First Round of the UBBI National Finals Is In the Books

September 26th, 2014

Cody Huitt winning the 1st Go-Round buckle presented by 8 time World Champion Bull Rider, Don Gay. Photo by Brewer

The United Bucking Bulls Inc. and the Don Gay Bull Riding Tour Finals exploded onto the arena dirt on Thursday in the first round of a three-night competition. The event, held at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas, pits the rankest bulls against the bravest cowboys in a match of strength and skill. The action-packed evening saw the top-50 bull riders of the Don Gay Bull Riding Tour, founded by legendary Eight-Time World Champion Bull Rider, Don Gay, attempt an eight-second ride on 50 of the top UBBI Derby bulls (3 year olds).

With a total of 48 riders unsuccessful in making the whistle to eight seconds, it might be safe to say that tonight in Kansas, the bulls won, but there are two riders who might object.  The 17-year-old Texas sensation, Brody Yeary from Brock, Texas, who leads the current DGBRT Standings, posted an 85-point ride on Bean Counter Bucking Bulls,’ “The Goat” to finish second in the round with a qualified ride score.

“I’d been on the bull twice [at other events], and he bucked me off both times.  It felt really good to get him rode, “ Yeary said.

Yeary’s success came as the fourth rider out in the first section of the five-section performance, and it held strong as the only successful ride of the night until the third section when Cody Huitt from Porter, Oklahoma, rode “Fozzy”, a bull owned by BP Cattle, for an 85.5 score. For Huitt, who entered the finals ranked no. 19, the win resulted from keeping a clear mind and going back to the basics, he explained.   “It felt great. I don’t really know [the bull]. They told me he was a great bull, and it really worked out,” Huitt said of his ride.

Cody Huitt from Oklahoma winning the round with a qualified ride on Fozzy from BP Cattle. Photo by Gautreau

The riders competed for Round 1 total prize money of  $10,000 dollars. With Huitt taking home the highest amount at $1,800 and Yeary pocketing $1,200 in Qualified-Ride money. The remainder of the purse went to the Rank-Rider Pay-Off, an innovative system designed to reward cowboys monetarily for rides on the rankest bulls, regardless of an eight-second ride.

“Going out to announce, it always pained me to say ‘gosh he made such a great effort to ride that bull, and he rode him six or seven seconds, and he’s going to go home with no money.’ Well, I don’t want them to go home,” said Don Gay of the scoring system unique to the DGBRT.

Coincidentally, it was in fact Yeary’s eight-second ride on the bull “The Goat” that took the #1 spot as highest Rank-Rider score, adding an additional $1,400 to Yeary’s wins. His $2,600 total for the night further solidifies his place at the #1 spot in the DGBRT standings. The remainder of the purse, totaling $7,000 was awarded to 10 other riders who didn’t make eight second rides. This includes Ryan Reynal, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Ronny Kitchens, Mansfield, Texas, who also chase Yeary in the standings as the #2 and #3 riders respectively.

Dane Doggett of Fort Worth, Texas on Hard Time owned by the Moss Brothers. Photo by Gautreau

While the riders are competing for the championship, a total of $40,000 and a new truck from Mel Hambleton Ford of Wichita, the bulls are competing just as hard, for prize money totaling over $250,000. The winnings are awarded to the Top-25 of the 150 bulls performing during the entire finals competition.

The highest bull score tonight in the Derby competition came from Moss Brothers’ bull, “Hard Time” a champion who wowed the crowd at last year’s finals and emerged as a Futurity winner in the 2-year-old rider-less- bucking competition. Hard Time is back to win a new title this year as a Derby champion bull and came into the finals ranked second in the Derby Standings. “It was one of the best trips he’s had. He was right in the gate like he should be, like he usually is, and he had what it took tonight,” explained owner, Gideon Moss.

The bull scored a total of 88.5 points tonight, but he must perform well again when he comes back as a top-25 bull to compete in Saturday night’s final performance.

Friday night, the action continues with the same top-50 riders meeting the top-50 Classic bulls (4 year olds). After Round 1, for cowboys and bulls alike, the battle is truly, just beginning.

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The 2014 UBBI National Finals Rolls Into Kansas

September 23rd, 2014

UBBI National Finals Awards. Photo by Gautreau

The 4th Annual UBBI National Finals will return to the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas just south of Wichita on September 25-27! The stage is set and the bulls will begin arriving on Wednesday, September 24th. Over 100 different UBBI members from over 20 states will be bringing their best 150 two, three and four year old bulls to southern Kansas.

“We are looking forward to returning the Kansas Star Casino for our Finals this year,” said Jimmy Ray, co-owner of the UBBI.  ”Last year we had a really good time and everyone had a lot of fun. We’re expecting more people to travel to Mulvane this year to enjoy this great event! We’ve got bulls coming from North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska, just to name a few. They’re coming from all over the United States and we’re excited!’

The event will feature 50 Derby bulls on Thursday night and 50 Classic bulls on Friday night.  The Top 25 Derby and Top 25 Classic bulls will compete again in a second round on Saturday night to determine the average champions and top 25 in each category will get a check.  The Finals Champion (average winner) will earn a $10,000 bonus check in addition to a $10,000 first place event check.  This year, the Finals will once again pay go-round money to each of the Top 4 bulls in the Derby and Classic in each of two rounds.

“The breeders have supported what we’re doing and we’re giving back,” explained Randy Schmutz, the general manager of the UBBI.  ”The regular season Derby and Classic entry fees include an additional $50. That money is used each year to create a bull rider added money fund for the Don Gay Bull Riding Tour events.  The UBBI put up $2500 added money at each event and the added money fund puts up $2500 at each event. Any remaining money in that fund at the end of the regular season is paid out as go-round money in the Derby & Classic at the year-end Finals!’

Fifty (50) Futurity bulls will compete on Friday morning at 9am inside the Kansas Star Arena.  The two year old bulls will buck once to determine the Finals Champion, Year-end World Champion and Top 25 will get a check. The Finals Champion in the Futurity will win $10,000 in event money and will also receive a $10,000 Finals Champion bonus check!

“This year we have an added treat in the Futurity at our Finals,” explained Schmutz. “At the completion of the Futurity on Friday morning and after we’ve crowned our champions, the Top 10 Futurity bulls will be given the option to buck their bulls again on Saturday night during the final performance in front of a packed house! Entry fee for the Bonus Round is $675 and that will be paid back 100% (1st – $3375; 2nd – $2025; 3rd – $1350) to the Top 3 Futurity bulls on Saturday night!’

Check-in for all bulls begins on Wednesday and will continue until 2 o’clock on Thursday.  A mandatory breeder meeting will be held from 3 to 4:00 pm on Thursday in the Kansas Star Arena grandstands.  Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and the Futurity will be on Friday morning at 9am.  The UBBI National Finals Awards Banquet and Lunch presented by Rawhide Portable Corral will be Saturday at noon. The banquet is free to all Finals participants.

“John & Mary McDonald from Rawhide Portable Corral have really stepped it up for us this year,” stated Randy Schmutz. “They are providing our awards luncheon free of charge to all of our Finals participants and they are giving away a Rawhide Portable Corral!”

The Top 15 Finalists in the Futurity, Derby and Classic after the first round of competition will be placed into a drawing for the Rawhide Portable Corral. That drawing will take place at this year’s UBBI National Finals Awards Banquet.

Buckle up and hang on tight, it’s gonna be a wild ride at the Kansas Star Casino! Congratulations to everyone and Good Luck to all of this year’s UBBI National Finalists!

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2014 UBBI National Finals at Kansas Star Casino

August 27th, 2014

It’s hard to believe that the 2014 UBBI National Finals is just around the corner, but once again it’s time to gear up for the “Grand Finale” of the United Bucking Bulls, Inc season! The Kansas Star Casino will open their doors wide and lay out the red carpet for UBBI members and Don Gay Bull Riding contestants on September 25th thru the 27th.

“Wow! We’ve had an amazing year and now it’s time to celebrate the success of our members and their bulls at our National Finals in Kansas,” exclaimed Randy Schmutz, the general manager of the UBBI. “We’ve made some changes in the format at our Finals that we feel will add value and more money-winning opportunities for our members!”

The entry fees in all three categories (Futurity, Derby, Classic) have been changed from $1,000 to $1,350. The UBBI National Finals will still pay back 100%, but this year each category will pay 25 places!

Bull #626 Hard Time owned by Moss Brothers winning the UBBI Futurity Finals Championship and $20,363. Photo by Gautreau

Schmutz explained, “We wanted to insure that if you enter a bull at our Finals this year and finish there among the Top 25 you will get a check!”

The payout from 1st place thru 12th place will remain the same as last year. $10,000 for first and $1,500 for 12th and the Top 12 will receive a Tres Rios Silver Championship buckle. Thirteenth thru 25th place will be paid the equivalent of their fees back ($1350). The Finals Champion, which is the highest marked bull at the Finals in one round of the Futurity and the highest combined scored bull in the Derby & Classic after two rounds, will win $10,000! The Finals Champion Bonus does not count toward the World Standings. In addition to our Top 25 payout, each of the two go-rounds in the Derby & Classic will pay the Top 4 bulls each night as well.

As an added bonus, Rawhide Portable Corral System will give away a new corral system to one of our UBBI Finals qualifiers.

“John and Mary McDonald, owners of Rawhide, have really stepped it up for us this year,” stated Schmutz. “After the conclusion of the Futurity and the first rounds of the Derby and Classic, the Top 15 scored bulls at this year’s Finals will be placed into a drawing for a new Rawhide Portable Corral System! We will draw that winner at the UBBI National Finals Awards Banquet on Saturday at noon. The winner will be given full ownership of the system, it’s theirs to keep!”

UBBI Finals Champion & UBBI World Champion Derby Bull #79 JoJo owned by Owens & Lane won $23,253 in Finals earnings. Photo by Gautreau

The Futurity Finals qualifiers will also be able to take advantage of a new program. After the completion of the Futurity on Friday morning, the Top 25, the Finals Champion and the World Champion will be determined. The Top 10 Futurity bulls based on scores at the Finals will be given an option to enter and compete in a Futurity Bonus Round on Saturday night during the Final performance. Entry fees will be $675 and will be paid back 100%. The Top 3 bulls in the Bonus Round will earn $3375 for 1st place; $2025 for 2nd place and $1350 for 3rd place.

“This is something we wanna do to be able to showcase these great Futurity bulls on Saturday night in front of a full house of spectators and fans,” explained Randy Schmutz. “It’s a optional event and if a Top 10 bull owner does not wanna buck their bull again we will go to the #11 bull and so on until we have ten bulls competing on Saturday night! We just wanna give these guys a chance to show off on Saturday night and win some money while doing it!”

This year the Hampton Inn, which is on-site and adjacent to the Kansas Star Casino has expanded it’s room inventory and is offering UBBI National Finals attendees a special room rate. Reservations must be made prior to September 20th. Use the promotion code: UBB

#901 For Sale owned by McConnell's Bucking Cattle/Kenny Vaught winning the Finals Championship and $22,108. Photo by Gautreau

Check-in for bulls will be on Wednesday evening from 4pm to 8pm and Thursday from 10am to 2pm. Check-in for Finals participants will be from 10am to 2pm on Thursday followed by a mandatory meeting at 3pm in the Kansas Star Arena grandstands. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm each night and Friday morning at 9am for the Futurity. The UBBI National Finals Awards Banquet presented by Rawhide Portable Corral Systems will be Saturday at 12 noon in the Fire Club inside the Kansas Star Arena. A complimentary lunch will be served and this event is open to all UBBI Finals participants.

“Everyone in the UBBI office and Jimmy Ray and Jerry Nelson are really excited about this year’s Finals,” shared Schmutz. “It’s been a great year with entries numbers up at almost every event and we expect a lot of excitement and electricity inside the Kansas Star Arena!”

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UBBI Ends 2014 Season On High Note

August 27th, 2014

Bull #906 from Frontier & Ray winning the Classic. Photo by Gautreau

This year’s UBBI regular season ended in Palestine, Texas on August 22nd and 23rd. And from the number of bulls that participated, the season ended on a “high note”! There were 67 Derby bulls, 33 Classic bulls and 56 Futurity bulls. Along with the regular season event, the UBBI hosted the Youth Futurity Series Finale (see related story) and the Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity Series Finale (see related story). There were a total of 213 bulls competing in the two day event.

“The final event in Palestine was unbelievable! It was a great wrap up for our regular season,” stated Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. “Our entries were up across the board at most of our regular season events and our last event was no exception. And the competition was as tough as I’ve seen all year!”

Because of the large number of entries in the Derby, 51 bulls were bucked on Friday night and the remaining 16 bulls were bucked on Saturday night just before the Classic event. On Friday, bull #161 Moe Bandy from Dennis & Jan Owens & Bandy Mataska posted a score of 90.25 points that would prove itself hard to beat. At the end of the first performance it was bull #571 Backspin from Mutt Neuman in second place with a score of 90 points; Bull CH126 Cowtown Rocks from Carpenter/VonGontard was 3rd and bull #626 Hard Time from the Moss Brothers was in fourth place.

The Derby paid 13 places and on Saturday night at the completion of the event, bull #114 Midnight Bender from John McDonald would move into 10th place and bull #1030 Moon Lay Madness from McConnell’s Bucking Cattle would move into a split for 12th/13th/14th. The top 4 from Friday night would remain the same and Moe Bandy would pick up a check for $3852 and the Tres Rios Silver Championship buckle for the win!

Futurity Champion, Diamond S 203 from Diamond S Bucking Bulls showing his stuff. Photo by Gautreau

The UBBI Open Futurity followed the Women’s and the Youth Futurity on Saturday morning and with 56 entries the Futurity would pay 11 places. Diamond S Bucking Bulls came to town with 4 Futurity entries and 2 of the 4 picked up checks including the win with bull #203 with a score of 89.25 points. The win came with a check for $2,598 and a Tres Rios Silver Championship buckle. Finishing 2nd was bull #Z26 Acting Crazy owned by Rocking R Bucking Bulls with a score of 88.75 points. In third place was bull #412T from Dennis & Jan Owens and finishing out the Top 4 was bull #1201 High Cost of Living from Rafter 3S & Donaho. Others finishing in the money in the Futurity were Oakes & Green; Owens & Folds; 4K Bulls; Cord McCoy/Wayne & Nancy Decker.

The Classic event attracted 33 entries and some new participants to our final competition. Bull #906 from Frontier & Ray has been the “little bull that could” all season, placing along the way. But in Palestine this muscled up 1400 pounder proved he could play with the big boys by winning the event with a score of 89.5 points and a check for $2,656. That money moved #906 to third in the year-end standings to within $3,671 of the number one bull #055 Bad Tatoo owned by

Bull #161 Moe Bandy winning the Derby in Palestine. Photo by Gautreau

Folds/Strickland/Nelson/Ray/Melton. A first time bull to our Classic competition, #95X Dumber from D&H Cattle Company placed 2nd with a score of 88.75 points. Bull #0628 Blu Grass from K bar C/Josie McElroy/Spark-Lin Acres won 3rd place with an 88.25 point score. Two other new comers to our tour, bull #F Platinum Gold from Rafter 3 Ranch and bull # 12 Circle T’s Crossfire from Cody Ohl/Marvin Herb/Kash, both split 4th and 5th place. And bull #040 Skid Row landed in the number 6 spot for a paycheck, with a score of 87.5 points.

Sam Wyatt accepting the buckle for the Derby win on behalf of Dennis & Jan Owens & Bandy Mataska. Photo by Gautreau

“It was really great to see the number of entries at our final event of the regular season,” explained Schmutz. “And to see some new bulls come here and be successful was really good for us. Our growth this year has been humbling for us and we really appreciate our members and how they’ve made our organization what it is today!”

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UBBI Youth Members Celebrate Success at Finale

August 27th, 2014

2014 UBBI Youth Futurity Finale participants. Photo by Gautreau

Wow was the word most used all weekend at this year’s 2014 UBBI Youth Futurity Series Finale in Palestine, Texas! There were 40 youth futurity entries. . . .Wow! The youth raised over $12,000 in raffle ticket sales for the UBBI Youth Futurity Scholarship program. . . .Wow! Dominic Hogue sold over 200 raffle tickets. . . .Wow!

“Man what a year our Youth have had this season,” stated Randy Schmutz. “We have tremendous support from sponsors and parents and the youth. One of our regular season youth events had almost 50 entries and we finished out the season with our Finale and 40 different bulls participating! That’s outstanding!”

James Hogue, a UBBI member, owns Pull-Do Trailers and manufactures custom flatbed trailers in east Texas. He and his vendors donated a new 20′ flatbed gooseneck trailer to be raffled off by UBBI Youth members. Pull-Do Trailers, Greenville Steel and Redneck Trailer Supplies donated 100% of the trailer and materials and 100% of the proceeds will go toward the Youth Scholarship Program. UBBI Youth members sold over 1200 tickets and raised $12,070! Tickets will continue to be sold through September the drawing for the trailer will be held at the  UBBI National Finals in Mulvane, Kansas. If you would like to buy tickets, they are $10 and can be purchased by calling the UBBI office.

Dominic Hogue (center) winning the Little Blue Dummy for selling the most Youth Raffle tickets. Calli Schmutz (left) and Caden George (right) were the winners of the 5 custom made flanks. Photo by Gautreau

The UBBI challenged each member to sell as many raffle tickets as they could and those that sold at least 30 raffle tickets would be placed into a drawing. Two youth members would be randomly drawn and would receive 5 custom made flanks each from Danny Mason. Twenty-one youth members sold at least 30 tickets and Caden George and Calli Schmutz were drawn as winners of the flanks. The single member who sold the most tickets would be awarded a new Little Blue Dummy sponsored by Central Texas Products and the UBBI. Quinn McCoy sold 156 tickets and was runner-up. Dominic Hogue sold 206 tickets and was awarded the Little Blue Dummy!

“It is really exciting for us to see the number of youth in our Futurity program,” stated Schmutz. “With four events and the Finale we paid back over $40,000 to our Youth in prize money this year. And we have over $12,000 in seed money for our scholarship program that will begin next season!”

Brandon Stewart (center) and Maysun King winning the Youth Finale buckle. Photo by Gautreau

The Finale featured 40 different bulls and when all was said and done it was Brandon Stewart and Maysun King in the winner’s circle with their bull BW 243 with an outstanding trip and a score of 90 points. Stewart and King won $1,800. Finishing in second place was Logan Flip with Uncle Si putting up a score of 88 points and in third place was Stephanie Huff/S/J Cattle Co with their bull #2739 Panel Head. The Finale paid 13 places .

BW 243 from Brandon Stewart and Maysun King scoring 90 points at the Youth Finale. Photo by Gautreau

Baylee Burleson’s bull #653 Flip Flop split 8th and 9th place at the Finale with Blue Flame from Quinn McCoy and both bulls won $472. Together with his regular season earnings of $4380, Flip Flop won a total of $4852 in total money to win the Series Championship and the buckle. Baylee picked up the buckle for the Series win and several Top 10 buckles as well. Other youth finishing in the Top 10 for the Series and earning buckles were Brandon Stewart, Blaine Burleson, Logan Flip, Quinn McCoy, Calli Schmutz and Westin & Orin Cobb with Two Brothers Bucking Bulls.

Baylee Burleson collecting a lot of hardware including the Youth Futurity Series Year-End Championship. Pictured here with her brother Blaine. Photo by Gautreau

“It’s been said over and over that the Youth are our future, but it’s true,” stated Schmutz. “It was awesome watching these kids flank their own bulls and gain valuable “life experience”. I look forward to seeing these young men and women competing as adults one day. Then we’re gonna be able to say. . . .“I knew way back when!”

It was a great end to a great Youth Futurity season and the UBBI looks forward to making 2015 even bigger and better!

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Rhinestone Renegades Wrap Up

August 27th, 2014

Karen Shaw (center) wins Rhinestone Renegades Series Championship. Pictured here with Top 10 winners. Photo by Gautreau

The 2014 Rhinestone Renegades Women’s UBBI Futurity wrapped up it’s season with it’s Finale in Palestine, Texas on August 23rd! The Rhinestone Renegades Women’s UBBI Futurity Series hosted it’s first event in Palestine, Texas on March 8th, followed by another on April 5th at the Spring Spectacular and June 7th at the Show-Me Shoot Out. By request, a fourth event was added during the Black Gold Derby in Locust Grove, Oklahoma on August 9th. Together with Joy Hawks, the UBBI sanctioned these events and the Finale.

This season, forty different Rhinestone Renegades members competed this season at five Women’s Futurity events, including the Finale.  All 40 women’s participants received a custom UBBI Women’s Futurity Series jacket, regardless of competing at the Finale.  Buckles were awarded to the 1st place winners, in each of the D brackets, at each of the regular season events. The Finale Champions in each of the 3D’s received a Tres Rios Silver Championship buckle and the Year-end Series Champion and Top 10 Year-end finishers based on money won received a special award.

Martha Kay Sanders (center) wins 1D. Lacy Nugent (left) accepts on behalf of Nicole Porter and Sarah & Maysun King winning 2D & 3D. Photo by Gautreau

“It was really exciting to see the women enjoy themselves at our regular season events and the Finale,” stated Randy Schmutz. “I want to say thank you especially to Joy Hawks and her staff for helping make this a success! We look forward to making it even bigger and better in 2015!”

Seventeen Rhinestone Renegades competed at this year’s Finale and teenager Martha Kay Sanders was number one with bull #23 Shonuff with a score of 86.75 points. Sanders won 1st place in the 1D and pocketed $1,147. Winning second in the 1D was Megan Downer with bull #6 As Seen On TV, scoring 86.5 points and winning $765. The winner in the 2D bracket was determined by being 3 points behind the number one bull. Nicole Porter’s bull #2-414 put up an 83.75 point score to win 1st place in the 2D and Joy Melancon won 2nd place with a score of 82.25 points with bull #218 Kaw-liga. The 3D bracket was won with an 80 point score from Sarah King with bull #25 One Hung Low and 2nd place in the 3D was Lacy Nugent with bull #022, scoring 79.75 points.

Karen Shaw's bull #MLB20 Cutie Pie shown here winning Spring Spectacular Rhinestone Renegades event. Photo by Gautreau

Karen Shaw dominated the “money won” column this season, but she did not place in the Finale but was able to hold on to the number one spot in the overall standings! Although Martha Kay Sanders put up a late season push for the first place position, she finished 2nd behind Shaw by $382. Karen Shaw won the Rhinestone Renegades Series Championship, winning $2,137 and earned a custom made Dan Baca purse. The Top 10 received Dan Baca custom made wallets. The Top 10 included Martha Kay Sanders; Kylee Donaho; Rachel Norris & Sherry Prewitt; Megan Downer; Nicole Porter; Michelle Cash and Sarah King.

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More About the Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity Series:

Other than event staff, only women members are allowed behind chutes or in rigging areas during the futurity performance.  Women were assisted by Rhinestone Renegade staff and/or other women participants.

The payout was a 3D payout.  From the highest placing bull score, the 2D will be 3 points less than 1st place.  The 3D will be 6 points less than first place.  Total prize money in the 1D was 50% of the net purse; in the 2D was 30% of the net purse; in the 1D was 20% of the net purse.  Example: 1st place in 1D – 88.25 points; 1st place in 2D – 85.25 points; 1st place in the 3D – 82.25 points.  Pay-Out was 1 place paid for every 3 bulls entered, up to 20 places unless otherwise posted in Event Details. Total number of places paid was determined and then divided by 3D’s (1D, 2D, 3D).  When uneven number of places are determined, an additional place was paid in the 1D.  Example: 40 bulls entered divided by 3 = 13 places paid.  13 places divided by 3D’s = 5 places in 1D; 4 places in the 2D; 4 places in the 1D.

The Rhinestone Renegades Women’s UBBI Futurity Series competition is for 2 year old bulls (2012 Born) and all 2 year old bulls are eligible to participate in the women’s futurity events, regardless of ownership and/or participation in other futurity events.  Futurity Bulls are bucked with a dummy for 5 seconds and bulls do not have to be ABBI registered to compete.

Final UBBI Event of the 2014 Season Set For This Weekend

August 21st, 2014

The United Bucking Bulls, Inc will wrap up it’s regular season this weekend with it’s last event before the UBBI National Finals! Along with this final regular season event, the UBBI will host the Youth Futurity Series Finale and Women’s Futurity Series Finale in Palestine, Texas Friday & Saturday!

Bull #17 Crazy Horse, owned by DAM Cattle Company showing his stuff in the Classic at the Show-Me Shoot Out. Photo by Gautreau

“Wow! I can’t believe we are almost at the end of the road for another season,” exclaimed Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. “This year has been unbelievable with entry numbers up at almost every event! That tells us that our members are excited about what we’re doing and we only expect it to continue to grow!”

The Battle of the Bull UBBI event on August 22nd and 23rd attracted 56 Futurity bulls, 67 Derby bulls and 33 Classic bulls! The Youth Futurity Finale will feature 40 two year old bulls and the Women’s Futurity Finale will showcase 17 entries. That’s a total of 213 bulls competing for over $55,000 in prize money at our final event of the regular season!

The UBBI National Finals is once again scheduled for September 25 – 27 at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas and will feature the Top 30 bulls ranked Nationally in the Futurity, Derby and Classic and the Top 20 bulls from five different regions across the United States, for a total of 50 bulls in each category.

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Rhinestone Renegades Women’s UBBI Futurity Season a Success

August 21st, 2014
Since it’s inception in 2010, the United Bucking Bulls, Inc (UBBI) has made a tremendous effort to provide new and exciting opportunities for it’s members and add value to their experience each year. In 2014, the UBBI added the Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity series to it’s schedule and it has been a great success!

Joy Hawks with Rhinestone Renegades. File Photo

“We were very happy with the Women’s Futurity events this season,” stated Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. “Together with Joy Hawks and the Rhinestone Renegades, we added 4 regular season Women’s Futurity events and the Women’s Futurity Finale to our UBBI schedule. It’s been a really exciting season for us and our members!”

The Rhinestone Renegades Women’s UBBI Futurity Series hosted it’s first event in Palestine, Texas on March 8th, followed by another on April 5th at the Spring Spectacular and June 7th at the Show-Me Shoot Out. A fourth event was added during the Black Gold Derby in Locust Grove, Oklahoma on August 9th. Together with Joy Hawks, the UBBI sanctioned these events and the Finale.  All women futurity participants purchased a 2014 UBBI membership for $100 and entry fees for each event were $450.
Other than event staff, only women members are allowed behind chutes or in rigging areas during the futurity performance.  Women were assisted by Rhinestone Renegade staff and/or other women participants.
The payout was a 3D payout.  From the highest placing bull score, the 2D will be 3 points less than 1st place.  The 3D will be 6 points less than first place.  Total prize money in the 1D was 50% of the net purse; in the 2D was 30% of the net purse; in the 1D was 20% of the net purse.  Example: 1st place in 1D – 88.25 points; 1st place in 2D – 85.25 points; 1st place in the 3D – 82.25 points.  Pay-Out was 1 place paid for every 3 bulls entered, up to 20 places unless otherwise posted in Event Details. Total number of places paid was determined and then divided by 3D’s (1D, 2D, 3D).  When uneven number of places are determined, an additional place was paid in the 1D.  Example: 40 bulls entered divided by 3 = 13 places paid.  13 places divided by 3D’s = 5 places in 1D; 4 places in the 2D; 4 places in the 1D.
The Rhinestone Renegades Women’s UBBI Futurity Series competition is for 2 year old bulls (2012 Born) and all 2 year old bulls are eligible to participate in the women’s futurity events, regardless of ownership and/or participation in other futurity events.  Futurity Bulls are bucked with a dummy for 5 seconds and bulls do not have to be ABBI registered to compete.
In 2014, forty different Rhinestone Renegades members competed this season at five Women’s Futurity events, including the Finale.  All 40 women’s participants will receive a custom UBBI Women’s Futurity Series jacket, regardless of competing at the Finale.  Buckles were awarded to the 1st place winners, in each of the D brackets, at each of the regular season events. Buckles will be awarded to the Finale Champion in each of the 3D’s and the Year-end Series Champion and Top 10 Year-end finishers based on money won will receive a special award.
“I’m very excited for all the women and look forward to the Finale,” stated Randy Schmutz. “I want to say thank you especially to Joy Hawks and her staff for helping make this a success! We look forward to making it even bigger and better in 2015!”
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View Women’s Futurity Standings

UBBI Youth Gearing Up For 2014 Youth Futurity Finale

August 21st, 2014

In 2012, the United Bucking Bulls, Inc (UBBI) developed it’s Youth Futurity program to encourage participation among young bull owners.  UBBI Youth Members entering bulls into a UBBI sanctioned Youth Futurity must be between the age of 9 and 18 years old.  A Youth Member cannot be older than 18 years old, on the first day of January in the year in which the UBBI Youth Member applies for membership and must be at least 9 years old on the day of competition. In 2014 the UBBI added the Junior Youth division, allowing youth 8 years old and younger to participate. Junior Youth participants are allowed to enter bulls as long as an eligible Youth member flanks the bull for them. Youth Members are required to flank their bulls, but can be assisted by a UBBI staff member if necessary. Eligible Youth bulls are two year old bulls that have not won money in a standard UBBI, NBBA, ABBI or Open or Women’s Futurity.

UBBI Youth Futurity participants at the 2014 Red River Chute-Out. Photo by Gautreau

Randy Schmutz, the general manager of the UBBI had this to say ”We are extremely proud of our youth members and they have all done a tremendous job this season. It’s exciting to see these kids so enthusiastic about bucking bulls. The Youth events this season were outstanding and the number of entries continues to grow!”

In 2014, forty-two different youth members competed this season with 93 different bulls at five UBBI Youth Futurity events, including the Youth Finale.  All 42 youth participants will receive a custom UBBI Youth Futurity Series jacket, regardless of competing at the Youth Finale.  Buckles were awarded to the 1st place winners at each of the regular season events. Buckles will be awarded to the Finale Champion and the Year-end Series Champion and Top 10 Year-end finishers based on money won.

The UBBI would like to thank all of those who donated to the Youth Awards Fund to help us present all of these awards. And also to James Hogue with Pull-Do Trailers and his vendors, Redneck Trailer Supply and Greenville Steel, for donating the flatbed gooseneck trailer to be raffled off for the UBBI Youth Scholarship Fund.

At this year’s Youth Futurity Finale, 26 youth members entered 40 bulls into the competition. Baylee Burleson leads the standing with the top 2 bulls, #653 Flip Flop is #1 with $4380 in earnings and #23 Big Ox is #2 with $2612. In 3rd place is Calli Schmutz with bull #201 Mr. DJ with a total of $2156. This year’s Youth Finale will pay out 13 places.

Champions Crowned at the Black Gold Derby & Double Down Futurity

August 21st, 2014

David Floyd, Greg Simino and Casey Simino accept the Black Gold Derby Buckle and check for $20,000. Photo by Gautreau

The UBBI Black Gold Derby celebrated it’s 4th year in 2014 and once again some of the best 3 year old bulls in the industry gathered to see who would leave with the first place check of $20,000.  In addition to the Black Gold Derby, the event schedule also included the Double Down Futurity and Team competition again and added the Rhinestone Renegades Women’s UBBI Futurity event this year.

“The Black Gold Derby is a revolutionary concept allowing members to obtain a Lifetime or Lottery position in order to compete each year.  That created value!”, explained Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI.  “By expanding the event to include the Double Down Futurity and Team competition we’ve increased that value and added more fun and excitement to the event this year and for year’s to come! We were very excited to add the Women’s Futurity this year as well.”

The UBBI Double Down Futurity allowed Black Gold Derby participants to “double down” by entering a futurity bull and paying another $1350 entry fee and a $300 Team entry fee. The Team competition was an added value, teaming a Derby and Futurity bull together and paying back 100% the $300 Team entry fees.  This year’s Team competition attracted 40 Derby/Futurity Teams and paid back $12,000 to the top 6 teams.

The weekend’s activities started on Thursday evening with a Breeder’s Reception and complimentary dinner

Randy Schmutz and Joy Hawks present (from left to right) Martha Kay Sanders, Michelle Cash and Megan Downer their Rhinestone Renegades champion Buckles. Photo by Gautreau

followed by the 2014 Black Gold Derby Lottery and Presentation of the Futurity & Derby bulls.

“This year we had a number of Lifetime positions become available,” explained Randy Schmutz.  “We decided to once again auction 2 of them and use those proceeds to help fund the awards for the UBBI Youth Futurity Finale. We placed the other Lifetime positions in the Lottery drawing and the first Lottery applicants drawn received a Lifetime spot.”

Tyson Barnes with Smokin B Land & Cattle purchased a Lifetime position and new member Betty Finnell also purchased a Lifetime position, both for $1000 raising $2000 for the Youth Finale awards.

Jailhouse Jr winning the Rhinestone Renegades Women's Futurity. Photo by Gautreau

Friday morning the Futurity competition got underway and 15 Rhinestone Renegades tied the knot in their flanks to determine which of the women would earn money at Locust Grove, Oklahoma.  Michelle Cash was given the opportunity to use Ricky Carpenter’s bull #262 Jailhouse Jr and placed first in the 1D bracket with a score of 86.5 points and earned $1012.  Sharon Carpenter who flanked B-B Bucking Bulls’ #2007, won second place in the 1D and picked up a check for $675. The Women’s Futurity competition is paid off as a 3D competition and the 2nd and 3rd D’s are determined by dropping 3 points from the #1 bull score for the 2D winners and another 3 points from that position to determine the 3D winners.

Placing 1st place in the 2D was Kansas teenager, Martha Kay Sanders who flanked bull #23 Shonuff and scoring 83.5 points, picked up the check for $607. Finishing 2nd in the 2D was a new Rhinestone Renegade member, Betty Finnell from Elk City, Oklahoma. Her bull #213 Freckles scored 83.5 points and won $405. The 3D winners were Megan Downer with bull #6 As Seen On TV with a score of 80.5. She won $405. And Karen Shaw with her bull #MLB20 Cutie Pie with a score of 77.5 points, winning $270.

The Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity Finale will be hosted in Palestine, Texas on August 23rd. Eligible participants are any female contestant who has participated in a Rhinestone Renegades UBBI event during the 2014 season. Eligible bulls must have entered and competed as a two year old bull in a Rhinestone Renegades event.

Forty-one bulls participated in the Double Down Futurity and this year’s event paid out $41,000 and was divided

Red Rocket from Broken Arrow Farms winning the Double Down Futurity and $10,000. Photo by Gautreau

among the top 10 places. When the Oklahoma red dirt settled Broken Arrow Farms from Missouri collected a check for $10,000 for first place with bull #S232 Red Rocket, scoring 90 points. Red Rocket has earned $15,440 in UBBI cash with $5440 in UBBI Finals qualifier earnings and is currently ranked #9 in the standings. Bob Schaaf and Gene Baker were reserve champions with their bull #233 Duroc, scoring 88.5 points and earning $7130. Finishing in 3rd place was Sweet Emotion owned by Nathan Wolfe & Scott Cattle and rounding out the top 4 was Bull #111 from Parsons/Owens. Also earning checks were Jerry & Aaron Halpain; John & Sydnee Donaho; Wallgren/Komat/Barrett; On the Edge Bucking Bulls; Rocking R Bucking Bulls and Rafter 3S & Donaho.

This year’s Derby competition was considered one of the toughest all year with 84 of the top 3 year olds from across the country battling it out.  UBBI members from the United States and Canada gathered to see who had the best 3 year old.  With 84 entries, $84,000 was paid out with $20,000 going to the winner! The event paid 20 places.

Clever Kevin winning the Black Gold Derby. Photo by Gautreau

Forty-two 3 year old bulls started the competition on Friday night and at the end of the first performance it was bull #169 Clever Kevin from Simino/Floyd who posted a score of 88.75 points to lead the pack. Other top 5 bulls after the completion of the Friday night performance were #793T Decoded from Walker Bucking Stock; #140 Spring Fever from Dee Bland/Wolf Creek Cattle; #114 Midnight Bender from John McDonald and #117 Playgun from from Cord McCoy/2 Bit Bucking Bulls.

The action continued on Saturday afternoon with the remaining 42 bulls and it was a fight to the finish. Carpenter & Vongontard’s bull #CH126 Cowtown Rock set the pace as the fourth bull to buck on Saturday by posting a score of 88.5 points which ultimately placed him second overall. Other Top 5 performers on Saturday were bull #110 What A Burger from DAM Cattle Company; #1R4 Little Bit Rowdy from McConnell’s Bucking Cattle; #CH138 Cracker Jack from Carpenter & Hudgins and #1137 Cowbanger from Barrett & Prewitt.

When all was complete, Clever Kevin held onto 1st place and earned the check for $20,000 and Cowtown Rock was crowned the reserve champion with a score of 88.5 points and picked up a check for $12,000! See Complete Black Gold Results

The Team competition was really exciting with the pairings and the end results.  Participants had to designate their Team pairings before the start of the Futurity on Friday morning.  Broken Arrow Farms paired their futurity bull Red Rocket, who finished 1st in the Futurity with a score of 90 points, with Up North Cattle’s Derby bull Make It Here who finished 33rd with a score of 85.5 points, for a combined total of 175.75 points.  The team earned $3360.  In second place was Lumpy (6th/7th Futurity) from John & Sydnee Donaho and What A Burger (3rd/5th Derby) from DAM Cattle Company earning $2640 with a combined score of 174.25 points. Other team winners were Futurity bull #111 from Parsons/Owens with Derby bull Come On Baby from Cord McCoy/Tim Doughterty; Futurity bull Duroc from Schaaf/Baker and Derby bull California Kid from Dee Bland/Wolf Creek Cattle; Futurity bull Forco’s Dirty Little Secret from Wallgren/Komat/Barrett and Derby bull Little Jacob from Bean Counter Bucking Bulls and in 6th place was Futurity bull Scary Larry from Simino/Floyd and Derby bull Lester Gillis from Frontier/Folds/Ray/Strickland.

In other related news, it was disclosed that an age ineligible bull was entered to compete in the Black Gold Derby. After review it was confirmed and the bull was disqualified and entry fees were forfeited. The bull also competed in a regular season UBBI Derby event and won money. The bull was also disqualified from that event and prize money will be returned and distributed to eligible placing bulls.

It was a fun and exciting weekend!  With the Black Gold Derby, Double Down Futurity and Team Competition and Rhinestone Renegades Women’s Futurity, over $140,000 was awarded to UBBI members!

View Black Gold Derby Results

View Double Down Futurity Results

View Women’s Futurity Results

View Team Results

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