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!
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