2011 Dakota Magic Stock Contractor of the Year Danny Reagan

As a former bull rider, Danny Reagan knows what CBR competitors want in a bucking bull. “I haul bulls that I would want to get on if I was still riding,” Danny says.  “That’s helped me a bunch with the riders because they know they can win on anything I haul.”
 The high quality bucking bulls that step off Danny’s truck at each CBR event is the main reason he was named 2011 CBR Dakota Magic Stock Contractor of the Year. But having a high number of elite bovine athletes doesn’t come without a lot of hard work and dedication to the business of stock contracting.
 Danny started buying practice bulls when he was still riding. Soon the number and caliber of his practice bulls increased and he began hauling bulls for out money. Although he had wanted to bring bulls to CBR events for quite a while, it was 2010 before Reagan Bucking Bulls became part of the CBR team.
 “It took a long time to be able to get a bull in a CBR event. There were so many other guys who had good bulls too and they had enough bulls already,” Danny says. In 2010, the CBR announced the Palace Station Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge and Danny jumped at the chance to become a franchise owner.
 “One of the main reasons I bought a team at first was to be able to showcase my bulls in the CBR. I knew I had the right kind of bulls for the bull teams and I started winning right off the bat. I made more money doing that than I was making in out money and they saw what kind of bulls I had. Now I can pretty much go any time I want,” Danny says.
 Since purchasing a bull team, Danny’s presence in the CBR has grown at an exponential rate. His bull team claimed the reserve championship at the bull team finals in 2010. In 2011, his bull team continued to win and place at events but Danny also had the opportunity to spearhead CBR’s Ropin’ Dreams Name the Bull contest.
 Ropin’ Dreams is a non-profit organization that is dedicating to fulfilling the dreams of children who face daily challenges due to physical injury or illness. CBR’s Name the Bull Contest was able to bring a great deal of awareness to the organization. Fans of CBR had the opportunity to name Danny’s bull, 64 John Doe, and become an Honorary CBR Stock Contractor for the 2012 season. Eddie Johnson of Fort Worth, Tex. won the contest and renamed the bull Johnny Crash.
 “That bull is going to be one of my main team bulls this year,” Danny says. “I’ve also got a coming four-year-old whose name is and that’s probably the best bull I own right now. He will be a team bull too but he’s probably going to be more of a short rounder every time. I think he’s going to be one of the best bulls I’ve ever owned,” Danny says.
 With Johnny Crash and heading up the 2012 roster, Danny is excited for the upcoming season. “I’ve probably got the best set of bulls I’ve ever had coming up this year. I’m pretty excited about this season and how they’re going to perform. Most of them are bulls people have not seen at CBR events yet,” Danny says.
 Danny says winning the 2011 Dakota Magic Stock Contractor of the Year award was a privilege and he’d like to make a run at the 2012 title as well. “I’m going to every team event and, the way things are set up, I’m not going to miss an event. The more times I show up with bulls, the better chance I have of winning it again. I put a lot of miles on my vehicles to win it. Neckover gave me a new trailer this year and that helps a bunch,” Danny says.
  Making CBR events a main part of his schedule is easy to do because of the atmosphere. Danny says, “The CBR is very family-oriented. Everybody there is your friend and there are no strangers. Everybody hangs out with everybody and everybody’s equal. It’s one of the biggest and best associations out there. To be stock contractor of the year in an association like that is quite an achievement.”