The 1st Annual Ante Up UBBI Futurity was held in Palestine, Texas on March 8th with 54 competitors bucking for almost $32,000 in prize money. UBBI members from New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas converged on the Anderson County Youth Livestock Arena and enjoyed a homemade hamburger lunch and Breeder Social and some exciting competition.
It was certainly exciting for Ashely & Will Butler and their partner Tony Doughtie and their bull #256 Buckskin Frank.
“My wife’s dad, Tony Doughtie has been really successful in the Quarter Horse Racing and wanted to get involved in bucking bulls,” explained Will Butler. “We purchased Buckskin Frank from Barry Neely and we were very happy with the result in Palestine!”
Buckskin Frank is an ABBI registered son of Night Life and out of a Big Bucks daughter that goes back to Kish’s Copenhagen Cash. This was Buckskin Frank’s second outing this year. His first was in Fort Worth at the NBBA Bonanza Breeders Invitational.
“We’ve been bucking him out of the left hand delivery and he’s been turning back to the right,” shared Butler. “At Fort Worth he got tangled up trying to turn back to the right and didn’t do well. We changed deliveries at the UBBI event and it worked out really well. We’re very happy with Buckskin Frank’s performance!”
Buckskin Frank posted a score of 89.5 points and the win earned the Doughtie/A&W partnership a check for $6949. Finishing second was Barker Bulls (Larry Barker) bull #222 Down Time with a score of 89.25 points and $5370 in prize money. Third place was earned by Jake Shannon/Blake Riley’s bull #616 Juicey Kat with a score of 89 points and $4106 in UBBI earnings. Other Top 10 finishers included Simino/Floyd; Wilson/King; Tommie Pounders; Dennis & Jan Owens; Rockin J Bucking Bulls; Barrett/Wallgren/Komant and Andrus Livestock. The event had 54 entries and paid 10 places and money earned at the Ante Up Futurity counts toward UBBI National Finals qualification.
Randy Schmutz, the general manager of the UBBI explained, “A number of our members asked that we add a futurity to our UBBI schedule that had a little higher entry fee and paid back a little more. The entry fees were $950, which were double our normal entry fee and we paid back 65%, so the purse was really healthy! We had a homemade hamburger lunch and got to visit with everyone before the event and everybody seemed to have had a good time!”
The UBBI is looking forward to next year’s event. . . . .so everyone get ready to ‘Ante Up’!
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