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10.02.2014
CBR’s Championship Futurity Tour Enters the Post Season

The regular season of the Championship Futurity League Tour (CFT) is over, and the post season is here. The $50,000 check is sitting at the Lone Star Expo Center in Conroe, Texas, ready to be endorsed to the stock contractor putting together the winning combination of the highest marked scores from 3 two-year-old bucking bulls. At 9 AM on Saturday, October 4th the action will begin and by noon a new 2014 CFT World Champion will be crowned. 

Similar to a post season baseball manager, franchise owners and managers are borrowing, begging, and buying the best bucking bulls in the country to bring to Conroe for a shot at the $50,000 first place prize. With $135,000 total purse fair game, the industry’s top producers of bovine athletes have all found a spot on a CBR team. Many of the entries are recurrent contestants, but many are late comers as bulls develop as they get older and the bulls that bucked well in March may not still be the best buckers on the market today.

To find out who might be the big winner, we broke down and analyzed a few teams, picking out their strengths and weaknesses and figuring out how they got to the postseason. Below, you'll find a capsule for a few of the teams that are touting some of these top two-year-olds.

HOW THEY GOT HERE

30 teams have emerged after 4 events to claim the CFT Bucking Bull playoff spots.  Franchise owners have included the top bulls from around the industry including the top 5 bulls from last weekend’s UBBI World Finals and several top finishers in the ABBI American Heritage event held in June. 

PLAYERS TO WATCH  

The Barrett/Wallgren/Komant/Prewitt/Stewart/Rafter 3 Ranch Team, managed by Brett Barrett of Duncan, Oklahoma is gunning for the title this year after finishing second at last year’s CFT World Finals. Brett Barrett, who once won $300,000 in 7 events with a two year old, expects Forco’s Dirty Little Secret, a son of Zorro that boasts $50,000 in personal earnings, to lead his team. Stormy Nights, who was 3rd at the American Heritage, has been stronger of late, according to Barrett. Both finished in the top 10 at UBBI World Finals. Brett’s third entry, 243, is a bull that was recently marked a 90 at the UBBI Youth Finals. #243 is a paint bull owned by Brandon Stewart and Trey King. 

The DAM Cattle Company Team has the #2 marked bull of the Gold Standard Futurity fortifying his youngsters. 1201 High Cost of Living just missed the $50,000 payday by .5 points at that event in April. You can bet John Donaho has put together a great team to be in the hunt after narrowly missing that $50,000 check earlier this year.

Andrus & Barker

Andrus/Barker #Team 1 includes bulls hailing from World Champion Bull Rider Owen Washburn’s breeding, 312 Cluster Buck and 309 Big Chew.  All of these bulls have competed successfully in both UBBI and CBR futurity events. 

But if you are thinking Andrus and Barker’s Team #1 is the one to beat, think again. 

Andrus and Barker Team 2 is a solid trio all owned by David Simpson’s Diamond S Bucking Bulls. Diamond S is sending 2125 Wicked Stick, who is fresh off the trail winning the UBBI World Finals event last weekend in Mulvane, Kansas, to Conroe.  He is paired with 249 Midnight Dynamite and 218 Fat Bobby, also owned by Diamond S.  Wicked Stick, who came into the UBBI finals ranked #20 had a strong 89.75 performance that cinched the bull a first place check and the UBBI Finals Champion title. Though he had done well the last event of the tour, he had been somewhat hit or miss throughout part of the season, explained handler, Shane Dunham. “He really came on and did it when it counted today. He’s got a lot of kick. He gets off the ground, so the judges, they like that.” 

Rockin R Bucking Bulls

Chad Ramer, who has no names listed next to his bulls (a practice sometimes used by contractors in an effort to make their stock “earn” their name) has a proven producer listed on his no named team roster.  #262Z is the reigning 2014 ABBI American Heritage Champion. The bull may not remember he won $100,000 in June and that bank account may or may not be an indicator of how he bucks on the morning of October 4th. Four months of growth can sometimes change a bull’s bucking pattern, but rest assured all eyes will be on this D & H Cattle Company bred bull.   

JQH Bucking Bulls

JQH had a consistent presence in the CFT winner’s circle this year finishing first at the July 12 CFT and having the high marked bull at the June event.  256 Sid Vicious is a Straight Jacket son out of a Gunslinger cow. He's only been to 1 ABBI event and placed in the top 10.  Next up for the Amarillo based team will be 344 who belongs to –D Bucking bulls and has been hauled to UBBI events all year. 327 Ninja is owned by Bland Bucking bulls and was the NBBA youth finals champion. 

Scott Cattle Company’s will buck Sweet Emotion in Conroe. This bull finished an impressive second with 89.5 points at the UBBI Finals. 

The Dirt Devils Team is counting on the consistently second place bull, 56Z Lifting Lives. He was second at both the ABBI Mega Futurity and the Locust Grove event.

Team Owens

The dynamic husband and wife duo of Dennis and Jan Owens is anchored by 291 Rocky Mountain High. RMH finished 3rd with an 88.5 score at UBBI competition winning a season total of $15,520 in UBBI.  In the beginning, Dennis and Jan bucked RMH on the left side, but he always ended up back to the right, so they made the switch on his delivery and explained that he’s been raking in the money ever since. “He’s won us a lot of money this year and a trailer from Wayne Hodges 4 Star Trailers.”  111 Make It Rain also joins Team Owens with a solid top 5 finish at the UBBI Finals and the ABBI Locust Grove Mega Futurity.

Mike Johnson’s Team has the two time winner of the highest marked bull at a CFT qualifying event, 279 Bottoms Up. Owned by Mitch Terrell, this bull has been consistently in the money on the two year-old tours. This young superstar bull beat a field of 142 bulls by only a 1/2 point to win 1st place at this year’s UBBI Gold Standard Futurity, posting a score of 90.5 points. His earnings are in excess of $75,000.

With over 90 bulls are headed to Conroe for this star studded event only one thing is for sure. CBR Chairman and CEO Benny Cude along with CBR President Carl Wilburn will present a check for $50,000 to the winning stock contractor on Saturday morning.  Log on to follow all the action on cbrbull.com or find us on Facebook at Championship Bull Riding.


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