two 2 year old bulls showed up to compete with 24 of them Super Series eligible. Those 24 bulls were eligible to earn their share of an additional $5700 in Super Series bonus money. Northcutt/Cooper Bucking Bulls edged out John & Sydnee Donaho and DAM Cattle Company for the the Futurity win with their bull #270 Last Nerve Cutt, scoring 89 points and earning $4446. John & Sydnee’s bull #25 Lumpy and DAM Cattle Company’s bull #77 Murff both scored 88.75 points to split 2nd and 3rd place. Both bulls won $2808 and an additional $1995 each in Super Series cash, for a total haul of $4803 each. Finishing 4th was bull #6 owned by Marty Foutch/Jeff Ott with a score of 88.5 points. Others finishing in the top 10 included Oakes/Green/Moss (Super Series Bonus Winner); Wolfe Rodeo & DC Cattle; Owens & Short Creek (Super Series Bonus Winner); Mike Rawson/Chase Foutch; Jenkins Cattle Company; TD Cattle and Barrett/Wallgren/Komant.
The Classic bulls showed up on Saturday night and it’s always “game on”! Thirty-one 4 year old bulls competed in Ada and bull #001 Smooth Operator owned by Rockin Rafter P Ranch, was more than smooth and beat the field by a full one point margin. Smooth Operator posted a score of 88.75 points, winning $2495. Finishing 2nd with a score of 87.75 points was DAM Cattle Company’s bull #017 Crazy Horse. Bull #055 Bad Tattoo owned by Folds/Strickland/Nelson/Ray/Melton placed 3rd and bull #040 from McConnells Bucking Cattle finished out the top 4. Other winners included Allen Teller; DAM Cattle Company and Danny Reagan.
The UBBI staff would like to thank Jr Grissom and the management and staff of the Pontotoc County Agriplex for going above and beyond to make our first year a success. Also a huge thank you to Dennis & Jan Owens and John Donaho for their help in putting the wheels underneath the “new” Red River Chute-Out!
It goes with saying that the United Bucking Bulls, Inc is very excited about it’s 2014 Youth Futurity Series. With 85 UBBI Youth Members and almost 40 of them active this season, it’s been a treat to watch them perform.
“Wow! That’s all I can say! These kids take this serious and that’s exciting for us, because we are confident that our future is in good hands,” stated Randy Schmutz.
Twenty UBBI Youth Members brought 34 different two year old bulls to Ada, Oklahoma for the 2nd of 4 regular season Youth events. Fourteen year old Calli Schmutz was surprised and pleased when she was announced as the winner with her bull #201 Mr. DJ, scoring
87.25 points and earning $1386.
When asked if she gets nervous flanking her bull, Calli responded with a smile, “I don’t really get nervous, I just wanna beat my brother Conner! I also want to thank Dennis and Jan Owens for letting me use Mr. DJ, I really like him!”
Junior Youth member Blaine Burleson won second place with bull #60 Big-N-Heavy, scoring 87 points. Followed by his sister Baylee Burleson with a score of 86 points with her bull #653 Flip Flop. Fourth place went to Two Brothers Bucking Bulls (Westin & Orin Cobb) and splitting 5th and 6th place were Quin McCoy and Dominic Hogue.
The Youth Futurity entry fees are $275 and a total of 11 bulls placed and picked up checks, with 11th place winning $264.
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Ten thousand dollars per second is certainly a good payday! Multiply that by 5 seconds and you get a cool $50,000! That’s exactly what Selman & Terrell earned with their superstar two year old bull #279 Bottoms Up. Bottoms Up beat a field of 142 bulls by only a 1/2 point to win 1st place at this year’s UBBI Gold Standard Futurity, posting a score of 90.5 points. But the climb to the top wasn’t easy. Rafter 3S and Donaho set the pace with their bull #1201 High Cost of Living with a score of 90 points. High Cost of Living was the second bull to buck in the Gold Standard Futurity and it was clear from the beginning that this year’s event was gonna be a tough one. High Cost of Living ultimately finished as the reserve champion and earned $15,000.
“I was really excited about the talent we saw at this year’s Gold Standard Futurity,” stated Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. “These bulls came from 14 different states and the depth in this set of bulls was impressive! It was exciting for the UBBI to be able to payout $142,000 and to give a deserving member $50,000 for their hard work! It paid off!”
Finishing in 3rd place was bull #121 from Rawson Bucking Bulls, earning $10,000 with a score of 89.5 points. Two bulls split 4th and 5th place. Holthusen Bucking Bulls, from Illinois with their bull #209 Bad Beagle and Keel/Walgren/Barrett’s bull #212 Locke & Loaded both posted scores of 88.75 points and both earned $6500 each.
The remaining Top 10 finishers included Flinn/D&H Cattle; Diamond S Bucking Bulls; Henry Mladenka/Fred Robinson/Bridges & Smith; Aduddell/Owens and Marc Andrus. The event paid out a total of $142,000 and paid 30 places.
In addition to the Gold Standard Futurity, the UBBI also hosted the Diamond Futurity which attracted 27 entries.
“We put together the Diamond Futurity last year to add value to the Gold Standard weekend, allowing participants to bring additional bulls to compete with,” stated Randy Schmutz. “The entry fees for the Diamond Futurity are $650 and it pays back 65%. Money won at the Diamond Futurity also counts toward qualifying for the UBBI National Finals!”
John & Sydnee Donaho started off the weekend on the right foot by winning the Diamond Futurity with bull #25 and a score
of 88 points, earning $3442. Splitting second and third place was Poison Creek Buckers bull #266 Thrill Ride and Nathan Wolfe’s bull #452 Western Justice. Both bulls scored 87 points and earned $2467 each. Placing 4th was bull #218, also owned by John & Sydnee Donaho. Bull #218 scored 86.5 points and picked up a check for $1721. John & Sydnee Donaho, together with their partners, Rafter 3S and Jim Murff won a total of $22,788 with two bulls in the Diamond Futurity and 2 bulls in the Gold Standard Futurity. Rounding out the top 5 and earning a 5th place check was bull #249 from Diamond S Bucking Bulls with a score of 85.75 points and earned $1377.
Blood samples were collected from the Top 5 bulls in the Gold Standard Futurity for testing as per the UBBI’s banned substance testing policy. Prize money checks were held pending those results.
“It was another great event at the Sycamore Springs Ranch and Jerry Rush and his crew once again welcomed us with open arms,” stated Schmutz. “We are very excited to say that we will once again return to Locust Grove for the 5th annual Gold Standard & Diamond Futurity on April 24th & 25th in 2015!”
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Click HERE For Complete Diamond Futurity Results
The 2014 Gold Standard Futurity and Diamond Futurity is set for this weekend in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. UBBI members from 14 different states will gather in the Sooner State to battle it out for for over $150,000 in prize money! One-hundred Forty-two Gold Standard bulls will stand toe-to-toe to determine who will walk away with $50,000! Another 26 bulls will compete in this year’s Diamond Futurity and the winner will earn over $3000 in UBBI National Finals qualifier dollars!
“The Gold Standard Futurity with it’s Lifetime and Lottery Positions was designed to attract 150 entries each year,” explained Randy Schmutz, general manger of the UBBI. ”It was a little unusual, but this year we had 5 Lifetime Positions and 5 Lottery Positions not used. The Gold Standard Futurity will still pay $50,000 to the winner and we’re excited to see who that will be in 2014!”
Five Gold Standard Lifetime Positions were forfeited this year. Two of those will be auctioned off on Friday evening and the remaining 3 Lifetime Positions will be included in this year’s 2015 Lottery Drawing, also to take place on Friday evening.
“We’re gonna auction two Lifetime spots off during our Breeders Reception. Folks will be able to purchase and then keep and use those spots for life. The proceeds from the auction will go toward the UBBI Youth Futurity Series awards this year,” stated Schmutz. ”The remaining 3 Lifetime spots will be drawn for from all of those submitting a 2015 Gold Standard Lottery Application. Those who are randomly drawn for those spots will also get to keep and use those spots for life!”
2015 Gold Standard Lottery applications are still be accepted at the UBBI office. Click HERE for an application. Any Individual NOT already selected as a “Lifetime” participant can apply ONCE to participate in the Gold Standard Futurity 2015 Lottery drawing.
Click HERE to View the Gold Standard Futurity Draw
Click HERE to View the Diamond Futurity Draw
The 2014 Spring Spectacular celebrated it’s 10th year as one of the premier bucking bull events in the country. This year 219 different bulls competed in the Derby, Classic, Futurity and Women’s Futurity competitions. The UBBI once again rolled out the red carpet with it’s Spring Spectacular Breeders Social and complimentary dinner and calcutta on Friday. All of the participants were treated to a great BBQ rib dinner and the weekend was underway. The Top 10 in each event received a 10th Anniversary Spring Spectacular award jacket and the winner in each event was awarded a Tres Rios Silver Championship Buckle. The Spring Spectacular also hosted the start of this year’s Futurity Super Series competitions presented by Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers.
“It’s hard to imagine that Amber and I have been doing this for ten years,” explained Randy Schmutz. “It’s been exciting to see the strides that have been made in this industry and how we continue to attract new folks to this fun and exciting game!”
This year’s Spring Spectacular started with 67 three year old bulls in the Derby on Friday night and the event paid 14 places, with a split for 11th thru 14th place. Bull #CB136 Hurricane Harry, owned by Carpenter Brothers (Jimmy & Ricky) started the storm of unbelievable talent in the derby as the 17th bull out in the competition. Hurricane Harry posted a score of 90.75 points and stood the test of 50 more bulls to ultimately win the competition. The Carpenter Brothers earned $3852. In a close second was bull #AR50 Divinity from B&M Bucking Bulls/Mike White with a score of 90.75 points. Finishing 3rd was another entry from Mike White and partner Joy Flowers. Bull #B36 JJ’s Pride posted a score of 89 points. And yet another Mike White entry with partner Bob Adams, bull #AR B70 Kick & Scream finished 4th place with a score of 88.25 points. Other participants finishing in the Top 10 and receiving Spring Spectacular award jackets included Curtis Leschyshyn/4G Ranch; Simino/Breaux; Nothin But Try Ranch/Howdy Thomas; 6M Bucking Bulls; Moss Brothers and Frontier/Ray.
“I’m really excited about the talent we have in our derby competition. It’s been great to see the 2 year olds we had last year step it up and become really good bucking bulls,” stated Randy Schmutz. “These bulls are just gonna get better and better!”
The Classic competition proved to be as tough on Saturday night. Forty-eight bulls were entered and the event paid 9 places and we saw a number of new participants and bulls entered for the first time in the 2014 season. One of those new bulls, #055 Bad Tattoo owned by Folds/Strickland/Nelson/Ray/Melton came to play and really showed out and won 1st place! Bad Tattoo posted the highest score of the entire weekend with 91.75 points and won $3174.
Finishing in the number 2 spot was bull #626 Karaoke from Elite Buckin Bulls/Mike White, scoring 89.75 points. Splitting 3rd & 4th place were Rebecca Walker/Pruitt’s bull #107 Spyder and bull #27 Big Time from Lonnie & Amy Austin. Both bulls posted scores of 88.75 points. Other Top 10 finishers are Rebecca Walker/RW Cattle; McConnell Bucking Cattle; Rhon Brown; Allen Teller/Truth Bucking Bulls; 2X4 Ranch/Robinson; Cude Bucking Bulls and Dennis & Jan Owens.
Jimmy Ray, co-owner of the UBBI stated, “It’s a little different on Saturday night! The big bulls show up to play and you can see a big step up in bull power! We watched a lot of really good 4 year olds at this event!”
The Rhinestone Renegades UBBI Women’s Futurity kicked off the Saturday morning activities. This was the second of 3 scheduled Rhinestone Renegades events and 13 Rhinestone Renegades competed with 15 entries.
“We’re excited to give these girls a chance to show the guys they can do this too,” exclaimed Joy Hawks, the founder of the Rhinestone Renegades. “The relationship we have with the UBBI is gonna be good for everybody and I only see this getting bigger and better!”
The payout for the Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity is a 3D payout. From the highest placing bull score, the 2D will be 3 points less than 1stplace. The 3D will be 6 points less than first place. Total prize money in the 1D will be 50% of the net purse; in the 2D will be 30% of the net purse; in the 1D will be 20% of the net purse. Example: 1st place in 1D – 88.25 points; 1st place in 2D – 85.25 points; 1st place in the 3D – 82.25 points. This levels the playing field a bit for all the participants and allows everyone an opportunity to be successful no matter your experience.
The Rhinestone Renegades Women’s UBBI Futurity Series competition is for 2 year old bulls (2012 Born) and all 2 year old bulls are eligible to participate in the women’s futurity events, regardless of ownership and/or participation in other futurity events. Futurity Bulls will be bucked with a dummy for 5 seconds and bulls do not have to be ABBI registered to compete.
“Any woman can compete, regardless of experience,” explained Randy Schmutz. “Joy and the regular participants want to help everyone be successful and have fun! If you’re a woman and have never flanked a bull, you’ll get all the help and instruction you need to be competitive. If you don’t have a two year old bull, we can get you in touch with someone who’ll provide you a bull as well. This is a really fun deal for us!”
Karen Shaw calls her outfit ‘Momma’s Little Babies’ and her bull’s name is Cutie Pie, but this bull is one tough cookie. Cutie Pie finished 1st in the 1D at the Spring Spectacular and earned $1012 with a score of 84.5 points. This is Cutie Pie’s second check this season, having placed 2nd in the 1D at the first Rhinestone Renegades event in Palestine in March. Finishing in 2nd place in the 1D was bull #19 Let Me Be from Chelsea Cobble/Robert Williams with a score of 84.25 points.
With the 3D payout and the best bull at this event scoring 84.5 points, the 2D score cut-off was 3 points less making it 81.5 points and the 3D score cut-off was 78.5 points. In the 2D, it was bull #207 Painted Warrior from Rachel Norris & Sherry Prewitt winning 1st place with a score of 81.25 points and earning $607. In second place in the 2D was Joy Melancon with her bull #218 Kaw-linga with a score of 79 points. The 3D was split (1st & 2nd) by Nicole Porter with her bull #2-R41 and Chelsea Cobble/Robert Williams with her bull #79 2 Russell. Both bulls scored 78 points and earned $337 each. Each winner of each D payoff also earned a beautiful Tres Rios Silver Championship buckle.
The UBBI Futurity followed the Rhinestone Renegades and 89 two year old bulls lined up to see who’d be the best at this year’s Spring Spectacular. This was also the first installment of the 2014 Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers Futurity Super Series. Fifty-seven of the 89 entries enrolled their bulls as Super Series eligible by paying an additional $300 entry fee, for a total of $17,100 (100% payback). That purse will be divided over the 3 Super Series events and $5700 will be paid back to the Top 4 Super Series enrolled bulls at each of the 3 events (1st – $2280; 2nd – $1710; 3rd – $1140; 4th – $570).
Dennis & Jan Owens stepped out in front with their bull #291 with a score of 90.75 points to win the futurity and a check for $5206. Bull #291 was also enrolled into the Super Series and earned an additional $2280 for a total of $7486. Finishing second was bull #731 Stormy Nights, owned by Prewitt & Downer with a score of 89.25 points. Stormy Nights earned $3760 plus $1710 (Super Series) for a total of $5470. There were 3 bulls splitting 3rd, 4th and 5th place all with scores of 88.75 points, including Ronnie Chism’s bull #20X; Dennis & Jan Owens’ bull #23/9 and Rockin R Bucking Bulls’ bull #Z26. Each bull earned $1976. Ronnie Chism’s bull #20X was the only one of 3 that was enrolled into the Super Series and earned another $1140 (Super Series) for a total of $3116. Coats/Bryant’s bull #19 OSB finished 6th and was also Super Series eligible and earned a combined total of $2233.
“The Super Series was put together to enhance the payout at 3 of our UBBI regular season futurity events,” explained Randy Schmutz. “Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers has been our partner on the Super Series since it started and for the past 3 years has awarded a year’s use of a brand new 4 Star aluminum trailer! Dennis & Jan Owens were our first High Point Super Series Championship in 2011. CJ Pilcek (Rockin Rafter P) were our winners in 2012 and purchased the 4 Star trailer at the end of the year. Tom Peterson won the Super Series in 2013 and also purchased his trailer. It’s a great promotion and we’re happy to have Wayne Hodges as our partner!”
The Spring Spectacular Futurity had 89 entries and paid 17 places. Other winners included Rafter 3S/Donaho; Wolfe Rodeo & Scott Cattle; Scott & Heather Burleson; DAM Cattle Company; McConnell Bucking Cattle; CF Rodeo/A&W; Doughtie/A&W; Oakes/Green/Moss; Pillow Bucking Bulls; Justin Massey/4G and Barker Bulls.
The Spring Spectacular begins it’s second 10 years in 2015! Be watching for some exciting news about next year’s event!
The Spring Spectacular began in Stephenville, Texas in 2005 and grew to become the largest regular season bucking bull contest and bull riding event in the industry. The event has hosted Futurity, Derby and Classic bull competitions, Buckin’ Bred Livestock Sales, Bull Ridings and entertained VIP guests including World Champion Cowboy Harry Tompkins; World Champion Bull Rider Jim Sharp; Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Bull Fighter Rex Dunn; Six time All Around Champion Larry Mahan; PBR Finals Champion JW Hart; World Champion Bull Rider Jerome Davis and other cowboy notables like Clinton Anderson (Down Under Horsemanship), just to name a few.
Back in 2011, this extraordinary event found itself in a new home and hosted by a “new” organization called the United Bucking Bulls, Inc (UBBI). The UBBI was an upstart organization, put together by Jerry Nelson and Jimmy Ray and managed by Randy & Amber Schmutz. The event was moved and held in Wills Point, Texas inside the Austin Indoor Arena. In 2011, one-hundred Forty different breeders from 11 different states competed with 232 different two, three and four year old bulls. The following year, in 2012, the event attracted a record number of entries including 92 derby bulls, 55 classic bulls and 137 futurity bulls for a total of 284 bulls.
“It’s been an amazing run to see the Spring Spectacular grow into what it is today,” stated Randy Schmutz. ”It confirms to us that when you treat people the way you want to be treated they will come! Amber and I both have enjoyed watching the Spring Spectacular become what it is today!”
The 2014 Spring Spectacular celebrates it’s 10th year as one of the premier bucking bull events in the country. This year 219 different bulls will compete in the Derby, Classic, Futurity and Women’s Futurity competitions. The UBBI will once again roll out the red carpet with it’s Spring Spectacular Breeders Social and complimentary dinner and calcutta on Friday (April 4th) at 4pm. The Top 10 in each event will receive a 10th Anniversary Spring Spectacular award jacket and the winner in each event will also win a Tres Rios Silver Championship Buckle. The event will also feature the first of three Futurity Super Series competitions presented by Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers.
The Futurity Super Series allows participants to enroll their bull or bulls into an exciting “side pot”! A one-time $300 enrollment fee for each bull will be paid back 100% to the Top 4 placing Super Series Eligible bulls at each of the three Futurity Super Series events. With 54 bulls enrolled this year, $16,200 in Super Series bonus money, $5400 in each of the 3 series events, will be paid back to the Top 4 placing Super Series eligible bulls. If one bull wins all three Futurity Super Series competitions the UBBI will award $100,000 to the Super Series Champion. The High Point Champion after the final event will receive one year’s use of a new 4 Star Aluminum Trailer from Wayne Hodges!
“The Spring Spectacular has always been one of the largest events in our industry,” stated Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. ”It’s a great time of year to crack out new bulls and see how they stack up to the competition that’s out there. It’s also an opportunity to preview the 2 year olds that may be competing in the upcoming UBBI Gold Standard Futurity!”
Everyone is invited to be a part of the 10th anniversary of The Spring Spectacular!
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The 2014 UBBI Gold Standard & Diamond Futurity event is just around the corner. This is the 4th annual event and once again will feature 150 of the top futurity bulls in the country on April 25th & 26th.
“We’re extremely excited to be able to pay out $150,000 once again this year at the Gold Standard Futurity,” stated Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. ”With the Lifetime and Lottery positions that are offered for this event, it allows us to almost guarantee the largest single futurity payout for the UBBI season!”
The Sycamore Springs Ranch in Locust Grove, Oklahoma became the new home of the Gold Standard Futurity in 2013 and once again Jerry Rush and his staff will open their gates to UBBI members from across the United States for this year’s event.
Randy Schmutz said, “Gold Standard week is always a great time and with the addition of the Diamond Futurity again this year, it’ll be a busy weekend for all of us!”
The Gold Standard Futurity list of competitors (see list) has been set, but their are some positions available for lease this year. Please contact the UBBI office if you’d like to participate. The Diamond Futurity was introduced last year for those who’d like to bring additional bulls and compete in a separate contest or for those who do not have a Gold Standard position. Money won in the Diamond Futurity does count toward UBBI National Finals qualification.