Hudgins Weathers the Storm with CBR Bull Team

 Hudgins Weathers the Storm with CBR Bull Team


The first time I met and subsequently wrote about Jay Hudgins was in the fall of 2013 when he and Ricky Carpenter bucked a trio of youngsters to win $50,000 in the inaugural CBR Championship Futurity Team World Championship held in Scottsdale, Arizona.

A frequent name on the draw sheet and in the winner’s circle at CBR events, Jay Hudgins is a South Texas bucking bull breeder from Cypress, Texas and these days selecting names for his buckers has been easy – plenty of natural disasters swirling around near the retired CPA’s home to tap into.

Saturday at this year’s Conroe Bull Mania Hudgins bull team will be competing with his three bulls, 136 Harvey, 415 Category 4, and 138 Crackerjack.

Naming bulls after storms has been successful for Hudgins, his 136 Hurricane Harry was the high marked bull of the 2013 World Championship Team and was front and center last year in Conroe when Jeff Askey won his first event on the Road to Cheyenne and Hudgins bull was part of the winning equation. 136 and Askey teamed up for 88.5 points in the semifinal round.

Hudgins became well-known for using the same three half-brothers at many of the futurity competitions that year and if you dive a little deeper you will discover that these three bulls are still bucking on the three top professional bucking bull circuits.

In addition to 136 Hudgins bucked 107 Jailhouse Socks (a CBR and NFR Finals bull) and 138 Crackerjack (second in ABBI Classic in Vegas that year), who carried Matt Palmer to his first 90 points CBR ride in Window Rock just a few weeks ago. The three bulls are half-brothers on their sire’s side out of another bull Hudgins raised, Jailhouse Rock

The breeding on them is why they go on to be good rider bulls according to Hudgins who said Jailhouse Rock sired the three on the 2013 winning team and then they sold him to Shane George and he was really a good producer as an own son of Houdini.

In 2015 Hudgins was part of the top team in Championship Bull Riding’s Futurity League Finale for the second time. The trio of Carpenter, Hudgins, and Johnson were the winners of the CBR’s CFT Finale for two year old bucking bulls. What I remember about that moment was Jay trying on the custom Fenolgio boots during the interview, but a little research will show that the anchor of that winning team was 313 Zorro de Torro (as he was called then) who is the current super star bucker belonging to Hudgins.

313 remains unridden on the PBR BFTS circuit in 2017 and this same bull was also the second highest marked individual bull at the UBBI National Finals Futurity and team competition and won an impressive $29,000 in UBBI earnings in 2015.

“I bought him from, he had the bloodlines to be a contender and I took a chance on him. I raised him and he has had the same trip each and every time we buck him,” said Hudgins.

Hudgins’s decided to dabble in the CBR again last season and bought a team that had one more event to compete in for the season.

“I thought CBR competition was just bring three bulls they could ride and you would get a check, but there are a lot more factors involved like in rodeo,” continued Hudgins.

Hudgins who recently competed in Window Rock had this to say about his first event of the season.

“I like the atmosphere and the competitors, it’s really a lot of fun and the comradery is like nowhere else, we have fun, and so far the other team owners have helped me – they are all a good bunch of guys.”

Two bulls Hudgins is hauling to Conroe is Harvey and Category 4, they are both sons of Black Pearl and out of a Big Bucks cow and Hudgins described why they didn’t fit into his two year futurity bull program.

“They are strong and will buck and hold up, said Hudgins,  Category 4 was too big as a calf and I knew he wouldn’t be a futurity calf, but I think he will make a great rider bull.”

Hudgins is no stranger to the rider bull winner’s circle. Winning the Horizon Series team competition in Baytown as well as several other open competitions, he has been hauling and raising futurity bulls long before he threw his hat in the BTC ring.

CBR cowboy favorite bull 92 White Wolf, owned by Mike Rawson, came from Hudgins who had purchased from Jerry Nelson as a yearling and subsequently raised.

You can follow Hudgins bull team on CBR social media this weekend. Championship Bull Riding on Facebook, @CBRBull on Twitter and Instagram.

Tickets for the Conroe Bull Mania can be purchased at the door or online with or Conroe Bull Mania Tickets. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the action underway at 8 pm. CBR Bull Riders will be signing autographs at Cavender’s on Friday, October 6 from 5 to 7 and at Demontrond Auto at 1 pm until 3 on Saturday, October 7. Tickets available at both locations.