The 8th Annual Boston Porter Memorial Bull Riding will be held this weekend in Palestine, Texas and it will be the 4th event of this year’s UBBI season. The event was established to honor Boston Porter, who lost his life in a tragic accident at the age of only 14 months. Boston was the son of Nicole Porter, who is the daughter of Jimmy & Kim Ray, the co-owners of the United Bucking Bulls, Inc. For the past seven years, this event has raised and awarded over $120,000 in scholarship assistance to Anderson County Youth who are involved in 4H and/or FFA. In 2014, the scholarship committee is expected to award over $20,000 in scholarships.
To help raise funds for this worthy cause, UBBI members, Lowell & Sylvia Clay have graciously donated a beautiful ABBI registered heifer to be auctioned off. Lowell & Sylvia are from Palestine and 100% of the auction proceeds will be donated to the Boston Porter Scholarship Fund.
ABBI registered heifer to be auctioned off. File Photo
The heifer is an own daughter of Wilder Side by Vortex (Mudslinger) and out of an ABBI registered female that goes back to two time PBR Finals bull, Crooked Tooth. This heifer has an outstanding pedigree that includes Mudslinger, Super Dave, Broke Back V, Backlash, Crooked Tooth, Vegas and Whitewater Skoal. Click HERE to view pedigree
The UBBI Youth Futurity will start Saturday morning (Mar 22) at 10 am with 36 entries. The heifer will then be auctioned off at approximately 11am, followed by the UBBI Futurity with 71 entries. The Boston’s Buckaroos Kid Rodeo will be from 3 to 5 p.m., where the younger chaps are invited to try their hand at a handful of rodeo-themed events, from a calf scramble to mutton bustin’ to stick-horse racing and more. The UBBI Classic event and Don Gay Bull Riding will be Saturday evening at 7:30pm.
Children who would like to participate in Boston’s Buckaroos Kid Rodeo must register ahead of time at the Dogwood Trails Festival. Registration will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Look for the booth near the Kids Zone, which is in the Redlands / Citizen Bank parking lots.
Jimmy Ray, the grandfather of Boston Porter and co-owner of United Bucking Bulls, Inc., said volunteers help to put on the event each year, “A lot of people that work for me in the rodeo business, they donate their time for this event to help support it! We’d like for everybody to come out and support it.”
As for the UBBI bull competition, Ray said the lineup includes athletes who know what they’re doing on a rank bull, “When they say rank bulls, the bulls are like those you’ve seen on TV. A lot of them haven’t been ridden for eight seconds. We have a lot of bull riders that follow our tour and that ride every weekend, and there’ll be some really good guys here.”
Advance tickets to the bull riding competition can be purchased at Cavender’s Boot City for $12 or $15 at the gate. Admission to Saturday’s daytime events, which includes the junior futurity and kid rodeo, is $5. For more information, call Kim Ray at 903-731-4943.