Barn2Buck Finds Niche to Expand CBR Bull Team League

William Barnett bought into the CBR Bull Team Challenge as a competitor late in the 2015 season when he purchased a team from Mike King that was already qualified for the CBR Finals. This year Barnett returns to the 2016 CBR Bull Team Challenge with four teams of partnerships, a truck full of sponsored bull riders, and has 10 events locked into his schedule for the remaining of the CBR 2016 season.

William Barnett, rancher, bucking bull stock contractor, industrial engineer, and safety environmentalist consultant, saw a parallel of genetics between the bucking bull industry and the thoroughbred racing industry and after a storied worldwide career in the offshore deep water drilling aspect of the oil industry, Barnett returned to what he loved as a young boy as both an investment and a super-sized hobby.

Riding calves, steers and junior bulls in earlier days, Barnett again returned to his Cherokee, Texas roots and ventured into the bucking bull world. Those Texas roots and that passion of his youth led Barnett to Championship Bull Riding.

“The Bull Team Challenge offers you a place to put a strategy together to win. You have to find the intensity, the kick, and the score of three different bulls and then factor in that they have to be able to ride him for 8 seconds,” said Barnett as he jumped in the truck to go see why the bulls were fighting.

The latter, continued Barnett is the niche that is the challenge in putting together the winning team.

“You have to put three of those together, haul them to the event and then see what rider you draw to determine the outcome.”

Barnett feels like most of the riders in the CBR are either great riders or are on their way to reaching their potential. Not only are the bulls more even, but the pen of riders are as well which is another reason the CBR is attractive to stock contractors.

“I don’t see the same caliber (riders) elsewhere, the young gunners at the CBR are coming up and turning into great professionals in front of our eyes.”

As far as his bulls to power four teams, Barnett had this to say, “I am adding 571 ZY Hez Twisted, who has won over $600,000 as a competitive bucking bull, and Cowtown Cartel, a coming four year old, to the team pool. Scott Burleson and I will bring in a calf called Houdini Martini and Case Closed also. We feel we have to have a group to choose from with that many events left on our schedule.”

Also lurking in the pastures outside Cypress, Texas will be Hou’s Willin, Final Judgement, and Lava Lanche, a bull sired by Avalanche.

Citing “single source responsibility and rider friendly” as the reason he selected and likes the Bull Team Challenge team format of Championship Bull Riding, Barnett’s journey to the CBR is always as interesting as my conversations with him.

“I always wanted some Plumber foundation cows, and then I had the good fortune of buying some off of Burch Rodeo Company. I believe, like race horses, the strong genetics come from the females,” continued Barnett.

“I bought a set of weanling calves with Scott Burleson in 2012 in Las Vegas. Then I bought three calves off Gilbert Carrillo that we eventually bucked in the million dollar program winning $16,000 last year.”

Success, as in business, followed Barnett in his “after 60” semi-retirement journey where his daughter has chronicled Warrior Racing and Barn2Buck in “made for television” documentaries.

Recent headlines from the Barn2Buck program include, “Texas Executives Win Big at Las Vegas During 4th Annual Bucking Bull Games Extravaganza”.

“We at Barn2Buck love the livestock business and sport of bucking bulls. It's awesome to see how the two bring family and friends (from all walks of life) together.... We specialize in breeding, training and creating partnerships or syndicates-- operating from our ranch northwest of Houston.”

Barnett states his goal is to take bovine athletes to a level where they will excel in futurities and aged competitions around the nation in various organizations, progressing to providing quality bulls to the all-professional levels of the industry. He also sponsors a team of bull riders, including professional bull riders and high school competitors, with the same goals in mind.

Barnett will be up early and often on the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne and his bulls and riders can be seen at the first event of the New Year at the CBR Bud Light Classic Presented by Alan Vines Automotive on January 16 and 17 at the Oman Arena in Jackson, Tennessee.