The 12th Annual UBBI Spring Spectacular returned to Locust Grove, Oklahoma for it’s 2016 edition and it proved once again to be a “spectacular” event! Jerry Rush, the owner of the Sycamore Springs Ranch Arena joined forces with Aaron McWhorter and Grapevine Kawasaki~Polaris to offer a unique prize package this year, giving away a new Polaris Ranger. After checkin was complete on Friday afternoon the activities started inside the Sycamore Springs Ranch Mule Barn with food, fellowship and fun!
Bull #773 Top Spot from Tom Peterson & Peggy VanCleve splitting the win in the Derby. Photo by Gautruau
“I must say that people really enjoyed themselves at this year’s event and that is a very gratifying feeling,” stated Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. “We had a really good crowd at the Breeders Social and I wanna say a BIG thank you to Jerry Rush, Tim Fuller and the staff of Sycamore Springs Ranch for their hospitality in support of our activities on Friday afternoon!”
The weekend’s competition began with the Derby on Friday night with 36
D&H/Barthold’s bull #60-3 Inferno splitting the Derby Win. Photo by Gautreau.
three year old bulls. The Derby paid 7 places and found D&H Cattle/Barthold splitting the win with Tom Peterson & Peggy VanCleve. Their bulls #60-3 Inferno and #773 Top Spot both scored 89.25 points to split $2314 each. The McCoy Ranch bulls had a lot of success on Friday, with Cord McCoy/K-C Bucking Bulls placing 3rd with #387 Call the Law, Denny McCoy’s bull #302 Opus placed 5th and Cord McCoy/Kevin Graber’s bull #307 Ice Breaker placing just out of the money. Bull #20A High Test from D&H Cattle Company placed 4th with a score of 88.25 points. Sixth was bull #310 Power Plant from Tom Peterson & Peggy VanCleve and in 7th place was bull #193 from Sellers Bucking Bulls.
Bull 81Z Shot Gun from D&H Cattle/Milton Smith winning the Classic. Photo by Gautreau.
The Derby & Classic bulls were all bucked on Friday night and the Rank Bull Rider Tour attracted 44 bull riders. With 58 total Derby & Classic bulls, there was a 44 man long round and 14 man championship round. The Derby & Classic bulls were scored separately, but there was no denying the Classic bulls had their own bit of charisma. The Classic bulls are bigger, stronger, smarter and more experienced and it shows. There were 22 four year olds competing for top honors and the event paid 4 places. Bull #81Z Shot Gun from D&H Cattle Co/Milton Smith had an 89.25 point outing to win the event and $2530 and a Tres Rios Silver buckle! High View Cattle Company’s bull #212 Locke & Loaded
Aaron Halpain accepting the buckle and the vest for the win in the Open Futurity. Photo by Gautreau.
produced an 88.75 score for second place finish. Bull #210 Chao’s Ghost from 3J Bucking Bulls finished 3rd with 87.75 points and finishing 4th was Ray Cattle Company’s bull #274 Blood Brother.
The Futurity was packed with lots of excitement, including the opportunity to win a brand new Polaris Ranger UTV from Grapevine Kawasaki~Polaris and Sycamore Springs Ranch. This year’s Spring Spectacular also included the UBBI’s first United Futurity League (UFL) team competition of the 2016 season. There were 99 two year olds participating at the Spring Spectacular with 86 bulls entered into the UBBI’S Open Futurity. Of the 60 UFL Team bulls, 47 also participated in the open futurity event.
“The UFL Team events are always very exciting,” shared Randy Schmutz. “This
Bull #450B Striker from Halpain/Thompson winning the Open Futurity. Photo by Gautreau
unique team concept gives members a chance to team 3 bulls together and their accumulative scores win. The top 6 of 20 teams earn money with first place winning $15,000!”
It wasn’t until late in the futurity that we saw an 87 plus points bull. In fact, bull#450B Striker from Halpain/Thompson was the fourth from the last bull to perform and posted a score of 89.25 points to win the open event and $4257. Bull #411 Pat’s Pride from Stormy Foster/Terry Williams continued his winning ways to place 2nd with a score of 89 points. In third place was bull #263 from Mike Sellers posting a score of 88.75 points and finishing in 4th place was bull #81B Olaf from D&H Cattle Company scoring 88.5 points.
Other members placing in the top 10 were Tom Peterson & Peggy VanCleve; James Hogue/Chase Foutch; BS Cattle Co/Jack & Dot Verbois; Bland Bucking Bulls and D&H Cattle. With 86 entries the event paid 17 places.
The “new” Silver Select payout is now being used in all regular season UBBI Futurity events. Adding $50 to the futurity entry fee with 86 entries created a $4300 Silver Select payout (paid back 100%). After the Top 17 bulls were paid, the next 13 placing bulls earned their share of the $4300 Silver Select purse. The first 4 places in the Silver Select were tied with a score of 86.25 points. Bull #481B from D&H Cattle Co; bull #53B Not My Child form BS Cattle Co/Bob & Jeri Adams; bull #830 GDY 830 from Scott Cattle Co/Guidry Land & Cattle and bull #77B Medicine Man from Rockin R Bucking Bulls all earned $537.
Jimmy Ray, Aaron McWhorter and Jerry Rush presenting HD Page a new Polaris Ranger. Photo by Gautreau.
At the conclusion of the Futurity and with a tie for 10th and 11th place, the Top 11 Futurity winners were placed into a drawing to win the Polaris Ranger. Each of the Top 11 drew for a position. Once positions were determined each winner randomly drew for a key to start the Polaris Ranger. HD Page & D&H Cattle Company placed with 3 bulls in the Top 11 and had 3 opportunities to win the UTV. HD Page drew the 3rd and 4th place position and on HD’s 1st attempt the UTV did not crank. But on his second attempt with the 4th place key the Polaris Ranger roared to life and HD Page took home the new machine valued at over $11,000. Thanks once again to Aaron McWhorter, owner of Grapevine Kawasaki~Polaris and Jerry Rush with Sycamore Springs Ranch for sponsoring this tremendous award!
Winners at the Spring Spectacular sporting their new award vests and custom RTIC tumblers. Photo by Gautreau.
For the past 11 years the Spring Spectacular has treated everyone who comes and competes like royalty, and this year was no exception. Every member entering a bull received a UBBI Spring Spectacular ball cap and the Top 5 in each event also received a custom award vest. And everyone is already talking about the 13th Annual Spring Spectacular in 2017!
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