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05.11.2016
050 Gold Buckle

Sire: Lightning Jack       Dam: Hurst 650 (M17)

When 050 Gold Buckle left the Hurst Ranch in 2014 with Brett Barrett and Zach Craig, neither knew how bright this shining star would become and now for the second consecutive year he is nominated for CBR Bull of the Year after being named Co-Champion Bull of the Year for the 2015 season.

Gold Buckle competed in eight 2016 CBR Road to Cheyenne Tour events after an illness in March of 2015 sidelined the bull from bucking at the 2015 CBR World Finals in Cheyenne. He missed the first quarter CBR events in the fall, but was selected as bull power for the PRCA’s 2015 National Finals Rodeo where he carried Brett Stall to the 6th Round win.

He was rested and ready when he began his 2016 season in January. Assisting Brennon Eldred, who had bucked off 050 in Huron, to a semifinal round win with 90.5 score and a third place event finish. He was ridden only three times in eight appearances between January and May which included Eli Vastbinder’s 91 in Hobbs and rookie rider Joseph McConnell’s 87.5 points in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Gold Buckle’s rankest marked effort on the 2016 Road to Cheyenne was bucking off Tim Bingham with a 46.5 bull score in the semifinal round of the CBR event in Salina, Kansas in March.

“This five year old bucker is one that all the cowboys want to get on,” said owner Zach Craig. “He is like a bucking horse for the first two jumps, if you can get passed that he levels out and you are good to go. He kind of sets a trap for you to get you off quick,” continues Craig on why some of the top bull riders in the country have failed to get a score on him. 

As a competitor, Gold Buckle’s career stats have earned him six round wins as the rankest scored bucking bull, and 11 times a cowboy has had the winning score to win a round on him. But the statistic probably most helpful to the 26 CBR Qualifiers is the fact that if you draw 050 Gold Buckle you have a 61.1 chance of hearing the whistle.

Of the bull riders he has bucked off, 43 percent of them are lefthanders and 46 percent of them are right handed, but the one that surprised the crowd, contractors, and Tuff Hedeman was Sage Kimzey’s buck off at 6.72 seconds during the semifinal round of Tuff Hedeman’s long-standing Fort Worth Championship Challenge Bull Riding in April.

“That bull had me over the top of my hand the whole time and my feet were light the entire ride and I was trying to get more weight in there, but I knew I couldn’t go too far because of the way he moves you have to stay out and work your way in, I felt strong on him but my right foot got a little light and that was it… he was just better than me tonight,” smiled Kimzey who had ridden 76 percent of the bulls he had attempted in 2016.

2016 saw 050 moving from the final four Shoot Out round to competing for Championship Pro Rodeo in the Bull Team Challenge competition and selected as the team’s final bull bucking in the semifinal round at six of his eight appearances.

Of the 26 bull riders qualified for the CBR World Finals, 11 of them have attempted 050 Gold Buckle with No. 5 ranked Cody Rostockyj having been on him the most, five times with the advantage to the bull at 3 to 2.

“You can count on him to buck every time and give you enough points to come back winning or close to the top. If you stub your toe, he’s gonna throw u off,” said Rostockyj.

Trey Benton has pulled his rope twice around the reigning bull of the year, riding him both times including a 92.5 score in 2014. Neil Holmes enjoys the same stats riding 050 for two qualified rides.

Other 2016 CBR World Finals qualifiers who have successfully seen Gold Buckle are Reid Barker, Joseph McConnel, Newt Brasfield, Colten Jesse, and Eli Vastbinder. 

 He is known to go both ways and can buck out of the left or the right hand delivery.

“He seems to have a little more gas on the right side,” said Craig who admits he can buck from either side.

On the 2016 Road to Cheyenne, 050 Gold Buckle’s average bull score was 44.6, he posted two 90 point plus rides and he was awarded Bull of the Event (highest marked bull) this year in Salina, KS.

Gold Buckle is owned by Championship Pro Rodeo and partners include Benny Cude, Brett Barrett, and Zach Craig.


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