The Washburn Company, Washburn/Barclay/Jacobs

Just because Owen Washburn has retired from bull riding, doesn’t mean he’s retired from competition. This former World Champion bull rider is hunting a new world title this year as a bull team owner in CBR’s Palace Station Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge.


The competition and opportunity the bull team format provided prompted Owen to get involved. “I feel like it’s a great opportunity to compete with bulls and not just haul them to bull ridings for out money. It just gets everybody involved and that’s the thing I like most about the bull teams,” Owen says.


Every stock contractor’s job is to know his animals and choose the venue that suits them best. Owen felt his bulls were a good fit for bull team competitions. “I thought it would work really good for my kind of bulls. They’re not bulls that are really strong and slam everybody in two jumps; my bulls are good to get on,” he says.


Owen is involved with two CBR bull teams. One, which he owns entirely on his own, is The Washburn Company. He also partners with Seth Barclay and Chris Jacobs and provides the bulls for the Washburn/Barclay/Jacobs team. “Chris Jacobs and I have been partners on bulls for years,” Owen explains.


The Washburn Company team has consisted primarily of Daddy’s Boy, Bad Brown and Chocolate Joey throughout the regular season. The Washburn/Barclay/Jacobs team has used several bulls, including Seth’s good bull Game Face.


Both teams did well in the regular season and finished in the top 15 to earn a spot in the Palace Station Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge Finals on July 25-26 at Cheyenne Frontier Days.


Because Owen recently sold Bad Brown, he hasn’t ironed out all the details for team rosters yet. “Daddy’s Boy and Chocolate Joey will be on a team and then there’s some young bulls that have done well at the bull ridings I can pick from,” Owen says.


Regardless of which bulls make the trip from Owen’s New Mexico ranch to Cheyenne for the finals, you can bet this world-class competitor will be heading north looking for a win. Owen says, “We’ve been real lucky so far, now we just want to have a good week in Cheyenne.”