The Boston Porter Memorial Bull Riding was also the site of the first UBBI Youth Futurity of the season and the event attracted 36 youth bulls from 25 different youth members! UBBI Youth membership fees are $50 and event entry fees are $275 and $200 goes into the purse. The event pays out 1 place for every 3 bulls entered and the Boston Porter Memorial Youth Futurity paid 11 places.
Baylee Burleson was noticeably excited when her bull #653 Flip Flop performed and even more excited when she learned the results. Baylee’s bull #653 Flip Flop bucked his way into 1st place with a score of 90.5 points and earned the young lady from Hockley, Texas $1470. Weston and Orin Cobb, now known as Two Brothers Bucking Bulls participated with 3 youth futurity entries and placed with 2 of them. Bull #225 Silent But Deadly finished as the reserve champion with a score of 87 points and their bull #213 Let’s Do It Again finished in 5th place. Calli Schmutz was third with her bull #201 and the Wolfe Boys Bucking Bulls (Rody, Ryleigh, Cooper) picked up a check for 4th place with bull #131 Western Sky. Other youth members placing in the money were Quinn McCoy; Millie Chism; Conner Schmutz and Katie Tate.
“It is really neat to see these young kids get so excited about the Youth Futurity Series,” stated Jimmy Ray, co-owner of the UBBI. “This is a really good deal for everybody!”
The UBBI made some exciting announcements regarding the 2014 UBBI Youth Futurity Series, including scholarship awards and the addition of the UBBI Jr Youth Futurity Program.
“With the help of donations and other financial assistance, we are going to award at least three $2,000 scholarships this fall to UBBI Youth members,” shared Randy Schmutz. ”James Hogue and Pull Do trailers has donated a new 25′ dove tail flat bed gooseneck trailer to be raffled off and 100% of the proceeds will go toward scholarship program. We are still working out details and will be making some official announcements about scholarships this year!”
In addition to the UBBI Scholarship Program, the UBBI will give even younger members an opportunity to get involved. The UBBI Youth Futurity Rules & Guidelines currently require that youth members be at least 9 years old at time of competition and not be older than 18 at the beginning of the UBBI season. Additionally the youth member must flank the bull, but can be assisted by an adult.
“We’ve had several younger breeders asking to be involved,” explained Schmutz. ”We really don’t like to say no to these kids, so instead we are going to develope the Jr Youth Futurity Program!”
The Jr Youth Futurity Program will allow youth members that are not 9 years old to be involved as a participant, but not actually flank the bull. A Jr Youth Member can enter a bull, but must have an eligible (between 9 and 18 years old) youth member flank the bull. That member can be a sibling or other eligible youth member. Additional details and rules will be published before the next youth event in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
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