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features

departments

ABBI Staff Story

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CL7 Bucking Bulls

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Here’s To You, Mr. Robinson

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South Point Resort & Casino

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Wilburn Bucking Bulls

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by Sugar Kuhn

by Susan Bedford

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Columns

Behind the Chutes

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Art & Soul

ABBI Biz

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Junior Profile

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Nutrition

Reminders, notes, deadlines, and schedules

Blast from the Past

Event recaps

by Susan Bedford

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New Year’s Eve PBR Cowtown Classic Ft. Worth, Texas

by Sugar Kuhn

On the cover:

Jeff Robinson feeds World Champion Bucking Bull, Chicken On A Chain Photo by Andy Watson

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Hannah Gant

Cedric Maniquiz

Susan Bedford

Rebecca Walker Austin Whitmore

Andy Watson Allen Glanville Matt Breneman

Publisher Editor in Chief Jan/Feb 2011

Sugar Kuhn

Contributing Writers

Account Executives

Photography

Assistant Editor The American Bucking Bull Magazine is owned and operated by the United States Bucking Bull Association in conjunction with American Bucking Bull Inc. all rights reserved. printing by Quad Graphics.

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Creative Director

USBBA 101 W. Riverwalk Pueblo, CO 81003

Phone: 719-242-2747 Fax: 719-242-2746 email: info@americanbuckingbull.com


President’s Message

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Well, it sure has been a busy two months at the ABBI. I’d like to start by thanking all of the ABBI staff for working so hard. Everyone has rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to help bring about some exciting new programs and changes for 2011. I’d also like to congratulate Toby Pollock and Marlissa Gonzalez on their promotions. They are helping to run the office while we search for a CEO. This will be the first time the ABBI has had a CEO, which the ABBI Board thinks is a crucial step in taking the organization to the next level. We surpassed the 20,000 mark in registrations in 2010. There are currently 127,000 animals in the DNA database and mail is still pouring in. The ABBI has a bright future and we have a great core staff in place to make that happen. We are really excited to be returning to the South Point Resort & Casino for our Futurity Finals this year. There isn’t a better venue in Las Vegas and we will be holding many of our activities and events there in October. South Point will also be housing the bulls this year—making it convenient for all the breeders and contractors who already stay at the hotel. The South Point really has been the ABBI’s “home away from home” since we started our event in Las Vegas and it’ll be great to also have our bulls there now. We are proud to announce we will have our own bull tour, sanctioned by the PBR, starting this year. It will essentially replace the PBR’s former Discovery Tour. Not only will this give us more events for our Classic bulls to compete at (tour promoters will have an option to use Classic bulls), but it will also help attract new cowboy talent which is badly needed to grow the sport. Look for more details on these on our website, americanbuckingbull.com. Every ABBI employee is dedicated to making this the best season ever. We are proud of how far we’ve come and we are even more excited about where we are going. As Dwight Eisenhower said, “Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.” We’re forging ahead to accomplish great things for our members and our sport. Thanks for your support and for coming along for the ride.

q Mission Statement q q Record and preserve the pedigrees of the world’s premier

bucking bull livestock while maintaining the integrity and enhancing the value of the breed. q Provide beneficial services for ABBI members that enhance

and encourage “best practices” in bucking bull ownership, breeding, training and welfare. q Generate interest and growth in ABBI through registered

cattle ownership, membership, education, sponsorship and involvement through marketing, promotion, advertising and publicity of the bucking bull breed and ABBI benefits, services and events. q Develop diverse and comprehensive programs and events

that will educate and familiarize owners, members and the general public in the unique heritage and qualities of bucking bull livestock.

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Brad Boyd President, American Bucking Bull Inc.

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Manager’s Message

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I’d like to start by thanking you for your business and support. The ABBI exists because of, and for, its members. We are committed to finding new ways for you to market your animals and to help you to make and win more money. We are here to serve you and to grow the sport and industry. As the acting manager of the ABBI, I wanted to take this chance to touch base with all of you to share what’s happening at the home office in Pueblo. We are currently searching for a CEO, a position we hope to have filled within the

Every day we strive to make customer service our number one priority. I think when you call or email us for information or assistance you’ll find a great team of people eager to help out. next few months. In the meantime, I am traveling between my home in Utah and headquarters in Colorado to help out. We have a phenomenal staff in Pueblo. You couldn’t ask for a harder-working or more dedicated group of men and women. Everyone is excited about the new programs we are putting into place and it is a great environment to work in. These programs are all geared toward creating more opportunities for our members and to make the ABBI the best possible organization. Every day we strive to make customer service our number one priority. I think when you call or email us for information or assistance you’ll find a great team of people eager to help out. Whether you need help with DNA, entering an event or just to learn more about us—we want you to reach out to us. We recognize that there is always room for improvement though and we welcome your ideas and suggestions. We recently worked out an arrangement with South Point Hotel & Casino to hold our Wild Card and Las Vegas Futurity Finals there. This has been the hotel of choice for the breeders for years, so I’m really excited we were able to partner with Michael Gaughan and his team to bring ABBI events back to their world-class facility. Besides being the ABBI host hotel, the South Point will also house all of the ABBI and PBR bulls this year. There really isn’t a better place in the world for the ABBI to stay and play and I think all of our members will really enjoy the 2011 Finals events and activities at South Point. One of the best things about the ABBI and our industry is the people you get to meet. Together, there isn’t anything we can’t accomplish. After all, at one time no one believed a bull could earn over $300,000 in a single year- a record that was broken by ABBI bulls Black Pearl and Bushwacker. And now literally anyone of us could already have the next $250,000 Classic Champion in our herd. As long as we stick together and ride for the brand, the sky is the limit for the ABBI. Bucking bulls may be a business for most of us, but let’s not forget to have fun while we are at it. I wish you all the best of luck in 2011.

Kaycee simpson Vice President, American Bucking Bull Inc.

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he word “brand” can have so many different meanings, especially in an industry such as ours. You brand your cattle. You build your brand. You ride for the brand. All the various meanings of these five little letters are important if you’re looking to be successful as a bucking bull breeder or stock contractor. A brand is how you make your mark and let the world know what is important to you and what belongs to you. For most people in our industry, their brand starts literally with the branding of their calves. The calves then carry your mark and they represent your program. Once those calves make a name for themselves or generate press, they are helping to build your brand. You then typically want to align yourself with other brands that will help further your brand. This can be done through partnering, working with corporate companies on naming and sponsoring bulls, marketing and advertising, charity work…the list is literally endless. There are so many ways to get your name out there by working alongside other brands. We appreciate all of our members who are a part of the ABBI brand. Our mission and goal is to help promote and raise the value of your brand. We know this in turn raises ours as well, and we both benefit from an increased public profile. We are fortunate to have so many loyal members who have supported us and our events for the last eight years.

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We are a success because we have so many members who get involved, promote the sport and ride for the brand. “Ride for the Brand” is also the ABBI staff motto and something we take very seriously. But we also know without the loyal members who support us, we’d be pretty lonely in the saddle. We realize that our members literally put their money where their mouth is—we are the biggest bucking cattle DNA registry and competitive bucking bull organization in the world due to more than just lip service. We appreciate those people who have faith in us, our brand and what we are trying to accomplish. Brand is a term thrown around in marketing and advertising quite a bit. Companies pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for experts to “brand” their product. This typically starts with design (a logo, a specific color and font for the company’s name, etc.) and can eventually reach over into things as specific as the employee’s uniforms and the type of hand soap in the restroom! While I certainly hope no one in our industry ever goes that “brand conscious,” it does pay to keep in mind that every rig, magazine ad or flank man wearing a shirt with your name and/or logo on it represents you and builds an impression—positive or negative. And when it comes to building your brand through advertising, it helps to remember that advertising isn’t actually about selling something, it is about making an impression. And a good impression may not lead to an immediate sale, but down the line it can lead to a long-term

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relationship with another brand or a company loyal to your product— which can be even more profitable. That is why companies will advertise their charitable work or even a community or cultural event sometimes—not just what they are trying to sell. Advertising is also about who you are working to become. Except for the brand on your cattle, over time your brand will have to change and evolve. If you use the same brand on your cattle that your great-great grandfather did on the family ranch 100 years ago, that is great. That depth and history is part of your brand (through that iconic brand). But your overall brand will grow and develop as your company does. We all might recognize a classic Ford F-1 from 1948, but Ford has come out with quit a few models since then and that original pick-up would not meet the needs of modern-day drivers. I started working for the ABBI when I did their first magazine (which wasn’t much more than a newsletter) in 2002. I worked for the PBR brand before that, long before there was an ABBI brand. 13 years later, there are very few staff members who have been a part of this family of brands longer than I have. That means I have seen a lot of changes in the brands and understand the importance of both change and continuity. It also means I am considered one of the “old-timers” which is not something I’m particularly happy about. I’ve been around long enough

to have watched stars (both men and bulls) start their career and then retire, which I am happy about because I was able to witness the entire career of some of the legends. Sometimes we get so attached to a brand, and aren’t always eager to embrace a new look, or design or change. I finally retired my ABBI briefcase (with the original ABBI logo) just last month after getting a new briefcase (with the new logo) in Pueblo earlier this month. I really, really, liked my old briefcase (despite the fact that it was missing some parts and looked pretty worn). But change can be vital to branding, so I traded in my 2003 model for a 2011 model—because I, too, am part of the ABBI brand. Every person I sit next to on an airplane who sees my briefcase asks me what I do. By the end of the flight I usually have at least talked them into reading this magazine or convinced them to watch PBR on TV. We can all grow the sport through working together to build the ABBI brand as well as our own. Perhaps this New Year is a chance for all of us to examine what parts of our brand we want to keep, renew, change or retire—while still remaining true to what our brands are really about. And when it comes to riding for the brand? Well, as far as I’m concerned loyalty and supporting something you believe in never goes out of style.

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Greener Pastures ABBI and PBR super-star 113 Bells Blue bred and raised by McCoy Ranches of Tupelo, Okla. passed on Oct. 21st, 2010 at age 9. The bull who had battled ulcers from a rumen infection that he picked up on the road during his bucking career died in his sleep. "He was down in a lot by himself and he'd gone several days where he just didn't seem right," said his owner and breeder Denny McCoy. "He ate his grain the night before and then the next day I went down there and he was just laying there with his head back like he was sleeping. So, he must have just laid down and died in his sleep." Bells Blue, boasting ABBI registry number 10012578, was the product of a mating between his sire 0 Oklahoma Twister, a son of CP 24 Smokin Joe and an out of an original CP cow, and his dam Bell a McCoy Ranch bred cow. Bells Blue won over $60,000 in ABBI classic competition as a 3 and 4-year-old and was runner-up for the championship both years. He still holds the record for the highest marked ABBI Classic

marking of 94.75 from his spectacular out in Archdale, N.C. in 2004. The silver hided show-stopper was a regular at BFTS events from 2004-2008 and frequented the short round draw. He was unridden under some of the best PBR riders during the 2004 season and qualified for the World Finals in 2004, 2006 and 2007. He also went to the Challenger World Finals in 2007 and has already begun to make strides as a big-time producer who's sons are already accumulating futurity earnings. Bells Blue leaves behind a probullstats average mark of 21.642 and a 90.91% buckoff percentage from 66 recorded outs. "After he died, I had my friend and neighbor come and get him and haul him up to a guy to have his head mounted." Though Bells Blue is gone he will be remembered as one of the industry's first ABBI power-house classic bulls. For the McCoy family, his memory will be alive and well through successive generations of offspring and through his life-like mounted image on their wall.

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JW Hart looses the battle against Altizer/Beavers’ 50 Smokeless Hammertime at the Albuquerque BFT in ‘02

Bad Co Rodeo & Chad Beavers’ bonafide bucker Hammertime’s star-studded career was laid to rest along with him when he died last November. With one of the most impressive careers on record “One of Hammertime’s most best qualities was that he bucked with lots and lots of whip, was right there in the gate and he did it over and over, each and every time without fail,” shared his co-owner Chad Beavers. “One year at Ft. Worth Owen Washburn hung up to him for about five rounds. He was pretty much knocked out and had a big hole in his

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head that was bleeding. I had to point him to which way was out. He was headed in the wrong direction down towards the roping end of the arena and he looked at me confused then said, ‘Good bull’. That was it,” laughed Beavers. Hammertime has produced some exceptional offspring and passes on his huge, impressive horn rack and the same whip and speed that helped make the bovine one of the most infamous on record. For more reflections on this brazen bovine and his illustrious career turn to page 50 for the Blast from the Past feature. The American Bucking Bull q Jan/Feb 2011

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2011 American Heritage Derby Once again there will be a Derby during the action-packed American Heritage event this year. New to the American Heritage Derby concept is that it’s a “Bring Your Own Rider” event. The American Heritage will run June 10-11 at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Okla. Keep your eyes on the website (and the magazine) for more details on the added activities for this year. It will be a great bull event and a fun social even this year, with many more “things to do” planned!

The ABBI is excited to announce that they will have a tour starting this year. The tour will be similar to the PBR’s old Discovery Tour series. It will help the careers of rising bovine and cowboy stars. The events will be open and the winning bull rider will get a PBR membership. The producers of ABBI Tour events will be encouraged to use Classic bulls, giving those bulls even more opportunities to be shown. Please contact the home office if you’d like to produce an event.

World Finals Futurity Qualification News Looking for additional ways to get your 2-year-olds qualified for the Futurity World Finals in Las Vegas this season? Bulls will now have the ability to qualify by being the top performers at various regular season events. This new qualification program will allow breeders to manage their bulls throughout the season without jeopardizing their longevity. At these events the number of entries will determine how many of the top positions will earn an early season qualification. Stay tuned for more details on how this process will work.

ABBI Breeder’s Guide Back by popular demand! The ABBI Breeder’s Guide will now be pulling double-duty. It will also be serving as the ABBI’s official media guide and will help promote and inform the public, media and potential future members about the USBBA and ABBI, its breeders, its sponsors and of course its four-legged athletes. Current ABBI members will be given a courtesy name and location listing, but if you would like your product, service or program highlighted with detailed contact information please contact an American Bucking Bull Magazine sales staff member for more information.

New American Bucking Bull Magazine Website Slated to Launch The American Bucking Bull Magazine will soon have its own website! Slated to be up and running in March this website will bring you up-to -date coverage of events and all the hottest things happening in the industry. Look for exclusive and fresh weekly content, colorful commentary, industry interviews, video clips and stories about the industry and the people that make it tick.

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bined score from the two events. “Our goal has always been to grow the sport and to provide our members with as many opportunities as possible to earn money,” said ABBI President Brad Boyd. “Marty Foutch and I each put up an extra $5,000 because we are really excited about this opportunity and want to get as many breeders as possible involved in these unique events.” Foutch and Boyd began talking about the possibility of co-sanctioning events last year. “Brad Boyd and I began discussions on this opportunity in April of 2010 when there were over 200 bulls competing in Stephenville on the same weekend,” explained NBBA President Marty Foutch. “Details have been in the works and we started finalizing things in September. We wanted to get this deal done so much that we actually dropped our Fifth Annual event at Will Rogers on April 23 in order to make this work.”

Corrections

(Nov/Dec 2010 Issue)

In last issue’s Breeder of the Year Feature on Flyin’ U Rodeo, Cindy Rosser & Julio Moreno, and the sidebar about Cindy Rosser’s election to the board, all uncredited photos were taken by David Stocklein. Blast from the Past: After the November/December magazine ran, our readers told us about two additional known qualified rides made on Western Rodeo’s White Lightning. In 1992, Rodney Lidgard rode the bull for 89 points in Clovis, California and in 1994, Scott Breding went for 92 on him at Ft. Worth, Texas. ABBI breeder Ken McFetridge sends us a picture of himself with the original “bull handler” Oscar Heard. An industry icon, Heard was training bulls for legendary breeder Bob Barmby long before it was cool. Among bulls Heard handled for Barmby was the infamous Oscar who was actually named after Heard.

On page 22 of last issue we spelled Lindsay Rosser’s name incorrectly. We apologive for the error. Bones also should have been identified as belonging to Tom Teague (Teague Bucking Bulls) in the Awards section. On page 18 we should have identified Lacy Teague (Teague Bucking Bulls) as the man receiving the award from Cindy Rosser and Julio Moreno for Bones, PBR Bucking Bull of the Finals. The American Bucking Bull q Jan/Feb 2011

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2011 Season Events Schedule subject to change. Visit www.americanbuckingbull.com for up-to-date information.

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Event

Location

Type

Status

Dec. 31-Jan. 1

New Year's Eve Cowtown Classic

Ft. Worth, TX

TPD

Confirmed

February 11

Oklahoma City BFTS Classic

OKC, OK

BFTS

Confirmed

April 2

Kansas City BFTS Classic

Kansas City, MO

BFTS

Confirmed

April 22-23

Spring Fling Classic

Stephenville, TX

TPD

Confirmed

April 23

Spring Fling Futurity ABBI/NBBA co-sanctioned

Stephenville, TX

Futurity

Confirmed

May 7

Diamond S Futurity

Weatherford, TX

Futurity

Confirmed

May 7

Archdale 3D/4D Futurity Series

Archdale, NC

Futurity

Confirmed

May 20-21

Pueblo BFTS Classic

Pueblo, CO

BFTS

Classic Date TBA

May 28

Decatur

Decatur, TX

TPD

Confirmed

May 28

Decatur Futurity

Decatur, TX

Futurity

Confirmed

May 28

Decatur Junior Futurity

Decatur, TX

Futurity

Confirmed

June 10-11

American Heritage Futurity

Ardmore, OK

Futurity

Confirmed

June 10-11

American Heritage Derby

Ardmore, OK

TPD

Confirmed

June 10-11

American Heritage Junior Futurity

Ardmore, OK

Junior Futurity

Confirmed

June 18

5th Annual NBBA Texas Bash ABBI/NBBA co-sanctioned

Glen Rose, TX

Futurity

Confirmed

June 24-25

Lake Charles Classic

Lake Charles, LA

TPD

Confirmed

July 4

West Jordan

West Jordan, UT

TBD

Tentative

July 10

Gonzales, TX

Gonzales, TX

TBD

Confirmed

July 30-31

Weatherford Classic

Weatherford, TX

TPD

Tentative

July 30

Archdale 3D/4D Futurity Series

Archdale, NC

Futurity

Confirmed

August 12-13

Tulsa BFTS Super Classic

Tulsa, OK

BFTS

Confirmed

August 13

Lightning C Futurity

Claremore, OK

Futurity

Confirmed

August 13

Lightning C Junior Futurity

Claremore, OK

Junior Futurity

Confirmed

August 26-27

Stephenville Classic

Stephenville, TX

TPD

Tentative

August 27

Stephenville Futurity

Stephenville, TX

Futurity

Tentative

Sept. 2-3

Archdale Classic

Archdale, NC

TPD

Confirmed

Sept. 3

Archdale 3D/4D Futurity Series

Archdale, NC

Futurity

Confirmed

September

Clovis Classic

Clovis, CA

TPD

Tentative

September

Clovis Futurity

Clovis, CA

Futurity

Tentative

September 16-18

Springfield BFTS Super Classic

Springfield, MO

BFTS

Confirmed

October 24

Wild Card

Las Vegas, NV

Classic

Tenative

October 26

Futurity Finals

Las Vegas, NV

Futurity

Tenative

October 26 & 29

Classic Finals

Las Vegas, NV

BFTS

Tenative

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(Classic based upon money) (Futurity based upon points)

(1st Registered Breeder of Classic Finals Winner) Buckle – $1000 Certificate toward CM pickup flatbed Bronze Statue

Ronnie Roach Award Breeder of the Year

(Breeder of Futurity Finals Winner) Buckle – $1000 Certificate toward CM pickup flatbed

Horizon Award

High Money 3-year-old Bull

Buckle - Custom plaque

Top 5 Year End Money Winners for 2-year-old, 3-year-old and 4-year-old bulls

15% Discount Certificates

Finals Champion Classic Bull

Buckle - $250,000

Finals Champion Futurity Bull

Buckle - $100,000

Reserve Finals Champion Classic Bull

Buckle

Reserve Finals Champion Futurity Bull

Buckle

Year End Champion Classic Bull

Buckle – (1 yr. lease) - trailer

Year End Champion Futurity Bull

Buckle – (1 yr. lease) - trailer

Reserve Year End Classic Bull

Buckle

Reserve Year End Futurity Bull

Buckle

Vice President Kaycee Simpson

ABBI SHAREHOLDERS Scott Accomazzo & Moody-Rice Cattle Co. David M. Allen Berger Bucking Bulls Diamond S Bucking Bulls & Scott Pickens Dillon & H.D. Page Jerome & Tiffany Davis Bob Diedrich & Jason Diedrich Brad Boyd & Toby Floyd

Treasurer/Secretary Cindy Rosser

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Russell Gant Lyndal Hurst Doug & Stephanie Joseph Don & Janelle Kish Tino/Edward Martinez Cotton Rosser/Cindy Rosser & Julio Moreno Jim Bob & Diana Nall Paradise Farms Monty Samford

Shawn McDermott Ty Murray

Tony Sharp & Craig Zaunbrecher Kaycee Simpson Bob & Kristen Tallman Thomas Taylor & Nikki Gusel Tom Teague Trevor Walker Cliff Wiggins

ABBI Contact: 101 West Riverwalk Pueblo, CO. 81003 Phone: 719-242-2747 Fax: 719-242-2746 info@americanbuckingbull.com

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Toby Pollock

Marlissa Gonzalez

Senior Manager of Competition and Registration

Senior Manager of Operations

Joined ABBI team: April, 2009

Joined ABBI team: October, 2009

What I do: Day to day member services for DNA research/ registration issues.  Coordinate with lab for weekly testing results, problem cases, and future technology advances.  Helping with the competition side as well as working on the development of the ABBI bull riding tour. Call or email me if you need: Any questions pertaining to the registry or registration process.  Anyone wanting to sanction an event through the ABBI, whether it is a Classic or the new ABBI sanctioned bull riding. I can be reached at: toby@americanbuckingbull.com ext. 321 When I’m not at work, I: Rodeo, hunt, fish, snowboard, snowmobile.

What I do: Senior Manager, Operations for ABBI is responsible for managing day to day activities of the ABBI. Assist CEO in preparing and implementing new and existing programs that are decided upon by the board. Establish and maintain working relationships with breeders, stock contractors, sponsors and promoters, more importantly fulfilling ABBI’s part in each of these relationships. Establish and maintain corporate partnerships specifically with FFA and 4H. Coordinate ABBI Promoted Event activities. Simply put the “Get it Done” team leader. Call or email me if you need: I am happy to help with anything but mainly I provide assistance in registering cattle, problems with the lineage on an animal, finding registered animals or questions on a FFA SAE project. I can be reached at: Marlissa@americanbuckingbull.com, ext. 334 When I’m not at work, I: am a proud mom of a toddler and do ranch chores which includes horses, club lambs and commercial cattle.  In what little time I have I team rope, volunteer as a 4-H leader and show sheep.   

Jennifer White

Senior Event Coordinator

Joined ABBI team: September, 2008 What I do: Validate and Process Event Entries, Create and Maintain Event Workbooks, Work with PBR to Produce Draws, Event Payments, Maintain Age Certifications and Active EID Database, American Heritage, Season Points and Standings, Event Participant Correspondence, Generate Event On-site Materials, Support to the Senior Manager of Competition and Production Coordinator, Work with Event Producers, Event Auditing, Score Entry for Selected Events. Call or email me if you need: Assistance with your Event Entry, American Heritage, Age Certification, Information Regarding an Event. I can be reached at: jennifer@americanbuckingbull.com, ext. 329 When I’m not at work, I: Travel, read, try my hand at a variety of crafts, and support the arts.

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Joined ABBI team: August, 2009 What I do: Software development and updates for the ABBI public and back end office websites, create and send bulk emails, and support day to day functions with statistical reports from the database. Call or email me if you need: If there are technical issues or problems with the ABBI website.  Many website issues can be handled by any one of our excellent staff at ABBI, but cases that need technical assistance are transferred to me. I can be reached at: bsimpson@pbrnow.com, ext. 336.  When I’m not at work, I: Read every chance I get.  I also do wood carving and wood working, participate in a medieval group where I shoot archery, do target shooting (rifle and handgun), go camping, play cards and games, and enjoy watching movies on the big screen.

Alyssa Parga

Membership, Marketing & Promotions Coordinator Joined ABBI team: June, 2010

What I do: Set up new memberships, work with Veterinarians for certification and EID tag orders, and process orders, coordinate promotional activities and sponsorship, work with promoters and advertisers to create beneficial partnerships Call or email me if you need: Help with your member profile, using our website, or need to order anything, or would like to talk about becoming a partner with ABBI.  I’m here to help. I can be reached at: Alyssa@americanbuckingbull.com ext. 326 When I’m not at work, I: Scrapbook, play tennis, and see movies.

Laura Van Hees Staff Accountant

Joined ABBI team: November, 2010 What I do: ABBI and USBBA accounting.  Call or email me if you need: Questions about status of payments, refunds, or billing. I can be reached at: laura@americanbuckingbull.com ext 322 When I’m not at work, I: Garden, read, spend time with family.

Marie Passanante Data Entry Clerk

Joined ABBI team: February 2008 What I do: Enter registration information into the database Email me if: You have questions and problems concerning registrations that have not been sent to the lab yet. I can be reached at: mariep@americanbuckingbull.com

Zach Gunter

ABBI Event Production

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miles a week. His dedication and vigor in competitive cycling translated to a 2005 Colorado State Time Trial Championship and first place in two stages of the Boulder Stage Race. His power output in cycling was said to be “the highest seen even among elite cyclists”. While cycling satisfied his competitive appetite for a period, it wasn’t long before he was drawn into bull riding and bucking bull competition—and naturally his competitive hunger drove him to curiosity. “My parents both grew up on farms,” said Leschyshyn, “and as a kid my summer consisted of going and staying with my uncles to hang out at the farm and I spent a lot of time riding horses there. I think back to those days and how much fun it was and how much I enjoyed it. I think once you have lived or experienced that lifestyle, it’s hard to get rid of and it’s just part of you.” Leschyshyn always enjoyed rodeo and especially bucking bulls, so for him it didn’t seem strange to find himself wanting to get involved in the bucking bull industry. “I certainly didn’t have the background or years of experience that

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most people involved in this industry do, but I enjoyed it enough to follow it and read about it. What really got me going was reading an article about Chad Pennington and #10 Bucking Bulls. It sounded really interesting to me and made me want to know more. I just started reading and researching about the industry on the internet which ultimately led me to make a call to Exclusive Genetics. I ended up talking to Clint Wade for well over an hour and that’s what really got the ball rolling for me.” The Stanley Cup winner turned bull enthusiast bought into several bull partnerships initially. Unfortunately, he quickly learned bulls can be very unpredictable in general and certainly in competition. Still the challenge of dealing with something you can’t control and watching others succeed has stoked Leschyshyn’s competitive fire. “My first year or two in the industry had a lot of ups and down and was a really quick learning process for me. There have been times that I questioned whether I wanted to keep going on, but I love it enough that I want to make something of it—and I really want to win. For me the try and determination it takes to have a world champion bucking bull is

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“Each player gets to spend a day or two with the Cup and I had mine back home in Saskatoon. I took it in morning to the children’s ward of the hospital and just spent some time with the kids there. Then I had a pretty low-profile family and friends party that night. It was pretty special seeing my parents and grandparent, drinking out of it. The Cup was probably bored though...it has seen its share of out-of-hand parties!”

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Leschyshyn with wife Laura on the flight home from Florida after the Avalanche Stanley Cup win

“Being an athlete myself, I can relate to a bull as an athlete. They need proper diet and conditioning and training. They have to be treated like an athlete in order to get their top performance. These bulls are so well taken care of. They are treated like elite athletes,” —Curtis Leschyshyn what really grabs me. I’m a competitor and the whole thing for me now is I want to have a world champion. Watching Jerry Tuttle win last year was really inspiring and made me want to win a world championship with a bucking bull more than ever.” The retired Avalanche player and Tuttle became good friends and ironically partnered on a bull they bought last May at the Diamond S sale sired by none other than “Avalanche.” “Honestly I never even thought about the irony of that, but thinking back I like it. We call him Lil’ Lanche. He’s a real big calf that looks really good and he shows some potential to hopefully be a Classic bull.”

Another bull partnership Leschyshyn got into occurred again from watching bucking bull competition live on the internet. These digital tales should be a lesson for the industry of how important the internet and web casting have become and how this technology is drawing fresh life into the bucking bull industry on a daily basis. “I watched the webcast of Ardmore on the internet and that’s where I saw 861 Flash. I didn’t know what the scores were initially and that he would end up the event winner, but he was a bull that really caught my eye. What struck me most is how fast he was and how much intensity and kick he had. Then another Wilburn bull 830 Pen Breaker ended up The American Bucking Bull q Jan/Feb 2011

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“My first year or two in the industry had a lot of ups and down and was a really quick learning process for me. There have been times that I questioned whether I wanted to keep going on, but I love it enough that I want to make something of it—and I really want to win.” —Curtis Leschyshyn fourth. So they had two bulls that did real well and I searched for them on the internet and found some videos. I really liked what I saw and that’s why I decided to reach out through an email to the Wilburns. Initially I didn’t get a response, but I didn’t give up. Finally I called and was able to speak with Mr. Wilburn. I was initially only interested in trying to buy Flash, but he wasn’t willing to sell him—so eventually we worked out a deal on a package with Pen Breaker. I was trying to hit a home run basically.” Pen Breaker ended up splitting fourth at the Las Vegas Qualifier and splitting 13 in Vegas. With some initial success Leschyshyn has also quickly learned the value of making the right connections and having the opportunity to talk with industry insiders. “I don’t know why Mr. Wilburn finally decided he would allow me the opportunity to be a partner but I am grateful for it and it was a great

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way for me to learn about the business. Just being able to sit and listen to experienced people is the best way to learn and I could have sat there and listened to him for hours. One thing I really like about this industry is anybody I have ever talked to has always been willing to help. They don’t hide anything. If you ask them they give you a straight answer. I just find the people in this industry to be real human beings and wonderful people to be around. It’s been really good for me to just get to meet some of these people and become friends with them.” Leschyshyn recently purchased another partnership on a Squaw Butte son that will buck at the 2012 American Heritage. The prospect is enrolled in the USBBA’s American Breeders Trust and will also be enrolled in the USBBA’s new Super Stakes Incentive Program. Again the internet played a pivotal role in the purchase after an internet video found its way to Leschyshyn.

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“Curtis called me after watching the video interested in buying half interest in this bull based on his performance and on his earning potential. Although we had some other offers on this bull we decided that Curtis was the best fit for us. We have heard nothing but good things about him from people in the industry. He’s a natural competitor and wants to win. On top of that he has educated himself and knows what it takes for a bull to win,” said Cox. Leschyshyn’s most recent bull competition was during the Cowtown Classic in Ft. Worth which was his first classic event to attend in person. He was coaching his son’s hockey game in nearby Dallas and had a bull entered that he and John Vinchot have partnered on with The Jaynes Gang named Studly. He was able to make the event in time to watch his bull buck and ultimately finish 12. “Getting to watch hockey and bulls buck in the same night is something for me that is pretty crazy and probably won’t ever happen again. It was the first time I got to actually go behind the chutes with Billy (Jaynes). I was so nervous. Way more nervous than I ever was playing hockey. At least in hockey there was something I could do. Bucking bulls all you can do is just watch and hope they do well.” Leschyshyn finds several correlations between bulls and hockey however and is particularly aware that bucking bulls are high-performance athletes. “Being an athlete myself, I can relate to a bull as an athlete. They need proper diet and conditioning and training. They have to be treated like an athlete in order to get their top performance. These bulls are so well taken care of. They are treated like elite athletes,” Leschyshyn said. “If you are not involved you don’t have the opportunity to see that. It’s

not nearly as simple as it looks from the outside either. There are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes before they buck and a lot of decision making and details that lead up to it.” Another area that Leschyshyn has taken a real interest in is genetics. Once again he talked about the role the internet and other resources like the ABBI registry, data base and sites like probullstats have played in the learning process. “When I see a bull buck on the internet or on television and I think he’s really good I usually go to probullstats and look at him. From there I usually click over to the ABBI registry and see how he is bred and see who bred and raised him. I know the sire is important but I’ve also learned that the cow is maybe even more important. For me looking at the cow and how she is bred and at what else she has produced is what I’ve become really interested in and find most intriguing.” Although the retired Avalanche player doesn’t feel confident enough now to try his own hand in breeding, training and hauling bulls, don’t be surprised if one day this natural born competitor rises to the challenge. One thing is for certain. We know he’ll be doing his homework and when he’s done with that we know he has the dedication and drive to execute. “For now I want to leave it to somebody that really knows what they are doing. Ultimately one day though I’d like to have my own set of cows and try to actually raise some bulls myself that I could haul to some PBR’s feeling great knowing I’d raised them. But for now though that’s a long way off so I am just working with people that have the ability and facilities to do it for me. In the meantime my focus is on the futurity game—and that world champion buckle.”

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Leschyshyn with Sugar Kuhn at his first ABBI Classic in Ft. Worth

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was pretty special,” Robinson added. “I felt like I had the right bull at the right place at the right time. In comparison, Contractor of the Year felt more like being recognized for something I’d done. Both of them were sure special, that’s for sure.” Both titles are meaningful to the great bull man, but he thinks his first award was the most difficult. “You always want to be the best you can be and at the top of your game, in whatever profession you are in. But I think PBR Bull of the Year is the hardest thing to win. The bull has to be right all year. Then the cowboys have to like him. Then you have to go to Las Vegas and win it. I do my job every week and try to provide good quality bulls. Sure, I like to win but I’m not going to close up shop if I don’t. I have been fortunate to have a good herd that has stayed pretty sound.” That good herd started when a young Robinson realized he wasn’t very good at riding bulls. Robinson tried his hand at rodeo a little bit as a teenager, but by his own admission he wasn’t very successful. “I was smart enough to realize I wasn’t very good,” he confessed. Growing up in Mars Hill, Robinson’s dad and grandfather had a cow-calf operation and he followed in their footsteps. Eventually Robinson started raising some bucking bulls as well. By 1999 Robinson was in the bull business full time. “I’d messed around for four or five years before that, doing some amateur bull ridings and stuff.” Some of the best “advice” Robinson ever got was that same year. “I took four bulls to an IPRA rodeo and

they were pretty good. A guy told me I might as well sell him those bulls because I could never make it in the rodeo business.” Robinson took those words to heart and was determined to prove him wrong. “I never forget that,” shared Robinson solemnly. “It doesn’t matter if you are from the east coast, the west coast or anywhere in-between. If you want to be in the rodeo business and if you work hard enough, you can get to where you want to be.” Robinson continued to go to a lot of local and regional rodeos and in 2002 he took bulls to his first PBR event. 2004 was the first year he got a bull in the PBR World Finals. In 2007 Chicken took home the title. “Chicken is my favorite. No one will ever replace him. He is a once-in-a-lifetime bull. Chicken on a Chain was instrumental to Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls. Without him we wouldn’t be where we are today, at least not in such a short amount of time for me,” emphasized Robinson. “When I bought Chicken, I was a kind of unknown still and Mike Tedesco took a chance and bought part of him with me. He was a Yankee living in Florida and I doubt either of us thought at that time that we’d have a World Champion bull in just two years.” As important as his bull “kids” are to Robinson, they take a back seat to his wife and six children. Robinson and his wife Ann run Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls. They have a handful of guys who work and haul for them.

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“The PBR has been great for me. There is no doubt about that. It has allowed me to do what I want to do and live my dream,” said an appreciative Robinson. “Four or five years ago I was gone four or five weeks at a time on a truck. I’d go from touring pro to touring pro and we did some stuff for Jerry Nelson. Then we started going to the Cups. Right now I can fly out on a Friday and be home on a Sunday and have the week with my family.” The family consists of “hers, mine and ours,” shared Jeff. Kelsey (21), Tate (16) Chase (15), Laney (10), Tucker (4) and Cutter (2) make up the Robinson clan. “If they want to be in the bull business, that is fine but we don’t push them. We support whatever they want to do.” If there is one word that keeps popping up when people talk about Robinson, it is family. Nothing is as important to Robinson as being a good family man. “With the little fellows being home, I didn’t want to be gone for more than two weeks at a time. If it ever comes to that again (being away for weeks at a time), I will probably cut back,” confessed Robinson. “I love going to the events, but I hate being away from home. I missed out on too much with my older kids.” Robinson has primarily been a stock contractor since he started in the bull business, which was his original plan. “95% of the bulls I hauled

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I had purchased, up until about 2007,” explained Robinson. “I had a cowcalf operation but that had never been my goal. I kind of changed when I saw the value of semen sales and saw the value of what the ABBI was doing. We started doing some embryo work and keeping a group of cows. We used Chicken a lot. Then we used Voodoo a lot.” “Most of the bulls I have are put together from pretty good breeding programs, so we are now using those pieces to build our own program. We are building our genetics in our calves on what we have put together—Voodoo, Chicken, Major Payne, I’m a Gangster. This year you will see some of our 3-year-olds at ABBI events.” Robinson says that he culls pretty hard. He actually had some bad luck on some good calves last year and more than his fair share of heifers. “But I think in 2011 we will be able to raise about 100 calves. By 2012, I think we will be up to 200, with 50 of those being embryos,” he said. “We had some success with ABBl bulls El Presidente, Sky Hawk, Neon Ghost and Powerline. We also got involved with Moon and had some success behind the scenes. We tried to get more involved in the ABBI the last few years, but the bulls we were interested in buying people didn’t want to sell. We will start doing more ABBI competitions, but I


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don’t like to lose so I’m only going to bring what I think has a shot of winning and keep trying to raise great ones. If you look at HD’s program, it is pretty amazing what they have been able to accomplish. That takes decades and decades of hard work to accomplish that.” For the next 10 years, Robinson wants to keep a truck on the road and be as strong as he possibly can. “I would like to eventually build an elite breeding program like the Pages have. I will always want to raise bulls, and hopefully eventually one of my kids will want to take over. But do I still want to be at an airport in 20 years when I’m 60? No.” Interestingly enough, Robinson’s partners didn’t come from the bull business. “The one thing my partners all have in common is that they were fans of the PBR before getting involved.” Robinson has a couple of main partners, but he will also partner up on bulls if people have something special they want to send him. Mike and Cherie Cappello and Pat and Sharon Shugrue are some of Robinson’s main partners. Robinson describes partner Sue Hagen as his biggest fan. “She goes everywhere I go and emails and talks to me every day. It’s a really neat deal. She’s a huge fan of the PBR.”

Robinson credits his partners for a lot of his success. “If you look at any guy who is making a living in the bucking bull business today— whether it is me, the Pages or Chad Berger—we’ve got partners. My partners have enabled me to get bigger and to try and buy the best bulls I can.” Robinson feels grateful and blessed for the opportunities he has had in the industry and really believes that there is something for everybody who wants to become involved with the bucking bull industry. “The great thing about the PBR and ABBI is there are so many bulls for people to get involved with and on so many different levels. If you want to do it full-time as a business, you can. If you want to get involved as a hobby, just know in advance how much time and money you can dedicate to it and then go from there. “Being a stock contractor isn’t a great way of making a living, but for me and my family it’s a great way of life. Ann and I really built this from nothing and it really is a family business. Heck, if a hillbilly from North Carolina can win Bull of the Year and Stock Contractor of the Year—then anybody can, that’s for sure!”

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he ABBI is proud to be partnering with South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the 2011 ABBI Futurity Finals and Wild Card event. “We are absolutely thrilled to announce we will be moving the ABBI World Finals events and activities to the South Point for 2011,” said acting ABBI General Manager Kaycee Simpson. “The South Point has always been the premier venue in Las Vegas for our type of events. They can provide every resource necessary for what the ABBI does during World Finals. From their ability to provide every competitive element we require at this elite level, to the hotel and casino’s amenities, South Point is an ideal fit for both the ABBI and its breeders.” The Michael Gaughan hotel is located in the heart of the premiere southwest Las Vegas valley, just minutes away from the famous Las Vegas Strip. The hotel and casino has numerous amenities including 2,300 beautiful hotel rooms,

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talking to me she suffered another heart attack and coded again! They started CPR and shocked her back to us, but we almost lost her twice that day.” Wilburn Bucking Bulls, which Becky manages, thrives on 4,300 acres in Simms, Texas. The family has a second residence in Sebring, Florida where they run a commercial cow herd and orange groves. They travel between the two places, but their business has always been a family affair. That August day at the hospital was no different except that on

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Wilburn Bucking Bull’s Inspirational bovine 861 Flash co-owned with Curtis Leschyshyn

that day family business was much more serious. While the family was rallied around Betty, 861 Flash was ready for a rally all his own. The bull had been Betty’s pick and favorite from day one—and after Ardmore it appeared that either Betty had an eye for a winner or that Flash had a premonition about how badly Betty would need his win that day. Either way the Chaos grandson was loaded on the family rig and sent with Donnie Wise to Ardmore. After the event Donnie brought more

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than Flash home to the Wilburn family. He brought home a champion buckle for Flash’s peak performance and more importantly, a much needed Flash of inspiration. Both Becky and her father Carl had wept upon receiving the phone call reporting Flash’s big win that day. “We really felt like he did it for her. He was her favorite from the start and when he won it was very emotional for all of us.” The timing was perfect and so was the fourth-place finish of a second Wilburn entry named Pen Breaker, who ultimately

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went on to qualify for the Las Vegas Futurity Finals and placed 12. Betty claims that Flash’s champion buckle was the first thing she remembers seeing upon waking from her ordeal. She spent both her 66th birthday and her 42nd wedding anniversary in the hospital, but husband Carl’s 42 red roses and Flash’s success surely helped guide Betty’s progress. Flash won the NBBA Finals in front of his biggest fans who watched his performance on a computer from Betty’s hospital room. During his outs the family could be heard down the hospital’s halls whooping and hollering, and cheering him on. It can’t be known for sure whether this Flash of inspiration from Wilburn 861 is what made Betty pull through her ordeal or not, but it certainly played a role. From fighting for her life to cheering on Flash and Pen Breaker, Betty is back and her story reminds us sometimes the smallest Flash can be all the inspiration we need. And in this case this Flash’s timing was absolutely impeccable.

Wilburn Bucking Bull’s 830 Pen Breaker co-owned with Curtis Leschyshyn grabs a 12 place finish in Las Vegas

Curtis Leschyshyn and Carl Wilburn in Las Vegas at the South Point Hotel Casino

“We really felt like he did it for her. He was her favorite from the start and when he won it was very emotional for all of us.” —Becky Wilburn

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Betty Wilburn at home in Simms, Texas

Betty has continued to get better and stronger and was even able to travel to Las Vegas to cheer on Pen Breaker to a 12th place finish. The family is currently in the process of preparing for the upcoming year of competition by sifting through 84 head of 2-year-olds, in search of their 10 best to haul during the 2011 season.

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Rex Samford happily accepts a certificate for a heifer donated by Kent Cox during the Sulphur Springs, Texas Junior Awards ceremony

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This issue the spotlight is on Texas cowboy Rex Samford. Rex is from the town of Eula where he lives there with his parents Monty and Janet, and brother Riley. Rex has bulls on his mind, and can’t wait to graduate. He doesn’t have a lot of time for extra-curricular activities, because the bulls keep most of his attention. When he isn’t dealing with bulls, he likes to hang out and have a good time with his friends. Rex’s dad has been extremely involved in the bucking bull industry for many years. If anyone knows a lot about the bull business they are sure to know Monty Samford and the elite breeding program he runs. Some of his most wellknown bloodlines are bloodlines are Houdini, C2 and Party Time. The Samfords have many great bulls, which have been seen on The Built Ford Tough Series, and have gone to the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. Some of the outstanding bulls that the Samfords have raised are Night Life, Bring It, Wild Life, Handsome Jack and What I Say. With the help and experience Rex has gotten growing up in the midst of such deep genetics, he is sure to have a superior breeding program of his own one day. He has had a lot of hands-on experience feeding and working his and his dad’s bulls daily. Rex also has a few cows of his own, and plans to make a start on getting his own set of bulls soon. He has already made a name for himself in the bull business through the ABBI Junior Futurity Series. Rex has been a member of the ABBI for two years, and has taken most of the limelight in the Junior Futurities. In 2009 he had two calves, both out of Party Time, that won him first place in two events and second in the third one. In 2010, he chose two calves out of C2 Get Ya Some, that brought home first place as well in two events. Overall, in the Junior Futurities Rex has won about $35,000, and also a lot of respect from the other Junior Breeders who look up to him. With some of his money won, he bought a new truck, and is planning on saving the rest, “Just to have.” Rex’s plans in the next couple of years involve him getting a job hauling bulls for somebody, because that is what he enjoys most. The trips all over and getting to work with bulls is what he really likes. Good luck to you, Rex!

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Steve Ravenscroft and QualiTech’s Ron Gordon enjoy themselves during a meeting of the minds

The ABBI registry contains the ultimate in American Bucking Bull genetic documentation. It also houses animal inventories from the most illustrious and notorious breeders in the business. Within these ABBI program inventories are the genetic components to produce tomorrow’s superstars. Because the ABBI understands this, they are always striving to develop new ways to help breeders cultivate and maximize the potential of the American Bucking Bull breed. The desire to provide breeders with better tools to develop better competitors is an ABBI priority. One of the newest concepts involves ABBI partner QualiTech and their expertise in nutritional requirements of bucking bred cattle. QualiTech is one of the cattle industry’s most elite nutritional supplement companies. While beef cattle and bucking breed cattle do paral-

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lel each other in many ways there are just as many ways they are vastly different. The differences in nutritional requirements between beef cattle and bucking bred cattle are an example of one of these differences. Because there is no current model to refer to or follow regarding nutritional requirements for bucking bred cattle, a logical approach to bridging this gap has been sought—and what better way to accomplish it than to put a company like QualiTech in direct contact with the most accomplished breeding programs in the industry. An example of initial success of this concept was achieved in early December when QualiTech’s Ron Gordon made a ranch call to 2009 ABBI Breeder of the Year Ravenscroft Bucking Bulls. “In December I had the opportunity to spend some time with Steve and Julie Ravenscroft at their ranch north of Hyannis, NE,” said Gordon.

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“Steve and Julie were gracious hosts and took time to show me all aspects of their bucking bull operation. The time that I spent with them was very valuable as they answered questions regarding their program and things they’ve observed and developed over the years when it comes to nutrition. Steve’s perspective as a former Angus breeder helped me to better understand some of the problems facing bucking bull breeders. I believe that this information will enable QualiTech to be a better partner with the ABBI and give us the ability to understand and serve the breeder better in what we do.” QualiTech’s willingness to go to various geographical locations and observe different bucking bull breeding programs is very instrumental to bridging nutritional gaps for the ABBI breeder. Whether programs

have developed methods to find nutritional success or whether they are having nutritional difficulties, these visits may prove invaluable in the future. “I want to thank Steve and Julie for their time and let other ABBI breeders know that I would like the opportunity to visit with them—and possibly even come see how their programs are structured. This will certainly help QualiTech understand the difficulties ABBI breeders might be having or identify details about the nutritional needs of the American Bucking Bull as a breed.”

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In the American Bucking Bull’s nostalgic series Blast from the Past, veterans of the sport share short notes from the past about capable contractors, prestigious venues, bad buckers and some of the most accomplished riders who pursued them. In this Blast from the Past, retired PBR bull rider and commentator JW Hart and Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame 2011 Stock Contractor Inductee Mack Altizer remember iconic bovine 50 Smokeless Hammertime.

q Besides the crafty catch phrase “Expect the Unexpected,” veteran bull riders and bull men generally remember some key things about Bad Company Rodeo and its front-man Mack Altizer. For starters, Altizer is legendary for being the first to rear back and take a stab at producing stand-alone, rock-and-roll bull ridings, still unmatched in the wild and edgy department. Altizer’s also legendary when it comes to compiling a pack of the most notorious, big-time buckers to be tested by riders and, just as important, by the grueling grind of the road. One of the smartest concepts the Southwest Texan cultivated was an idea similar to “walk-on” music played in stadiums for professional athletes. Each Bad Company hump and hide boasted more than a brand. They boasted a trendy handle inspired by adrenaline pounding music that blared during each match-up at Bad Company rodeos and bull ridings. Initially people thought this concept from the handy horseman and consummate cowboy was completely nuts—but so were the fans for what Altizer was serving up when it came to entertainment. As it turned out, the heavy-hitting, loud rock music also suited the riders and provided a pre-ride adrenaline rush. Besides the amped up production and crazed fans, riders could count on Altizer’s bovines to be the real deal and were pretty much guaranteed to pluck a bonafide bucker out of the hat. If that same guy took home nothing but applause it was from a legit buck off. On the flip side, if a rider managed to be straddling a Bad Company beast after eight, he’d likely be licking his finger and counting his greenbacks from the adventure. One of the most remembered Bad Company bull’s that fit the festivities on the Altizer agenda was Smokeless Hammertime—a black bovine with a rack of horns as bad as he was. The enormous horns ultimately became the bull’s signature trademark that preceded him in 216 career outs. Of those outs, only 13 were qualified –helping the bull leave as big a mark on the world of bull riding as Altizer himself. “The best thing about Hammertime and the way he bucked is that when a guy started to ride him he had another gear,” shared Altizer. “As soon as that guy looked like he was starting a ride, Hammertime would feel him and just grab that other gear—and he’d also go either way, too.” PBR veteran JW Hart is among the multitude of riders that Hammertime notched his belt on. Since Hart is the ironman of bull riders it seems only appropriate that he comment about this iron-bull. “I got on him in Albuquerque in 2002,” said Hart. “He was a little, bitty ,black bull with a great big set of horns. Those great big horns and how he bucked made him seem a lot bigger than he was to a bull rider and actually when he roped up he wasn’t that big. I knew my style wasn’t gonna work on him but I just figured I would nod and try to go to spurring. “ He turned back so fast and so close. I probably rode him for about 5 seconds or so before he threw me right out the back. Hammertime was a juicy little son-of-a-buck and if you know Mack Altizer at all—you know he’d dang sure use a bull. Hammertime ate more than his share of diesel smoke during his career and he never backed down a bit. He bucked every time.” Altizer of Del Rio, Texas and Chad Beavers of Goldthwaite, Texas purchased Hammertime together at a NFR sale from Brad Brettin. “He was young when we bought him out there in Las Vegas at the NFR Sale,” shared Altizer. “We didn’t know a lot about him except what Ronnie (Roach) and Brad (Brettin) had told me. They said he was a good one—and that was more

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50 Smokeless Hammertime ABBI Registry #: 10002602 Original Breeder: Bradley Brettin Listed Owner: Chad Beavers/Mack Altizer Status: Deceased 11/11/2010 Age: 17 Career Outs: 216 Qualified Rides: 13 Buck Off %: 89.29 Average Mark: 22.539 Accomplishments: 6-time NFR bull from 1999-2004, Texas Circuit Finals Bull of the Year 2000, 2001 & 2002, third place PRCA Bull of the Year 2002, Runnerup PRCA Bull of the NFR 2002, Runner-up PRCA Bull of the Year 2003, Texas Circuit Bucking Bull of the Finals 2004, went un-ridden from December 2000 to November 2003. ABBI Registered Offspring: 88

Mack Altizer and Chad Beavers’ Smokeless Hammertime bucks off Howdy Cloud at the 2002 Texas Circuit Finals in Waco, Texas.

photos by David Jennings. www.jenningsrodeophotography.com

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than enough for me. When I make my mind up to buy something—I’m gonna leave with it and it was that way with Hammertime. We wanted him and I wasn’t leavin’ there without him.” Altizer and Beavers retired Hammertime after an accomplished career at the 2004 Texas Circuit Finals. “We wanted to retire him at the top of his game,” said Altizer. “Looking back, if we had hauled him one more year he’d have had the record for the most trips to the NFR, but you know you just do what you think you need to at the time.” After retirement, the bull went into Beaver’s breeding program where he died last November. “Hammertime’s success is due to Mack,” said Beavers. “Mack hauled him and exposed him all those years and deserves the credit. Hammertime was like a family member to us and it was a pretty sad day around here when he died. I got to use him a lot and have a lot of his sons and daughters though.” When it comes to Hammertime’s sire power, Beavers, Hart and Altizer are all believers. Altizer’s 107 Rock and Roll not only looks like his sire, but bucks like him and maybe even better. “Rock and Roll is by Hammertime and he has more flex to him,” said Altizer. “I mean Hammertime had a long back but the way Rock and Roll can flex his is even better than his dad. I really do think he may even be better—and that’s saying something because Hammertime was one of the best.” For Hart his testimony comes full circle in the form of Chad Pennington’s bucker Papa Smurf. “I bought a Hammertime son for Chad that Smurf Horton bred and raised. We call him Papa Smurf and what I do know is he’s about a 1,900 pound, hop-skippin’, arm-jerking and up- and- down, scary, rank son-of-a-gun with those same big ol’ horns. He’ll jerk you down and hit you in the teeth and that’s all I need to know when it comes to Hammertime’s ability to produce.”

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New Year’s Eve PBR Cowtown Classic ABBI Classic, Fort Worth, Texas

Dec. 31 - Jan. 1, 2011

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Big Casino 770 Jet Set 8025

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Alternator 675 Party All The Time -22 Bad Blake 789 Main Event 7477

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Lufkin Ranch and Rodeo D&H Cattle Co / Enlow & Gilberts Henry Wilson & Marty Foutch Davis / Daw Rafter HB Cattle Cross Lazy S Bucking Bulls Cody Ohl / Creed & Call Cade Stewart Shepherd Ace of Spades / Pit Boss Syndication John & Mary McDonald Diamond S Bucking Bulls John Vinchot / Curtis Leschyshyn / The Jaynes Gang Cody Ohl - Accomazzo Rockin T Ranch Lightning C Cattle Co.  Teague Bucking Bulls, LLC D&H Cattle Co. / Shaw Enterprises Ackerman / Cox Roy Carter Bucking Bulls Lufkin Ranch and Rodeo

Finishing a mere .25 behind L704 was second place bull 20T Train Wreck, owned by D&H Cattle Co. / Enlow Gilberts with 89.5. Third place went to 719 Hurts So Good, owned by Rafter HB Cattle with 88.5, followed by bulls A712 Pit Boss, Ace of Spades / Pit Boss Syndication and 770 Big Casino, John & Mary McDonald—all tying for fourth/fifth with 87.75. By Saturday night the contractors had seen what it was going to take to win, adding to the excitement for this event. Two bulls stepped up scoring 88.75, Henry Wilson & Marty Foutch’s V5 and Davis & Daw’s 71 Betta Watchit tying for first. Third place was 726 Buzz Saw, owned by Cross Lazy S Bucking Bulls with 88.5 while fourth/fifth went to bulls 710 Little White Out, owned by Cody Ohl / Creed & Cali Cade and 227 Betta Believe, owned by Stewart Shepherd each with 88 points. When the math was all done, bull L704 Blackwidow was crowned the champion of the “Cowtown Classic.” His score of 89.75 from Friday night’s round was enough for the win. Chuck Griffin, owner of L705 gave us his thoughts, “Boy are we lucky with this win because there was some tough competition here this weekend. There were a lot of good bulls that just didn’t have their normal trips and that’s tough for their owners. Our rider Stormy Wing did a great job showing our bull and you need to get your bull shown to get a good score. This was a great event, Boyd-Floyd always has a good event where all the contractors have a good time.” David Wisener who flanks L704 added, “704 has been a good bull all

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Spider Monkey (A6) x LW60 (Panhandle Flats) Page 347 Crazy Train(Boding 920)x Page 25-140 (Mossy Oak Mudslinger 790) Valentine(Broke Back V)x Wilson 5 (Whiskey 444) Much Mo Betta(Fat-Eye F23) x Cordell Cow 88(A6) Hot Shot(Short Stack 677) x JA-16(Bo Talkin 023) Vapor(Backlash 36) x Black Lollipop(Driller 607) White Out (Strawberry Wine) x Good and Bald (Walls Breeding) TW 92 Unbelievable (Canadian Heritage) x VD 22 (Grasshopper)

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Blenderhead (Burns Breeding) x Adele (Houdini 329)

87.75

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Little Casino (Little Hostage) x McDonald 970 (McDonald Breeding) Houdini 329 (WSC) x Diamond S 453 (Skat Kat)

87.75 87.75

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Fevers Rising (Exodus) x SR 84 (The Mailman aka Slick Willy)

87.50

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White Out (Strawberry Wine) x Miss Vindicator (Vindicator) Party Time (Mighty Tricky) x MS-2 (Jim Dandy) Tahanta (Tahanta's Back) x MO 135 (Whitewater Skoal) Here's Your Sign (Toews Breeding) x Kish 500 (Bullet Bob)

87.50 87.25 87.25 87.25

 $647.47  $490.72  $490.72  $490.72

Squirt Gun (Roll the Dice) x Page 25-459 (Backlash)

87.00

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Fender Bender (Andrews-6) x SA 135 (Zandy) KH-40 (Houdini 329) x RC 559X (Kid Rock) Zorro (Doo Dad) x CP47D355 (Stand Up CP47)

87.00 87.00 86.75

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From left to right: Zach Gunter, Toby Floyd, Chuck Griffin, David Wisener and Brad Boyd Lufkin Ranch & Rodeo. Chuck Griffin, owner, and David Wisener Flank Man accept their award for their bull L704 Blackwidow winner of the ABBI Cowtown Classic, FT Worth, TX.

along. Even though he wasn’t a futurity bull, he always had plenty of action along with lots of kick. Putting a rider on him has really started him performing and he looked strong this week.” Train Wreck held on to finish second with his 89.5 score while V-5 and Betta Watchit moved into third/fourth place with their 88.75 scores from Saturday. Hurts So Good had Buzz Saw move up and tie him for fifth/sixth each with 88.5. It’s amazing how Toby Floyd, Brad Boyd and their crew can get as many bulls bucked in such a short time. Each night they bucked 50 classic bulls, some three re-rides, 10 junior bull riders and a 10 bull short go; all under 2 1/2 hours.

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Each night the junior bull riders furnished the half time entertainment, giving those in attendance plenty to cheer about. Friday night Colton Kelly’s score of 62 was enough for the win. Saturday, Kelly’s second score of 62 was not good enough to stop Daniel Keeping who scored 76 points for the win. These youngsters really put their heart and soul into this sport and after they cover a bull, they strut out just like their older heroes. Each performance the stands were packed and their enthusiasm was shown with each ride or buck off. If you love bull riding, Cowtown is the place to be on New Year’s Eve, I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year.

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20T Train Wreck, 2nd place, ABBI Classic, Ft Worth, TX

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39.00% 45.00% 29.00% 42.00% 71.00% 31.00% 36.00% 36.00% 44.00% 44.00% 50.00% 67.00% 67.00% 67.00% 67.00% 67.00% 80.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 25.00% 25.00% 27.00% 27.00% 27.00% 27.00% 30.00% 33.00% 33.00% 33.00% 33.00% 38.00% 38.00% 38.00% 38.00% 38.00% 38.00% 38.00% 43.00% 43.00% 43.00% 43.00% 50.00% 50.00% 60.00% 60.00% 60.00% 60.00% 60.00% 60.00% 60.00% 60.00% 60.00% 60.00% 60.00% 60.00% 60.00% 75.00% 75.00% 75.00% 75.00% 75.00% 75.00% 75.00% 75.00% 75.00% 75.00% 75.00%

8 22 22 24 22 13 13 2 28 46 15 19 19 51 14 21 36 30 21 21 14 24 12 34 18 14 37 46 15 34 23 32 23 38 19 24 8 18 39 7 14 23 4 16 28 57 33 8 20 12 14 18 5 13 13 12 39 15 9 13 15 20 10 29 56 9 7 29 9

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20.34 21.33 21.39 20.87 20.13 21.26 21.06 20.48 21.49 21.36 21.58 21.92 18.36 21.09 19.57 21.21 19.04 19.79 19.79 19.13 19.86 21.97 20.93 21.18 21.39 20.11 21.49 20.7 21.08 20.96 21.44 21.22 20.69 21.44 20.51 20.95 20.55 20.46 20.7 19.56 21.78 20.75 19.92 21.4 21.42 21.56 21.21 20.61 20.89 18.69 19 21.63 21.04 20.47 20.48 22.36 20.47 20.24 19.49 19.81 21.73 21.5 20.16 21.44 20.91 19.88 21.46 20.63 20.95

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Production Sires by Competition Stats courtesy of probullstats.com

The sire 10001769-329-HOUDINI 329 10006047-790-MOSSY OAK MUDSLINGER 10000755-97-WHITEWATER SKOAL 10003247-315-PANHANDLE SLIM 10001587-749-ROOSTER 10011599-36-BACKLASH 10012359-555-NEON NIGHTS 10006045-6-A6 10008492-635-MR. JUICEY 10002988-61-LITTLE YELLOW JACKET 10000714-81-SKAT KAT 10007479-R8-COPE. KISH AKA RODDY BROWN 10000738-15-PLAYBOY SKOAL 10000708-J31A-BODACIOUS 10010628-A67-REINDEER 10008488-514-REAL DEAL 10007352-55-CROSSFIRE HURRICANE 10011967-88-BEST SHOT 10000739-55-GUNSLINGER 10005182-22-HOTEL CALIFORNIA 10003202-301-SPORTS MACHINE 10005161-497-AUTOMATIC 10003942-O1-NIGHT LIFE 10000761-77-YELLOW JACKET 10002288-624-KISH'S WOLFMAN 10008487-450-KISH'S TOP GUN 10023615-007-SECRET AGENT 10005696-L030-ZORRO 10006049--618-WESTERN WISHES 10008832-770-DOUBLE SHOT 10005821-553-HOBO 10008137-266-GRC 266 COOPERS' COMET 10003294-966-COWBOY CASH 10001937-M17-M17 10006167-441-BLUEBERRY WINE 10008261-677-SHORT STACK 10003371-74-WRANGLER SPORTS JACKET 10035579-33-IVORY ROCK 10014930-54-HARGIS 54 UP IN SMOKE 10007519-637-STRAIGHT JACKET 10008131-532-RASPBERRY WINE 10004510-563-BW 563 THE DARKNESS 10006436-34-NACCARATO'S OSCARS VELVET 10014183-13-BIG DEAL 10008136-182-GRC 182 HOT DAMN 10021912-347-PAGE 347 CRAZY TRAIN 10006308-014-COWTOWN CLASSIC 10003365-56-LITTLE HOUDINI 10000759-K66-RAPID FIRE 10011211-10-VORTEX 10000779-240-SKY KING 10008411-00-SUPER DAVE 10000732-G80-SPECK 10001139-161-WHITE SPORTS COAT 10018801-630-TOP CAT 10013953-263-BONE COLLECTOR 10029136-721-SUPER DUDE 10006069-V-BROKE BACK V 10009617-A56-TAHANTA'S BACK 10003436-G6-TWILIGHT ZONE-MEXICAN 10000734-G879-KLASSIC ROCKER 10015046-158-WHITE OUT 10008505-270-XS 270 KISH'S WINCHESTER 10005766-14-CHAOS 10004156-L902-ALIOOP

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ProBullStats # sons # sons in % sons in Avg. Offspring (outs, avg mark) 3+ years ProBullStats ProBullStats Outs (92 / 22.93 ) (5 / 22.45 ) (21 / 22.69 ) (51 / 22.42 ) (6 / 21.46 ) (53 / 21.98 ) (4 / 21.38 ) (76 / 23.07 ) (15 / 21.80 ) (10 / 22.08 ) (5 / 23.20 ) (95 / 22.29 ) (43 / 21.48 ) (90 / 22.43 ) (69 / 21.86 ) (1 / 23.00 ) (28 / 22.58 ) (42 / 21.91 ) (2 / 21.56 ) (76 / 22.12 ) (10 / 22.88 ) (2 / 21.75 ) (10 / 21.64 ) (3 / 22.00 ) (77 / 22.09 ) (102 / 22.31 ) (10 / 20.69 ) (18 / 19.03 )

(93 / 22.63 ) (1 / 20.50 ) (1 / 19.25 ) (33 / 20.89 ) (32 / 22.39 ) (1 / 20.50 )

(52 / 21.88 ) (120 / 21.74 ) (55 / 21.70 ) (20 / 20.97 ) (16 / 22.31 ) (15 / 21.25 ) (1 / 21.50 )

(46 / 21.80 )

(0 / 0.00 ) (2 / 21.00 ) (21 / 20.96 ) (1 / 21.00 )

Avg. Offspring Mark

778 239 117 211 154 166 107 116 54 186 211 38

158 56 47 35 34 32 26 25 25 24 23 23

0.2 0.23 0.4 0.17 0.22 0.19 0.24 0.22 0.46 0.13 0.11 0.61

16 14 30 19 23 12 7 29 21 17 27 21

20.72 20.5 19.9 20.6 20.38 20.01 19.95 20.39 20.44 20.44 20.96 19.76

150 129 129 74 38 22 116 71 73 62 113 110 41 26 16 94 60 59 57 36 143 108 94 89 29 20 129 83 56 54 53

20 20 18 18 17 17 16 16 15 15 14 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10

0.13 0.16 0.14 0.24 0.45 0.77 0.14 0.23 0.21 0.24 0.12 0.12 0.32 0.5 0.81 0.13 0.2 0.2 0.21 0.33 0.08 0.1 0.12 0.12 0.38 0.55 0.08 0.12 0.18 0.19 0.19

37 26 6 15 18 15 23 12 30 33 10 27 25 16 13 13 12 5 40 16 13 23 12 18 17 16 6 15 12 22 9

20.32 20.88 19.78 20.69 21.04 20.94 20.82 20.73 20.96 21.17 20.45 21.25 20.82 20.55 21.11 20.63 20.35 20.5 19.88 20.82 20.72 19.78 20.83 20.9 21.15 20.43 20.88 21.32 19.69 20.76 20.96

30 30 24 21 46 44 32 27 19 14 50 40 29 29 28 23 16 14 82 60 43 42

10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7

0.33 0.33 0.42 0.48 0.2 0.2 0.28 0.33 0.47 0.64 0.16 0.2 0.28 0.28 0.29 0.35 0.5 0.57 0.09 0.12 0.16 0.17

6 23 4 12 21 33 8 26 29 49 17 12 37 2 17 30 29 26 10 37 11 4

20.88 20.74 21.02 19.61 20.72 20.66 20.9 21.46 21.02 20.37 21.39 20.66 21.21 20.12 21.41 20.95 20.38 19.98 21.53 21.66 21.38 20.85

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The sire 10006796--POWER BALL 10001034-224-SPOOK 10006572-273-VINDICATOR 10008490-574-PARTY HOUND 10007912-L791-SPLAT KAT 10013637-582-TWISTED MIND 10010468-452-BOIS D' ARC 10023065-33-SCREAM 10010998-28-BLACK POWDER 10000753-A2-ROJO 10007833-A-SKOALS PET 10005133-20-KISH'S TOO LEGIT 10012594-920-BODING 10016167-812-BLENDERHEAD 10009721-A54-RAIN WOLF aka BEEB 10003397-125-MOODY BLUES 10002335-CP 47-STAND UP CP 47 10012371-658-FROGY 10009696-95-MISSION PACK 10002785-21-POLE CAT 10005805-805-RAFTER 7r 805 KUNG FU KID 10000745-57-RED WASP/WESTERN HAULER 10020010-027-BLACK SABBATH 10006535-38-VEGAS 10000767-166-STRAWBERRY WINE 10002601-49-TEQUILLA 10001177-21-WAPITI 10006492-79-DH 79 10003639-731-BO DIPPIN 10037092-SG-SQUIRT GUN 10023378-177-KISH'S RAZOR SHARP 10012504-212-JC 212 10001557-B12-VITAMIN PAC 10011627-210-137-COVER PAGE 10002605-231-COPENHAGEN WILD THING 10003773-58-LIL WASP 10029109-W97A2-JACK & WATER 10012232-82-HIGH NOON 10026120-245-Kish's Dirty Deal 10043853-*-SPIN DOCTOR 10012092-36-WASHITA JUNIOR 10009618-856-TAHANTA 10003900-2X-UNCLE KRACKER 10013948-194-SMOOTH MOVE 10031301--25-WALKER -25 10006571-207-SPITTIN IMAGE 10006168-TYJ 101-RAMPAGE 10000736-RCX-ALLIGATOR 10011810-02-WILDLIFE 10000752-A9-COPENHAGEN LITE 10025160-61-LYON'S KING 10009722-A69-WEREWOLF

ProBullStats # sons # sons in % sons in Avg. Offspring (outs, avg mark) 3+ years ProBullStats ProBullStats Outs (8 / 21.89 ) (6 / 21.29 ) (53 / 21.77 ) (3 / 21.17 ) (31 / 20.63 ) (4 / 21.00 ) (2 / 19.63 ) (2 / 21.50 ) (45 / 22.68 ) (37 / 22.17 )

(10 / 21.10 )

(8 / 21.38 ) (28 / 21.97 ) (52 / 21.10 ) (6 / 21.13 ) (2 / 19.00 )

(45 / 22.28 ) (20 / 21.33 )

(37 / 20.71 ) (8 / 21.78 ) (87 / 20.92 ) (32 / 20.90 ) (4 / 20.75 ) (32 / 21.14 ) (3 / 19.42 ) (51 / 23.10 ) (14 / 20.44 ) (30 / 21.67 ) (1 / 21.50 ) (37 / 22.36 ) (11 / 21.32 ) (47 / 21.91 ) (3 / 22.33 ) (38 / 20.16 ) (105 / 22.34 )

Avg. Offspring Mark

42 39 38 38 36 29 28 26 19 19 11 9 81 78 64 63 63 56 50 45 40 38

7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

0.17 0.18 0.18 0.18 0.19 0.24 0.25 0.27 0.37 0.37 0.64 0.78 0.07 0.08 0.09 0.1 0.1 0.11 0.12 0.13 0.15 0.16

22 6 20 15 5 15 14 4 13 43 51 25 11 20 8 28 5 22 15 21 4 19

20.51 20.49 19.8 20.6 21.02 20.36 19.5 20.32 21.3 20.41 20.57 21.01 20.74 20.53 20.84 20.48 20.2 19.15 21 20.57 20.59 19.74

37 31 30 29 29 27 22 21 20 19 19 19 18 17 15 10 8 6 101 59 55 49 44 42 37 35 33 31 31 30

6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

0.16 0.19 0.2 0.21 0.21 0.22 0.27 0.29 0.3 0.32 0.32 0.32 0.33 0.35 0.4 0.6 0.75 1 0.05 0.08 0.09 0.1 0.11 0.12 0.14 0.14 0.15 0.16 0.16 0.17

4 28 44 58 9 19 33 10 10 22 38 19 12 20 10 9 3 27 36 16 9 2 7 3 33 33 7 21 21 5

20.11 21.3 20.79 21.04 20.19 20.86 21.16 20.77 20.15 20.65 20.34 20.78 20.53 20.43 20.81 20.95 20.7 20.52 20.88 21.32 20.29 19.7 20.79 20.49 20.66 21.1 21.25 21.12 20.13 20.48

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2011 Classic Standings (By Money)

Total Season Winnings Paid to Date: $27,262.04 As Of: January 4, 2011 place id#

ABBI#

bull

owner

earnings

1 2 3 3 5 5 7 7 9 9 9 12 12 14 14 14 17 17 17 20

10049997 10045500 10091631 10064385 10053755 10073167 10056661 10059018 10062489 10067647 10073850 10048434 10061047 10066854 10053276 10092724 10047347 10061225 10097968 10050037

Blackwidow Train Wreck V-5 Betta Watchit Hurts So Good Buzz Saw Little White Out Betta Believe Pit Boss Big Casino Jet Set Studly Alternator Party All The Time Bad Blake Main Event Charlie T Back Bender Termite Geronimo

Lufkin Ranch and Rodeo D&H Cattle Co / Enlow & Gilberts Henry Wilson & Marty Foutch Davis / Daw Rafter HB Cattle Cross Lazy S Bucking Bulls Cody Ohl / Creed & Call Cade Stewart Shepherd Ace of Spades / Pit Boss Syndication John & Mary McDonald Diamond S Bucking Bulls John Vinchot / Curtis Leschyshyn / The Jaynes Gang Cody Ohl - Accomazzo Rockin T Ranch Lightning C Cattle Co. Teague Bucking Bulls, LLC D&H Cattle Co. / Shaw Enterprises Ackerman / Cox Roy Carter Bucking Bulls Lufkin Ranch and Rodeo

$7,088.12 $4,089.30 $2,112.81 $2,112.81 $1,431.26 $1,431.26 $1,158.64 $1,158.64 $840.58 $840.58 $840.58 $647.47 $647.47 $490.72 $490.72 $490.72 $372.58 $372.58 $372.58 $272.62

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