Since it’s inception, the United Bucking Bulls, Inc has made an effort to create positive opportunities for it’s members. In 2015, the UBBI added a Futurity Team Competition format to it’s schedule! The new United Futurity League (UFL) has given members an opportunity to “own” a team and participate with 3 bulls on a team at 3 different UFL regular season events and then a Year-End Finals. Forty franchises were offered and sold in the fall of 2014 for $3500 and each year the Franchise owners must pay an annual $2500 sustaining fee to keep and use the Franchise.
Each of the 40 Franchises will participate at 3 UFL regular season events this year. Two of the 3 UFL events are going to be held in conjunction with a regular season UBBI Futurity, allowing Team bulls to enter the UFL event and UBBI regular season Futurity. Futurity bulls will buck once and bull scores will count for each contest. Entry fees for a regular season UFL event are $2500 per team with a payback of 80% ($40,000). Eight places will be paid out at the regular season events with the 1st place team earning $15,000.
“Our goal was to give these bull owners more opportunities to win more money with their two year old bulls during the season,” shared Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. “Team bulls have the option to also enter the UBBI futurity and pay two entry fees. Bulls will buck once and the score will count for both contest events!”
Three-Hundred Ninety Thousand ($390k) dollars will be available to UFL Team owners during the 2015 season and UFL Year-End Finals!
The first of 6 UFL Team events was held in conjunction with this year’s UBBI Spring Spectacular in Locust Grove, Oklahoma! Twenty teams competed for the share in $40,000 in prize money and a shot at a $15,000 1st place check and beautiful buckle.
“I think most members will agree that it’s tough to put a really good team of 3 futurity bulls together,” explained Randy Schmutz. “But that’s what makes this concept so exciting! These team owners live and die by one bull’s good or bad performance!”
John Donaho and Jim Murff, owners of DAM Cattle Company had 3 solid performances from their two year old bulls and won $15,000 by only one-half of a point. Their bulls posted scores of 86.75; 86.5 and 84 points for a combined total of 257.25 points. In second place was Barrett & Prewitt & Barthold, scoring a combined total of 256.75 points with 86; 85.75 and 85 points. Chad Ramer and David Findley, owners of Rockin R Bucking Bulls finished in 3rd place while Nathan Wolfe and Terry Coleman landed in the number 4 spot.
Oddly enough, the highest single score from a team bull belonged to bull #3706 on the WTF/Ready or Not Bucking Bulls/Chase & Marty Foutch team with a score of 89.75 points. They finished in 1st place in the UBBI Futurity and in 5th place in the UFL Team competition with scores of 89.75; 83.75 and 80.5 points. There’s no denying it takes a “team” effort to be the #1 UFL Team.
Congrats to all the winners and we wish everyone the best of luck at the remaining UFL Team events in 2015!