Gary Yeary (Brody's father), Tim Lanier (COO of Kansas Star Arena), Phil Nightingale (General Manager Mel Hambelton Ford), Don Gay & Randy Schmutz presenting new truck to Tour Champion Brody Yeary. Photo by Gautreau
In the action-packed final round of the Don Gay Bull Riding Tour and United Bucking Bulls, Inc. National Finals, the bull riding champion walked away with a nice check and a brand new Ford pick-up truck from Mel Hambelton Ford of Wichita. The funny thing is, he’s barely legal to drive it.
Brody Yeary, 17-year-old bull rider from Brock, Texas came into the finals as the No. 1 man on the DGBRT, and he left that way too. With season earnings of over $19,000, Yeary emerged as the 2014 Don Gay Bull Riding Tour Champion.
“I never thought I’d win a truck, but I had the opportunity, so thanks to everyone at the Don Gay Bull Riding and UBBI and Mel Hambelton Ford,” Yeary said and added that the first place he’s going to drive his new ride is a bright and early start in the morning back to Texas to compete in a high school rodeo.
Ricky Aguair winning Tour Finals Championship on Cracker Jack from Carpenter & Hudgins. Photo by Gautreau
Another rider who was having a good Saturday night is Ricky Aguiar, Stephenville, Texas, who posted a score of 87 points on Cracker Jack, a bull owned by Carpenter & Hudgins. That score was the single highest score of the event and earned Aguair the Tour Finals Championship and a bonus of $4,000!
“I had seen the bull one time before and thought we’d fit pretty good together, got blessed and made a good bull ride,” Aguiar said.
He added that he hadn’t had the best results earlier in the tour but was hoping to make it up at the Finals. With a paycheck of $3,200 in the Championship Round, which included the highest pay out in the “Rank-Rider Score” competition as well, Aguiar’s hopes came to fruition with a total cash haul of $7,200!
Hopes were also high on the other side of the chutes, as stock contractors vied for their own championships with their bucking stock. Fifty bulls competed in the Championship Round, with the Top 25 from the first round of the Derby (3-year-old bulls) and Top 25 from the first round of the Classic (4 year-old bulls) coming back for Saturday night. And one man who knows firsthand about competition is Stock Contractor,
Cord McCoy with wife, Sarah, winning the Derby Finals Championship with their bull Playgun. Photo by Gautreau
Professional Bull Rider and Amazing Race Contestant, Cord McCoy. McCoy & 2 Bit Bucking Bulls’ bull Playgun, named after a famous horse of a friend of McCoy’s, took home the title of Derby Finals Champion and $21,769 in Finals money.
“He knows his job. He likes the arena floor. Even when the rider comes off, he keeps working the crowd,” McCoy said, citing wife Sara’s part in qualifying the bull for the Finals. “It’s bull competition. If you’re trying to produce the bulls, the only way to prove you’re raising top-quality bulls is to bring them to town and compete,” he said.
Playgun finished as the Reserve World Champion Derby bull.
Taking the title of World Champion in the Derby was the bull Hard Time, owned by Moss Brothers.
The Moss Family earns Derby World Championship with Hard Time. Photo by Gautreau
“People like him. They know what he’s going to do, and he’s rider friendly. So if someone does ride him they’re going to be a lot of points on him,” explained Owner, Gideon Moss, who added that Hard Time had had a “hard time” of his own, recovering from a mid-season injury to come back and clinch the title.
Hard Time earned a total of $17,515 in total season earnings to win the UBBI Derby World Champion buckle!
Another stock contractor who shares that sentiment is Cory Melton. “It just gives everybody in the bull business the opportunity to put value to their animals. In this business, with the UBBI steadily growing, it’s fun to see it get bigger and bigger. There’s definitely a lot of interest here,” Melton said of UBBI.
Bad Tattoo is crowned UBBI Finals and World Champion Classic bull, owned by Folds/Strickland/Nelson/Ray/Melton. Photo by Gautreau
His bull, Bad Tattoo, owned by Folds/Strickland/Nelson/Ray/Melton, took home double honors at the Finals. Bad Tattoo won the first round with a score of 89 points and was 87.5 points in the championship round to split 6th thru 8th places. Together with a combined score of 176.5 points, Bad Tattoo earned the UBBI Classic Finals Champion title and earned a total $21,415 in Finals loot. Bad Tattoo was crowed the UBBI Classic World Champion!
As a special treat in this year’s UBBI Championship Round, the boisterous crowd got to witness the Futurity Bonus Round, seeing 10 of the top 2-year-old bulls strutting their stuff rider-less for serious bonus cash, almost $7,000 extra, sponsored by the Kansas Star Casino.
“It’s the first time in the history of the business, [that] we’ve bucked 2 year olds in front of a crowd of people,” enthused UBBI General Manager, Randy Schmutz.
Bull #209 Bad Beagle owned by Jared Allen’s Pro Bull Team showed in front of a full house with a score of 88.5 points to earn $3,375 in bonus cash. Finishing in second was bull #1201 High Cost of Living form Rafter 3S & Donaho, earning $2,025 with a score of 88 points. And in 3rd was bull #Z26 Acting Crazy from Rockin R Bucking Bulls. His score was 86.75 points, earning $1,350.
And as an added bonus at this year’s UBBI National Finals, Rawhide Portable Corral Systems presented a new portable corral to Chumley Cattle Company. His classic bull, Clayton finished among the Top 15 Classic bulls and was placed in a drawing and was randomly selected on Saturday during the UBBI National Finals Awards Banquet.
It’s safe to say that when it was all said and done, bull riders, stock contractors and bull riding spectators got more than they bargained for!
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