ABBI Off to a Strong Start to the Summer Season
PUEBLO, COLO. (July 17, 2014)-The last two weeks have been busy for ABBI, with two competitions in their home state of Colorado and one in Texas.
"Between our recent Colorado events, in Estes Park and Black Hawk, and our Gonzales event- we are off to a strong start for the busy summer season. Folks have their sights on the World Finals and it's exciting to see some new faces as our members bring their animals out to get them qualified for Las Vegas."
Estes Park kicked off the 4th of July Festivities, which then moved to the nearby town of Black Hawk. In Estes Park at the Bulls in the Rockies ABBI Vacation Getaway, D&H and Buck's Bruiser racked up the Classic Victory and also took the Maturity crown. On The Futurity side, it was Swamp Wreck from 01 Cattle who was victorious.
Rolls Royce (Tom Peterson) won the Black Hawk Double Down Futurity. Margy Time (D&H) won the Black Hawk Double Down Classic. Bruiser won the Derby. 8 Ball (Rockin R) and Playboy Gunner (Long Ranch/Let 'R Buck) split the Maturity title.
A Derby is for bulls 3 years of age. A Classic is open to bulls who are 3 or 4, whereas a Maturity is open to any bull 3 or older. Bulls can be entered in multiple categories as long as they met the criteria. A Classic with divisions will have one division where animals must have won less than a certain dollar amount to compete. In Gonzales, animals must have won less than $3,000 to enter Division Two. All Classic animals, regardless of money won, could enter Division One.
Pearl Harbor from Boyd/Floyd won the Division One Classic in Gonzales. Division Two winner was Little Z from Martinez Bucking Bulls. Little Z also secured a second-place finish in Division One. Holy Mullah from Garrett/Miloy won the Derby.
"Bo Davis always puts on an outstanding event in Gonzales, and we were happy to be a part of it this year," said ABBI President Brad Boyd. "We appreciate Bo deciding to use our ABBI Classic bulls for the two-day event and the crowd really seemed to appreciate the athleticism of our animal athletes."
The next stop of ABBI competition is August 15 in Tulsa, which will kick-off three consecutive weekends of Oklahoma ABBI events.
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ARCHDALE ROUND 2 CONTINUES LEGACY OF SUCCESS
PUEBLO, COLO. (June 30, 2014)-The second round of the Big Tex 3D Futurity Challenge featured both an ABBI Futurity and a Cowgirls for a Cure event. Torres Bros. Bucking Bulls won first in the Futurity on June 28 with an 88 delivered by their bull Torres 223. Splitting second with 87.25 was Stagger from Davis Rodeo Ranch/Luna Motorsports and - F -227 from Rockin' J Bucking Bulls.
Produced by Jerome and Tiffany Davis, the annual North Carolina event is the longest-running east coast ABBI event. The third leg of the event will take place in August.
"Jerome and Tiffany's Archdale events have been a cornerstone for the development of east coast bucking bull competitions and have been crucial in the growth of our sport," shared ABBI Executive Director Dan Meihak. "Round 2 was another outstanding event and Jerome and Tiffany showcased why they earned the 2013 ABBI Event of the Year Award."
The winning Cowgirls for a Cure bull was Stagger from Davis Rodeo/Luna Motorsports with an 87.25. $500 was donated to a local breast cancer charity.
"Not only was this an awesome event, Tiffany has really stepped up to help us with Cowgirls for a Cure," said ABBI President Brad Boyd. "Tiffany has now been on-hand at two events to help women who are competing for the first time with flanking their bulls and showing them the ropes behind the chutes. She and Jerome also made their own Futurity bulls available to any woman who wanted to enter but didn't have a bull of their own."
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ABBI, QualiTech and TwoBulls to Present Kent Cox Memorial Award
PUEBLO, Colo. (June 30, 2014)- American Bucking Bull Inc. (ABBI), QualiTech
and TwoBulls have created an annual award that will be presented in memory
of Kent Cox. The award was the idea of Jim McLain of TwoBulls, who had
worked with Cox professionally for many years but more importantly
considered him a close friend. The award will be given out at the World
Finals to one outstanding individual who has contributed to advancing the
bucking bull industry.
"We are pleased to announce the creation of the Kent Cox Memorial Award.
This award is designed to recognize those individuals that achieve
excellence and show commitment to the care and training of bucking bulls.
Those are the same attributes that Kent provided to this industry," shared
ABBI Executive Director Dan Meihak.
"I see this award as a way to honor Kent's memory," said QualiTech's Ron
Gordon. "When I think of Kent and his contribution to the bucking bull
industry, I think of innovation. He was always asking, 'can we do this' or
'what would happen if we did that'? Even with the success that he had in
the industry, he was always looking for a better way. His legacy of making
the bucking bull industry better will live on through this award.
ABBI members are encouraged to nominate people they think are
deserving of the award. Nominees must be involved in the bucking bull
industry, but do not have to be trainers or stock contractors. A
will review the nominations and the winner will be announced in Las Vegas
in October. The deadline to nominate someone is September 7, 2014.
KENT COX AWARD
Your Phone Number:
Your Relationship to Nominee:
Please Answer the Following Questions:
How is the Nominee involved in the bucking bull industry?
3.What qualities/attributes does Nominee possess that makes them a deserving recipient?
What contributions has Nominee made to bucking bull industry?
Any other comments or information you'd like to share with the Selection Committee?
Please answer these questions and email nomination to Susan@americanbuckingbull.com
or mail form to:
Attn: Susan Bedford
101 W Riverwalk
Pueblo, CO 81003
Deadline is September 7, 2014
Chaturanga Wins American Heritage: Over $300,000 Paid Out to Futurity Bulls
PUEBLO, COLO. (June 20, 2014)- In the world of competitive bucking bulls, there are two big annual events for 2-year-old bulls. One is the ABBI Las Vegas World Finals Futurity, the other is the ABBI American Heritage Futurity. With over $300,000 paid out at the two-day event to Futurity bulls over the weekend, it is no wonder that the American Heritage stands out among all the other regular season Futurity competitions each year.
"I think this was one of our best Heritages to date," said ABBI President Brad Boyd. "We had ABBI members from across the country in attendance and the level of the bulls was fantastic. Chaturanga from the Pages and SPR put on an outstanding performance and had a decisive win- he scored an 89.25, which was was two-and-a-half points better than the second-place bull."
Brutus claimed the crown for the American Heritage Derby, beating out an extremely talented field of 3-year-olds. His 88.75 was worth over $35,000 for owners Adams/D&H/Buck. The Derby paid over $150,000.
"We had over 300 bulls entered in our Heritage events," shared ABBI Executive Director Dan Meihak, "The response to this competition from our members is outstanding, year in and year out, and this was no exception. This is the one Futurity event that really forces you to trust in your registered genetics and your ability to spot the early-on potential in your calves-- and enter them for the American Heritage that will be taking place when they reach age 2."
There was also a Junior Futurity competition whose title was claimed by Kyle Kilgore for his outstanding bull Double Dose. TLW Bucking Bulls added $1,500 to the Junior purse and three straws from Code Blue, as well as flank straps to all participants. JD Nix donated straws from Panda and Two Bulls also donated supplement products to the winners.
The event was held at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla. The size and scope of the facility allowed every animal to be housed inside, a feature that could happen at few other arenas in the country. Just under half a million dollars was paid out between the three events.
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2014 marks the 11 year anniversary of American Bucking Bull Inc. (ABBI). Over the last decade, ABBI had established itself as the largest bucking cattle registry in the world. With over 160,000 animals registered in its DNA database, ABBI ensures the bloodlines of legendary animals are always preserved and protected. They are also the largest competitive bucking bull organization for professional stock contractors and animal athletes in the world, paying out over $3 million in prize money each season. Owned by shareholders, the ABBI has been able to raise the public profile of animal athletes to a whole new level. For more information: AmericanBuckingBull.com
Letter from Executive Director Dan Meihak: The Importance of Registration
The value of Registered Bucking Bulls has never been on greater display than it was last week in Fort Worth, Texas. The Teague Bucking Bull sale was a phenomenal sale for the Bucking Bull industry and should encourage those bucking bull enthusiasts around the country.
The sale comprised of 50 lots and averaged a whopping $15,062. The high selling bull, TBB 2660 is a full brother to I’m A Gangster and he changed hands for $110,000. Here’s the important point. TBB 2660 is Registered, and therefore his pedigree is verified by American Bucking Bull, Inc., an independent third party.
It’s a simple equation. Registered Bucking Bulls are worth more and consequently add value to your operations. "I am very grateful for all the support for my Sale and it just shows that the future for the ABBI and the PBR has never been better," shared Tom Teague.
Need another example? Jared Allen, recently purchased Magic Train for $210,000 from D&H Cattle Co. Magic Train has already won ABBI Classic events and is off to a great start in the Built Ford Tough Series. Magic Train was purchased online through The Breeders Connection, but the Pages also do several live sales each year which draw people from coast-to-coast looking to secure registered genetics from the most successful bucking bull breeding program in the industry.
The Pages have won PBR Stock Contractor of the Year six times and have had more ABBI Champions than anyone else. "As you well know, we are huge supporters of the ABBI Registry and feel like these animals that are DNA-proven bring top dollar where the ones that aren’t just bring sale prices," shared Johna Page of D&H. "This year our cow sale was one of the best we’ve had in several years."
Allen also purchased ABBI Registered bull Air Time from Scott Accomazzo, who is now currently ranked seventh of all BFTS bulls. Here again, is another example of a bull that is ABBI Registered selling for a high dollar amount. Come sale time, proven bloodlines equal higher purchase prices.
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For more information:
Susan Bedford, ABBI Communications Director
Cowgirls for a Cure First Event a Success
Raises $2,500 for Local Charity
Pueblo, Colo. (June 2, 2014)- ABBI's first Cowgirls for a Cure event was held in Decatur, Texas over the weekend and was a resounding success. $2,500 was raised for Mary's Gift, a local Decatur-area charity that provides mammography/breast screenings through Wise Regional Health Foundation.
"We are humbled by the overwhelming response to Cowgirls for a Cure," said ABBI Executive Director Dan Meihak.
"Women are enthusiastic supporters of the sport of bucking bulls and we're pleased to be able to give something back."
On hand for the event were all of the Cowgirls for a Cure Ambassadors: LeAnn Hart, Mesa Pate and Tiffany Davis. They were on the chutes to provide support and help anyone who needed assistance or pointers on flanking their bulls.
"The path for these women’s futurities was paved by Joy Hawks and her program Rhinestone Renegades," said Sr. Event Manager Erik Bohl. "But I didn't want to replicate their program and, at the same time, wanted this program to have its own unique identity."
ABBI teamed up with Tough Enough to Wear Pink to fight breast cancer and give female ABBI members a forum where they could compete against one another for a good cause. Money from each event will go toward breast cancer research, resources and education in the local communities where the Futurity events are held.
"The reality is that there are so many women in our industry who want to get involved now that we actually need more programs for women," said ABBI President Brad Boyd. "There is room in our sport for multiple programs- especially programs like this that are giving back to the communities and to such an important cause.
"Breast Cancer research is the perfect cause and to have a current breast cancer survivor, Ann Jolly, flank the first bull was amazing. And then to have Sharon Glover (who owns Sharon's Little Monster with D&H) win was inspiring- a woman winning her own fight with cancer! I’d say you couldn’t script it any better. Hats off to our amazing ambassadors Tiffany, LeAnn and Mesa for lifting this new brand to new heights."
"The great part about this event is that there are a lot of women who want to be in the back of the bucking chutes, but they are not quite sure; it is usually an intimidating place to be, that’s usually a man’s position," shared Hart.
"I see this being something that we do every year. I know that there are more being scheduled, like the one at the event that Tiffany and Jerome Davis put on in North Carolina at the end of June. I know that there are many things in the works, and I believe that there are a lot more women who would like to be involved with this, but may not have the nerve to get back there with a bunch of men – it is intimidating. If there are more women with us, then we are more grounded and at ease to go and help each other out rather than walk into a place and feel out of our element."
Participants can flank any ABBI eligible Futurity bull that is entered in their name in a Cowgirls for a Cure event (they do not need to own the bull). Tulsa and Archdale Round 2 are the next scheduled events. Please check AmericanBuckingBull.com for a complete schedule.
All of the shareholders are stock contractors themselves and the sale and purchase of any shares must be approved by the other owners. Led by industry leaders, ABBI is proud to have Currey Creek and Jared Allen assuming roles within the organization. ABBI has over 160,000 registered bucking cattle in their database and will pay out over $3 million in prize money this year at competitive bucking bull events.