Bull of the Year Overview



               A lot of stock contractors say their bulls are like their kids. They take care of them, guide them and want them to succeed. And while not every parent dreams of raising the next Michael Jordan or Usain Bolt, you can bet your last dollar every stock contractor wants to haul a Bull of the Year.

               For one lucky stock contractor that dream could come true in Cheyenne this week. The Neckover Trailers Bull of the Year will be named after the CBR World Championships. Dakota Magic’s Double Scoop, the 2010 and 2011 CBR Bull of the Year, is out of contention and will be relinquishing his title to one of three possible up-and-comers.

               The current standings leader is Tablert Bucking Bulls’ 288 Bugle. A Bull of the Year title would be the crown jewel on what has already been a stellar career for Bugle. The Yellow Jacket son has 10 rides marked 90 or more in his career, two of which were at the National Finals Rodeo last December. In 2012, he has carried CBR riders to the high marked ride of the event four times. He’s the clear leader in the Neckover Trailers Bull of the Year race but two contenders remain close enough to catch him.

               Max Energy’s Curly Bob, owned by Bryce Cooper and partners, is sitting second behind Bugle in the Bull of the Year standings. Curly Bob is a consistent bucker, with an average bull score of 87. In May, he carried Cole Echols to a 91-point ride at the 35th Annual George Paul Memorial Bull Riding. The All Star Ranch group will have Curly Bob in top condition for Cheyenne in hopes of nabbing the title from Bugle.

               Currently sitting third in the Bull of the Year race is Joy Hawks’ Mission Top. He was the High Marked Ride bull in Fort Worth with a 90.5 and that’s not the only 90-plus ride he has to his credit. Mission Top was also part of Rhinestone Renegades, the team that won two Bull Team Challenge events in 2012. He’s got what it takes to put up big numbers but he’ll have to count on Bugle and Curly Bob faltering if he wants to climb from third to first.

               The bull that comes out on top will travel in style to CBR events next year in a new Neckover Trailer. The owner of the winning bull walks away with the championship buckle and every stock contractor’s dream – proof that they own the best bull in the business this year.