Rank Bull Scores Fuel the Salina Bull Team Challenge Competition

Nearing completion of his first full year as a CBR Bull Team owner, William Barnett of Barn2Buck Bucking Bulls, won his first event title and bull team championship on the highly competitive Road to Cheyenne. After winning the Salina, Kansas stop on March 26, and only two events left on the schedule, Barnett’s team sits at the top of the leaderboard of the CBR team tally, which serves as the qualifying bar for the $120,000 pot of gold sitting at the CBR World Finals held in July at Cheyenne Frontier Days. 

Enjoying the unknown is what Barnett enjoys the most about the CBR Bull Team Challenge competition. With multiple teams competing at most of the CBR Road to Cheyenne tour dates, he enjoys the mystery that comes with the draw sheet. 

“You never know… you can have two solid bulls and one short rank one that they can ride sometimes and sometimes they can’t and that third ride usually makes you or breaks you,”  said Barnett.

“Cowtown Cartel was really good with Trey Benton, but he only went about 2.9 which made me think we were out of contention for the win, but his 92.5 bull score carried my team,” said an extremely surprised Barnett who had to be retrieved from loading bulls to accept the award.

But before we dissect Barnett’s win, the 92.5 bull score was not the highest marked bull of the night. That honor went to 050 Gold Buckle as he set the record for the 2016 season. 

A son of Hurst’s Lightening Jack and out of a Hurst M17 cow, this bull has lit up the scoreboard on numerous occasions and Salina was no different. But this particular trip he led the rank side of the scoreboard with a 94 point bull score on a failed 3.57 attempt by Tim Bingham. 050’s score was a significant assist to the Championship Pro Rodeo team that came in second place in Salina. Cody Teel’s first time ride score of 89 points on Kojack was the anchor score for the second place CPR team.  

A fairly new bull to the CBR riders, -50 Divinity from B&M Bucking Bulls was the third highest marked bull score posting 90.5 points in the bull score column and 89 points in the ride column for the event winner Koby Radley. It was Radley’s first qualified ride in a rematch with the grandson of the great bucking bull, Western Wishes who bucked him off in Hobbs earlier this season.  

D4 Cattle Company’s 1086 Big Lew made his CBR debut posting 89.5 points to finish fourth in the bull score ranking while bucking off rookie Colton Jesse in 2.43 seconds.

Jared Allen’s bull, 25 Billy Jack, rounded out the top 5 rank scores in Salina with an 88.75 bull score earned while bucking off Demond Haynes in 4.51 seconds.

But while it was an evening filled with good bucking bulls who posted great bull scores, we return to the team portion and Barn2Buck’s team won with two of their three bulls being covered for a total score of 282.29.

“Y9 or Final Judgement, was 87.5 with a qualified ride, he can be higher, but I’ll take the 87.5, he is just a good old campaigner and you can count on him day in and day out,” continued Barnett.

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. 

Citing “single source responsibility and rider friendly” as the reason he selected and likes the Bull Team Challenge team format of Championship Bull Riding.

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 ranching and livestock which is what he loved as a young boy as both an investment and a super-sized hobby.

“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. 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.”


2016 Salina, KS CBR Bull Team Challenge Results