“All I can say is. . . .Wow!”, exclaimed Randy Schmutz, the general manager of the United Bucking Bulls, Inc. “The Red River Chute Out was tremendous. We were very excited to see all the entries and everyone support this event! We expect this event to become a destination event for our members in the future! And thanks to the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex and the Ada community for their overwhelming hospitality!”
The UBBI season is in full swing and the stop in Ada, Oklahoma was the 7th event on this year’s schedule. A total of 295 entries were featured in the Youth Futurity, Futurity, Derby & Classic. The Red River Chute Out also featured the 2nd of 6 United Futurity League (UFL) events.
Bull #Z7 Sketchy Bob from D&H Cattle Company winning the Red River Chute Out Derby. Photo by Gautreau
“This was the 2nd UFL event and we had 20 teams competing with 3 bulls each for a total of 60 UFL bulls,” explained Schmutz. “There were a total of 123 futurity entries with 103 of them being UBBI Open entries and the balance of 20 were entered only into the UFL event!”
After the bulls were all checked in, UBBI participants were treated to some real Oklahoma hospitality with the Breeders Social. Dennis & Jan Owens cooked and provided the brisket & sausage dinner and fed almost 200 people. Randy Schmutz shared some UBBI news regarding new events in Seneca, Wisconsin and Burlington, Colorado. And a venue change from Springfield, Missouri to West Seneca, Oklahoma on June 5th and 6th.
Schmutz explained, “Unfortunately the event in Springfield, Missouri cancelled but we were able to keep the same weekend and move it to the Bordertown Casino in West Seneca, Oklahoma. The new venue is only 90 miles from Springfield and about 20 miles south of Joplin, Missouri on the Oklahoma – Missouri state line.”
After the Breeders Social, the Derby kicked things off on Friday night with 83 entries. The 3 year old bulls showed their stuff and 16 bulls received prize money. When all was said and done it was D&H Cattle Company’s bull #Z7 Sketchy Bob in the first place spot with a score of 89.75 points. Sketchy Bob earned a check for $4295. Splitting reserve champion honors were Tom Peterson’s bull #3-16H Rolls Royce and bull #804 from Henry Mladenka/Fred Robinson/Bridges & Smith. Both bulls posted scores of 88.75 points. Finishing in the top 5 in a 3 way tie for 3rd, 4th and 5th place were bull #1201 High Cost of Living from Rafter 3S/Donaho; bull #267 from Diamond S Bucking Bulls and bull #231 Cracker Jack Gangster from Carpenter & Hudgins. All three bulls were marked 87.5 points.
“We really had an outstanding set of 3 year old bulls,” Schmutz said. “And there’s no denying we struggled a little in the bull rider department this weekend. We did not get as many bull riders entered as we’d like and there were a few that had some noticable trouble with the caliber of bulls featured on Friday night. We are always trying as hard as we can to attract the best bull riders we can to help insure that every bull owner has an equal opportunity to compete and be successful.”
Youth Futurity Series participants in Ada, Oklahoma. Photo by Gautreau
Saturday morning started bright and early with the UBBI Youth Futurity Series presented by Rockin R Bucking Bulls and TLW Bucking Bulls. The youth of the UBBI entered 40 two year old bulls and the competition was once again as tough as ever. A number of new youth participants joined us for the first time and came from as far away as Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Entry fees are $275 and the youth event pays back 1 place for every 3 bulls entered, so 13 youth earned checks this weekend in Ada!
On top was a member of the Burleson family, but this time it was young brother Blaine who picked up the buckle, sponsored by Tim Dougherty, and the check for first place. Bull #937 Uncle Jesse put up an 86.25 point score to
Blaine Burleson accepting the Youth Futurity buckle. Joined by sister Baylee. Photo by Gautreau
win first and a check for $1560. There was a tie for 2nd and 3rd place with bull #306 Doctor Bucks from Two Brothers Bucking Bulls (Westin & Orin Cobb) and another Blaine Burleson entry, bull #30 General Lee. Both bulls scored 86 points. Finishing in a 4th/5th place split with scores of 85.25 points, was Madison Tomaski with her bull #173 Titus and Anna Bullock with bull #32 Eat Mor Chickin.
Randy Schmutz made this statement, “It’s so refreshing to watch these kids and see the excitement and the look on their face when these bulls buck! I wanna say thank you to all the parents and to our sponsors for making this one of the most exciting Youth Series seasons we’ve had so far. Rockin R Bucking Bulls and Chad Ramer and David Findley as well as Tracy Williams with TLW Bucking bulls have really stepped it up this year with their financial support of our UBBI kids! And a thank you to all of our Youth buckle sponsors this year, too!”
After the completion of the youth futurity, the UBBI Open and UFL Futurity began. One Hundred
Bull #304 from Gary Long winning the UBBI Open Futurity with a score of 91 points. Photo by Gautreau
Twenty-Three bulls later, we found a winner. Bull #304 was a part of Gary Long’s UFL Team and also entered into the UBBI Open Futurity and put up the second highest futurity score this season, posting a score of 91 points. Bull #304 earned $5356 in the open futurity. Finishing in the #2 spot was Mike Rawson/Chase Foutch’s bull #12 with a score of 90.25 points. Third place was bull #29A Magic Maker from D&H Cattle Co/Flinn with a score of 88.75 points. Magic Maker was also enrolled into the Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers Futurity Super Series. The bull earned $2092 in the UBBI Open Futurity and an additional $2240 in Super Series bonus cash for a total haul of $4332. Rounding out the top 4 was bull #TC302 Opus from McCoy Ranches with a score of 88.5 points. Opus was the #2 highest placing Super Series bull and earned $1680 in bonus money. Bull #247 from Williams/Owens finished in 3rd place in the Super Series, winning an additional $1120 and Casey Cooley’s Bar C Bucking Bulls’ #C13 Copperhead Road finished 4th in the Super Series for a $560 bonus. With 103 bulls entered into the UBBI Open futurity, the event paid 20 places.
Rooster & Michelle Gilstrap accepting the buckle for the Classic win on behalf of D&H Cattle Company. Photo by Gautreau
As always, the Classic ended the weekend and it ended with a BIG bang! There were 49 Classic entries and the event paid 9 places. It proved to be one of the toughest Classic events this season, bucking off all the bull riders! D&H Cattle Company’s bull #32Y Bruiser put up a 91.5 point score to win first place and $3240. Second place finisher, bull #10 Damn Frustrating from Curtis Leschyshyn/4G Ranch scored 90 points. There was a tie for 3rd/4th place with bull #C116 Speckled Buck from Bill Clymer Bucking Bulls and bull #-147 Big Cat from TLW Bucking Bulls. Other bulls finishing in the money were bull #1137 Cowbanger owned by Barrett & Prewitt; bull #56Y Step Child from Cheyenne Owens; B&M Bucking Bulls/Hookin W’s bull #-50 Divinity; Sellers Bucking Bulls’ #126 Hood Rat and bull #138 Cracker Jack owned by Carpenter Hudgins.
The Red River Chute Out is quickly becoming the “go to” event and we look forward to what the future holds in Ada, Oklahoma!
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