Thunder Rolls thru CBR Salina

Up until approximately 25 years ago, bulls were not even considered for bucking until they had reached at least three years of age. Even then, many were considered too young. As bucking bulls became a competitive sport in addition to bull riding, two-year-old futurities were introduced in the 1990’s as a way to add value to the bulls and females, making them eligible to compete for money at any and every level.

These genetically engineered athletes now could give their owners a faster financial return as well as earn large amounts of money, buckles, stock trailers, and more importantly a glimpse into the future of that animal’s ability to buck, which in turn was beneficial for the breeder’s effort and investment in the animal.

Today, these two-year-old competitions known as Futurities are a thriving part of many associations including Championship Bull Riding. Competing with their two-year-old bulls in the second leg of the CBR’s triathlon of the bovine world, the youngsters were judged on their kick, strength, and intensity - simultaneously, with how quickly they turn back with speed.

The CBR’s second two-year-old futurity event in 2016 drew young bucking bulls and their owners from multiple states to the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kansas to compete for a total purse of $35,625.

After watching the fifty-seven calves, grouped into nineteen teams of three, it was D&H Cattle Company’s team Thunder who earned 266.6, 4.5 points more than any other set of calves, to win the Showdown in Salina CBR Futurity. The trio of young buckers won $14,250, a Hyo Silver trophy buckle, and a custom bumper from Thunder Struck.

But it is probably no surprise to the Pages that their team was in the winner’s circle as their “bred to buck and beat you” program is in its thirty-first season. The program began in 1985, when H.D.’s father bought a trailer of bucking heifers for $1 a pound and began experimenting with bloodlines. Today, H.D. admits to loving the sport of bucking the younger generation.

“I really like the little guys, it’s more challenging and they have their whole lives ahead of them,” said H.D. who is a partner in the Rocking P Brand and D&H Cattle Company.

The Page’s winning trio in Salina included:

12B who marked an 87.5. Sired by W10 Stir Crazy (by Crazy Train out of Western Wishes daughter, 342-481) and out of Page 859U (by S49 Half Holy out of Page 602 who is sired by Backlash). He competed his yearling year at the ABBI Finals and before Salina his career earnings are $19,400 as an individual.

16B who was the highest marked calf at the first CBR CFT event in Lufkin was also marked 87.5 and is sired by 135X Best Wishes by Best Shot out of Western Wishes daughter, 342-481) and out of Page -3X (by S45 High Society X Page 90-161 (Broke Back V out of Mossy Oak Mudslinger's dam 590-228). At the tender age of two, he has earned $9,080.

The anchor of team Thunder and the highest marked bull calf of the day, 91.5, was 406 who was raised by Mittag Bucking Bulls before being purchased by D&H.  His sire is not verified as of today, but he is out of a Squirt Gun daughter. He has earned $9,700 thus far in 2016.

“Today he stayed with it after hitting himself a little leaving the chutes but he stayed with it and keeps getting better,” said D&H’s flankman Rooster Gilstrap who also had the Number 2 ranked team on his trailer.

Traveling with D&H Cattle Co. to Salina, the dynamic duo of David Prewitt and John Donaho finished in second place with 262 points and their best calf, 418 Hou’s Raising Cain posted 89.5 points to be the second highest marked bull of the futurity. Raised by David Prewitt of Ralls, Texas, 418 is out of a Whitewater Skoal cow and sired by Houdini.

“This bull (418) has a hair trigger in the chutes and we were pleased he had a solid out,” said Prewitt about his star calf that won the UBBI Futurity in Palestine in February. Brett Barrett started this calf, but with his bull riding schedule, I decided to move my two year old’s to John Donoho’s place in Sulphur, Oklahoma in early December.”

With John Donaho on the other end of the flank, the second bull on their team, 416 Macho Man has been out several times this year including in the CFT in Lufkin in February where he was the highest marked bull on their team.

“He is solid but I still think he is capable of a better trip,” continued Prewitt who is no stranger to identifying winners, he got his start in the bull business in 2007 by purchasing half interest in a bull that would go on to be the 2009 CBR Bull of the Year, Double Scoop.

The third bull chosen to represent Prewitt and Donaho, A10 Easy Keeper is owned by Dam Cattle Company and had a solid out a few weeks ago in Bordertown making him an easy selection based on his consistency. Prewitt and Donaho took home $10,687.5 for their efforts.

But as good as team Prewitt and Donaho were, one missed step and the third place team owned by Mike Sellers’ Up the Creek Ranch, was lurking just .25 points behind them on the final score sheet.

Sellers, sporting the third best bull of the day, calf 263 who is a son of Epic Wasp, aka Uncle, and out of a cow boasting Western Hauler genetics.

263 scored an 88.75 to tie 35B, an intense red calf representing the Page’s fourth place team known as the Trail Blazers who also took $3,562.50 home to D&H Cattle Company.  Team Trail Blazers was the first place team at the first CBR competition in Lufkin in 2016.

Mike Sellers’ two teams were third and sixth on the day and for the Sellers breeding program, 2016 has been kind of a coming out party. Sellers placed fourth at the first CBR CFT in Lufkin earlier this year.

Breeding and bucking bulls is a passion of the Oklahoma CBR Board member, but he is especially pleased that three of the six calves used on the two Seller’s teams were born and raised at his ranch. Sellers took home $7,125.00.

With two of the three Championship Futurity League’s events in the books, the teams will look forward to the CFT World Finale to be held in Conroe, Texas on October 1. 


2016 Salina, KS CBR Championship Futurity Tour Results