Denny McCoy and his champion bull Opus continued their winning ways to kick
#Tc 302 Opus winning the Derby. Photo by Gautreau
off the 2016 UBBI season! Bull #Tc 302 Opus, picked up right where he left off as the 2015 UBBI Futurity World Champion Bull by winning the Derby event at the Rock N Bull Series event in Mineral Wells, Texas with a score of 89.25 points and pocketed $2,898. The top 2 spots in the Derby were held by
Denny McCoy accepting the Tres Rios buckle for the Derby win. Photo by Gautreau
McCoy Ranches bred bucking bulls with Cord McCoy & Kevin Graber placing second with bull #307 Ice Breaker, scoring 88.75 points. Oklahoma breeders seem to dominate the Derby with Rockin R Bucking Bulls’ (Chad Ramer/David Findley) #A19 Bezerk placing 3rd with a score of 88.25 points. Rounding out the top 4 was bull #3706 from Tony Doughtie/Chase Foutch with a score of 88 points.
Ropckin R Bucking Bulls wins the Classic with #Z26 Acting Crazy. Photo by Gautreau
It’s interesting that Opus and bull #3706 both dominated the standings last year as futurity bulls, finishing 1st and 5th respectively. Ice Breaker won a total of $945 last year and finished 86th and Bezerk had no UBBI Futurity earnings!
“Watching these bulls progress from year to year is always interesting and exciting,” stated Randy Schmutz, general manager of the UBBI. “To see some bulls come out of no where and begin to make their presence known as a Derby or Classic bull makes the bucking bull industry so fun!”
It can be said that the same thing happened in the Classic on Saturday night in Mineral Wells! Last year’s UBBI Derby World Champion bull #Z26 Acting Crazy won his maiden Classic event with a score of 88 points, beating 19 other 4 year old bulls and earning $2,300! Finishing 2nd was a new bull from S/J Cattle Company, bull #2739 Flat Top Pete with a score of 87.5 points. In third place was bull #274 Blood Brother, owned by Ray Cattle Company, with a score of 86.5 points. And receiving the fourth place check, from Illinois, was bull #121 Thunder Kat owned by Tommy Scates/Half Diamond T LLC.
Stormy Foster accepting the buckle for the Futurity win and girlfriend Nikki Cunningham getting the check. Photo by Gautreau
The futurity featured 59 two year old bulls and paid out 11 places. Bull #411 Pat’s Pride, owned by Stormy Foster/Terry Williams, was the second bull to perform on Saturday morning and set the bar for everyone else to jump over. Pat’s Pride, raised by Pat White of Louisiana, posted a score of 89 points and the other bulls were unable to surpass the mark! Stormy Foster/Terry Williams earned
Futurity champion bull #411 Pat’s Pride. Photo by Gautreau
$2,788. Finishing in second place with a score of 87.75 points was bull #496 from Diamond S Bucking Bulls, followed by 3rd place finisher, bull #411 Kickin Butt from 2C Bucking Bulls/Hookin W with a score of 86.5 points. The fourth place bull was #411 Top Line from Tom Peterson/Peggy VanCleve, scoring 86 points.
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