The 2016 Gold Standard Futurity and Black Gold Derby once again set up camp inside the Pontotoc County Agriplex in Ada, Oklahoma! This year’s event along with the Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity and Double Down Team paid out just over $226,000 in prize money.
“Last year in 2015, we decided to combine the Gold Standard Futurity & Black Gold Derby, believing it added more value to both events to hold them together and on the same weekend,” explained Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. “This year we did the same and the Gold Standard paid out $120,000 and the Black Gold Derby paid out $87,000! Together with the “Double Down” Team contest paying back $13,200 and the Women’s Futurity paying $6075, that’s over $226,000 paid back to the top 2 and 3 year old bulls this weekend!”
The event started after checking in 234 bulls on Friday and then everyone gathered at the Breeders Social and Calcutta sponsored by the Rib Crib in Ada. Dennis and Jan Owens prepared some tasty desserts and together we fed almost 150 UBBI members. Once again this year a number of UBBI Lifetime Positions in the Gold Standard and Black Gold were auctioned off. One-Hundred percent of the money from the Lifetime Position auction went to the Youth Futurity Series Awards Program. Five positions were sold in each division and almost $5,000 dollars was raised!”
“There were some Gold Standard and Black Gold Lifetime positions that were not used this year,” explained Schmutz. “We decided to give our members a chance to purchase and own these positions and offered them up in an auction and 100% of the sales are going to provide awards for this year’s UBBI Youth Futurity Series Finale!
Bull 20A High Test owned by D&H Cattle Company producing a 90.5 point score to win the 2016 Black Gold Derby and $20,000. Photo by Gautreau
The Black Gold Derby on Friday featured 43 of the 87 three year old entries, and they set the stage for the weekends competition. At the conclusion of Friday’s performance, it was bull #20A High Test owned by D&H Cattle Company, who set the pace with a score of 90.5 points. Close behind was Halpain/Garrett’s bull #591 Smooth Over with an 89.75 point score. In 3rd place on Friday night was bull #35 from Robinson/Owens, scoring 88.5 points and in 4th place was bull #193 The Communicator from Sellers Bucking Bulls/UTC with an 88.25 point effort. A blood sample was collected from the top 8 bulls after Friday’s performance.
HD Page from D&H Cattle accepting the Tres Rios Buckle and check for $20k! Photo by Gautreau
The Black Gold Derby competition continued on Saturday night and there was no denying that the 90.5 point score from the previous evening was gonna be tough to beat. At the conclusion of Saturday’s performance, no one was able to beat High Test from D&H Cattle Company, but 4 bulls moved into the Top 10 including bull #317 Big Crush owned by Dunlap/Owens, posting a score of 89 points and finished 3rd overall. Moving into a 4th/5th split with bull #35, was bull #362A Heartbreak Kid from D&H Cattle/Erwin. Both bulls scored 88.5 points. Moving into a 6th/7th split with The Communicator, was bull #5A After Midnight from 01 Cattle/Hodges/Shuler. Both bulls scored 88.25 points. Saturday’s performance also produced the 9th place bull #310 Power Plant from Tom & Peggy.
A blood sample was also collected from 4 more Derby bulls after Saturday’s performance. A total of 12 Derby bulls were sampled for drug testing as per the UBBI’s Drug Testing Policy.
Sara King (center) with her daughter Maysun accepting the 1st place buckle in the Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity. Jan Owens (left) and Josey Miller (right) won the 2D and 3D buckles. Photo by Gautreau
One-Hundred Forty-Seven two year old bulls lined up to show their stuff on Saturday morning beginning with the Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity. The Women’s Futurity payout was changed in 2016 and now features a $375 entry fee and a standard payout (not a 3D payout). In other words, there were 27 entries at the Gold Standard Women’s Futurity and the event paid 9 places (1 place for every 3 entries). The Top 9 bulls were paid (1st thru 9th place). This is NOT a 3D payout, but the 1st place winner, 2D winner and 3D winner each received a Rhinestone Renegades belt buckle. From the highest placing score, the 2D winner was 3 points less than the 1st place bull. The 3D winner was 6 points less than the 1st place bull.
Bull #445 Powerball from Sara King & Rio Rojo Bucking Bulls scoring 88.75 points to win the Women’s Futurity. Photo by Gautreau
Sara King with Rio Rojo Bucking Bulls won 1st place with bull #445 Powerball, scoring 88.75 points. King won $1397 and a Tres Rios Buckle. Finishing in 2nd place with a score of 87.75 points was bull #144 Shortini from Amy Faulkner, who earned $1032; 3rd place was bull #414 from Kara Large/Elite with a score of 86.5 points and a check for $789; in the #4 spot and also first in the 2D was Jan Owens/Elite and their bull #407 with a score 86.25 points. Jan Owens/Elite earned a check for $668 and a Tres Rios Buckle. Landing in 5th place and earning $607 was bull #48 Loaner from Up North Cattle/Broken Arrow; 6th place went to Brittany Johnson with bull #B32 winning $486 with a score of 85 points. Josey Miller finished in 7th place was the 3D winner with a score of 83.75 points, winning $425 and a Tres Rios Buckle.
Tom Peterson & Peggy Van Cleve (center) winning the Gold Standard Futurity. Also pictured are Laramie Wilson (left) and Randy Schmutz (right). Photo by Gautreau
At the conclusion of the Women’s Futurity, the Gold Standard Futurity began. And with $120,000 up for grabs the competition was as tough as ever. The first 60 two year old bulls took center stage before taking a break for lunch. After the first half of the Gold Standard Futurity it was D&H Cattle Company who held down the top 2 spots. Bull #406 posted a score of 89.75 points and bull #460 Brawler co-owned by Sonny Barthold scored 89.25 points. In 3rd place, after the first half of the Gold Standard was bull #47 from Selman/Terrell with score of 88.25!
After the lunch break, everyone gathered to see the final 60 bulls and who would
War Cloud owned by Tom & Peggy scoring 90.5 points to win $35,000. Photo by Gautreau
ultimately win 1st place and walk away with a check for $35,000! After all was said and done, 5 bulls from the second half moved into the Top 10 in the Gold Standard and bull #423 War Cloud from Tom & Peggy moved ahead of D&H to take the lead and the win with a score of 90.5 points!
Other bulls finishing in the Top 10 include bull #450B Striker from Halpain/Thompson; bull #463 Red Rocker from Dee Bland; bull #411 Pat’s Pride from Stormy Foster/Terry Williams; bull #437B Lil 2 Train from Braindead/Sanders; bull #021 Buck Snort from 8-K Bucking Bulls and bull #419 Simple Man from John Donaho.
Participants in the Gold Standard Futurity and Black Gold Derby were given the opportunity to “Double Down” by selecting a futurity bull and derby bull and pairing them together on a team. The Top 5 teams with the highest combined aggregate score would share the $13,200 purse. There were 44 teams and the team of War Cloud in the futurity and Over the Top in the derby, both owned by Tom Peterson & Peggy Van Cleve won the “Double Down” and pocketed another $3960. The second place Double Down Team winner was Fireworks (futurity) owned by D&H/Bob & Jeri Adams and High Test (derby) owned by D&H Cattle Company. The 2nd place team won $3168.
Congratulations to everyone and a BIG THANK YOU to the staff and crew from the Pontotoc County Agriplex for making the 2016 Gold Standard Futurity & Black Gold Derby a huge success!
Click HERE for Rhinestone Renegade Women’s Results
Click HERE for Gold Standard Results
Click HERE for Black Gold Derby Results
Click HERE for Double Down Results
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