Walker West showing a little excitement while his bull Sky Jack 2 performs! Photo by Gautreau
The United Bucking Bulls, Inc (UBBI) produced it’s first sanctioned bucking bull event in 2011 in Winnie, Texas! Now in it’s 6th season, the UBBI has experienced growth in all areas, but is probably most excited about the UBBI Youth Futurity Series.
“It’ really overwhelming for me to see the explosion of our Youth Futurity program,” explained Randy Schmutz, the general manager of the UBBI. “In 2012, we hosted 3 Youth Futurity events with a total o f 43 entries! In 2016, we hosted 6 events with 312 entries! Wow. . . .that’s simply amazing to me!”
In fact, the UBBI Youth Futurity Series experienced a 42% increase in
Bull #14-6 Livin the Life from Karson Arjona. Photo by Gautreau
participation from 2015 to 2016. Almost 60 different youth members participated in 2016 at 5 regular season events and the Youth Futurity Series Finale with 105 different youth eligible bulls! What’s interesting about these numbers is the fact that the UBBI Youth Futurity rules only allow each member to enter and participate with no more than 2 bulls per member at each competition. The Red River Chute
2016 UBBI Youth Futurity Finale contestants. Photo by Gautreau
Out UBBI event in Ada, Oklahoma hosted the largest youth futurity with 65 total entries!
“We’ve tried hard to give these kids a fair shot and allow ’em all to be competitive,” stated Jimmy Ray, co-owner of the
Westin Cobb receiving the 2016 UBBI Youth Futurity Merit Scholarship. Photo by Gautreau
UBBI. “And it shows! We get new kids wanting to enter each year and we have a pretty darn good Youth Scholarship program, too!”
The UBBI Youth Scholarship program has awarded $23,000 in educational assistance to 10 different youth members during the 2015 and 2016 seasons! This has been made possible by two major sponsors, James Hogue, the owner
UBBI Youth Futurity Scholarship recipients (l-r) Blaine Burleson, Millie Chisim, Westin Cobb, Wyatt Schiell. Photo by Gautreau
of Pull Do Trailers and Rockin’ R Bucking Bulls (David Findley & Chad Ramer).
The 2016 Youth Futurity Series concluded in Palestine, Texas on August 2oth with 33 different youth members competing with 45 bulls entered! Kason Arjona from Missouri earned the 1st place buckle with his bull #14-6 Livin the Life posting an 89.25 point score and earned $1923. Finishing a close
Youth Futurity Year-End Champion, Blaine Burleson. Photo by Gautreau
second, was bull #-16 Pasture Blaster from Blaine Burleson, scoring 88.5 points. The third place finisher was Kirby Rawlinson, with her bull #4124 Coca-
Youth members helping with the Pull Do trailer drawing. Photo by Gautreau
Cola Kid with an 87.5 point score. And rounding out the top 4 was a split for 4th/5th place, with bull #409 Can’t Get It Right from Cassidi Porter and bull #415 Turn Me On from Blaine Burleson.
Each year the UBBI awards at least $8,000 in performance scholarships based on points. At every youth event, each bull earns a point for each bull it beats. In other words, if there are 45 bull participating the 1st place bull earns 44 points. The second place bull earns 43 points and so on.
This year’s winner of the Finale was Kason Arjona with his bull Livin the Life scoring 89.25 points, earning Kason a $1,000 scholarship. The Top 4 High Point bulls were: 1st Place #3-16 Pasture Blaster owned by Blaine Burleson $2500 scholarship; 2nd Place 3X716 War Head owned by Wyatt Schiell ~ $2000 scholarship; 3rd Place #04 Prayer Warrior owned by Westin Cobb/Two Brothers Bucking Bulls ~ $1500 scholarship; 4th Place #405 Kick Start owned by Millie Chism.
The 2016 Youth Futurity Series Merit Scholarship recipient was Westin Cobb. Westin is a sophomore at Walker High School in Walker, Louisiana. After graduation, Westin plans to attend Louisiana State University (LSU) and pursue a degree in Agri-Business. Westin was awarded a $2,000 scholarship!
More than once we’ve all heard the phrase, “. . . .our youth are the future!” We all know it’s true and we can see it in all of our UBBI Youth members!