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Humps N Horns November 2020
On The Cover - Jose Vitor Leme and Jess Lockwood prepare to battle for a gold buckle as the 2020 PBR World Champion.
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What They Look for in an 8 Second Ride
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2020 Finals Preview
22 2020 PBR World Finals Preview
Georgia Akers Justin Felisko Barbara Pinnella Keno Shrum
Who Will Be the Next World Champion?
Also In This Issue Bull Pen 19 Classifieds 28 Country Kitchen 15 Inspiration Point 14 Livestock Layovers 28 Outside the Arena
Practice Pens Talking Bull w/ Brayden Through My Eyes Where’s the Beef
28 7 8 25
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Andy Gregory Phillip Kitts Kelly B. Robbins Andy Watson
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Letter from the Editor
Greetings! We have almost reached the end of the 2020 season for bull riding. The PBR kicks off its World Finals this month, as usual, but in a new location, not as usual. The PBR World Finals and the PRCA’s National Finals Rodeo have both relocated to Arlington, Texas for 2020. I know a lot of folks are disappointed that it won’t be in Vegas this year, but I am pretty excited since I will be able to take it all in and still sleep in my own bed. I am also excited about this issue of Humps N Horns. Barbara Pinnella and Kelly Robbins have written great previews for bull riders and bucking bulls as both pursue the goal of becoming a World Champion. Since we will celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, we thought it would be fitting to feature an article about an Army veteran for which we have a great deal of respect. Phillip Kitts served our country and then came back and worked to become a really good rodeo / bull riding photographer. You have seen his images featured in our magazine for several years. We salute Phillip and all other veterans for serving our country. Thank you!
Due to the timing of the PBR World Finals, our December issue may be a little later arriving. The Finals will conclude on November 15 and we typically submit the issue to the printer around that time. However, we think it will be worth the wait as it will have all of our coverage of the Finals and the awesome photos that you have come to expect. We will also take some time to celebrate Thanksgiving Day at the end of this month. Although this has been a difficult year, I would like to encourage you to realize that we still have a great deal for which we can be grateful. I hope you are able to spend some time with friends and family and think about how blessed we are. Until next time, Terry
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Talking “Bull” with Brayden
I’ve got to see and meet Ty a few times on he Unleash the Beast Tour and once when he was inducted into the Bull Riding Hall of Fame in the Fort Worth Stockyards. To see Ty yourself you can watch him announce the Unleash the Beast Tour on CBS Sports Network any time there is a PBR event. Thanks for reading. To find out more about me go to my instagram @braydenhollywoodbrown or my facebook which is Brayden Hollywood Brown. Thank you, Hi, my name is Brayden Hollywood Brown and I’m a miniature bull rider. Today we are going to be continuing the old timer series with Ty Murray, so let’s get into it.
Brayden Hollywood Brown
Ty Murrray has a lot of accomplishments, to say the least. Ty had some of the highest scores in the PBR and the PRCA. Two of his highest are 95 and 95.50 point scores. The 95 point ride was on a bull by the name of Perfect Storm. Now, at the time, Perfect Storm was a very rank bull. This was at the time when the bull riding industry was starting to get into the breeding aspect, and boy did it work out for Ty Murray. Ty’s 95.50 point ride was aboard a bull that a lot of people know. He goes by the name of Red Wolf. Ty has won the PRCA World Championship two times and the all around seven times. He never won a PBR world title but he was one of the founders of the PBR.
Ty Murray aboard Red Wolf at the 1999 PBR World Finals.
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Through the Eyes of the Father We all develop an identity for ourselves at an early age. Most of us are given a big part of our identity by our earthly father. For some their father imparts confidence and speaks purpose into our lives, for others their father imparts a low self asteem and speaks failure to us. Even those whose earthly father is not a part of their life are given identity through his absence. No matter how good or bad our earthly father was or is, they are only part of fallen mankind and fall short of the glory of God the Father. We all need an identity based on how God the Father views us. Any other opinion that we have of ourself is a lie from satan as he tries to wreck our lives and the plan God has for each of us. Father (God) sent His Son to destroy the effects of sin in our lives and give us abundant life here and now (relationship through Jesus, to God as Father is our Identity). The Father wants us to know Him. Equaly important to Him is that we allow Him to know us. GOD is WHAT He is and He knows every detail of our lives but because FATHER is WHO He is, He gives us the freedom to either shut Him out or to allow Him access to our heart and life. When we allow Him full access, that is when we will take on the identity that He has for us. His character will begin to develop in us, then our mindset will begin to reflect His and our identity will then be based on His love for us. Romans 5:8 says” But God (Father) demonstrates His love own for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. Every relationship needs to be two sided. A one sided relationship will not be a healthy one. The Fathers heart concerning His side of our relationship is summed up in 2 Peter 3:9 “ The Lord is not slow in keeping His promises, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not willing for anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (a change of mind about Him). We can’t fully understand the Father and His heart toward us. Although, through His Spirit we can feel and enjoy His love for us and be set on course for the plan he has for our lives. When we tell the Father that we love Him, He understands love to such a greater degree than we do and He relates our love for Him to how much He loves us. As a daddy, I love to hear my children tell me that they love me. I relate that to what I understand love to be. When they tell me in detail about a ball game or rodeo they just competed in,
it blesses my heart that they value our relationship enough to tell me about it. Even though I may have seen the whole thing, I love to hear their perspective on all of it. The same is true of the Father. It pleases Him when we verbally allow Him into our lives. He knows all that is happening, but when we share it with Him the relationship deepens as a two sided relationship, then He has evidence that we do love Him. I make it a practice every morning when I get up, to tell Him that I love Him, to thank Him for life and then to invite His Spirit full access to me. To fill me up fresh so that I will be an accurate representation of Him to the world. I do this out loud so that we both can hear the words that I am speaking to Him. As we spend time with the Father, we will begin to understand what His thoughts are toward us. When I say spend time with Him I don’t mean just studying your bible (although that is very important in developing His character in us). Spend time daily, conversing with Him, share your heart, dreams, goals, even your fears, hurts and disappontments and then listen to what He has to say to you about it all. He is the ultimate Father and He cares about everything that is important to us and wants us to get His perspective and direction. The dreams in our heart are probably placed there by Him. If we are seeking His will and the dreams aren’t from Him, He will replace them with His purpose in our heart. We have got to choose to be obedient and respond to Him, trusting His plan. I want to be right in the middle of His plan for me so that my life will be filled with peace, knowing He has my back in it all. Our world is so filled with GO, RUSH and DO. Could it be that the Father is asking us to slow down and give Him a chance to speak to us and let us see ourself through His eyes. As we begin to see ourself through His eyes and hear Him speak, agree with the things HE says about us, casting down any other opinion ever given about us. As children of the Father our identity is given through Him seeing us with eyes filtered through the blood of Jesus. If we See ourselves through His eyes, then we will have confidence in our identity given by the Father. Our identity in Him always points us to His love and purpose for our lives in His Kingdom. Jesus Loves You Cody Custer
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Phillip Kitts Front line to photos By Pat Sovern
Photos by Avid Visual Imagery
By Pat Sovern
Veterans are the backbone of our country. Many have voluntarily sacrificed time from their families and put their lives on hold to serve in the military. While most would tell you, they don’t regret the time they spent serving because of lessons learned, friendships formed, and leadership skills they developed, it is often difficult to transition back into the civilian world. I have had the privilege to meet several outstanding veterans who left the military and rebuilt their lives by using their talents to pursue a new career. One of them is my friend and editor, Phillip Kitts. Kitts was born in Granada Hills, California. His family ran a livestock operation which included cattle and sheep in the mountains west of Frasier Park, California. When he was a freshman in high school, his family moved to Myrtle Creek,
Oregon. He participated in the rodeo throughout school and played several sports. Emergency medicine became one of his interests, so he attended EMT school in Montana. Nearly every male in his family had served in the military- mostly Army and Navy. “Since the time I was young, I knew I needed to do my duty and serve our nation,” Kitts told me. After being an EMT in Montana for a few years, he joined the Army in 2000. When he was preparing for service, he heard of a prestigious unit in Washington D.C. called The Old Guard. He was told he wasn’t tall enough and his scores weren’t high enough for that job. During the fall of 2000, Kitts attended basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He had accepted that his future in the military would be a “simple, ground-pounding grunt”, but he was in for a huge surprise! He was in a group of about fifty soldiers that was quickly reduced to five. They were told they met the requirement for the 3rd U.S. Infantry known as The Old Guard and invited to
“Duty, Honor, Country” — those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn. - Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s speech to the Corps of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 12, 1962
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apply for the position. Kitts said he was heavily recruited because of his height (6’3”) and he had the specific attributes they were desiring. After fourteen weeks of training, he left Georgia and began his new assignment in Washington D.C. The Old Guard is the oldest, active-duty infantry unit in the Army since 1784. The duties of the distinguished guard are to escort the president, conduct military ceremonies at the White House, the Pentagon, and national memorials- including maintaining the 24-hour vigil at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They also provide military funeral escorts at Arlington National Cemetery and security for the D.C. area in time of emergency. Kitts was assigned to the Alpha Company which is the Commander in Chief ’s Guard. They provided numerous escort missions of varying degrees. They performed revolutionary war and civil war reenactments, plus ceremonial tasks around the United States and executed burials in the Arlington National Cemetery, while still completing their infantry field training on a regular basis. He recalled stepping off the plane at Reagan International Airport and seeing the city for the first time. Being a small-town country kid, he said, “Almost immediately, the sense of discomfort and uneasiness overwhelmed me.” To get past it, he focused on his new assignment, began feeling more confident, and felt he had found his calling. Then, everything changed on September 11, 2001. At 9:00 am., his unit was at Fort Myer, Virginia waiting for a rehearsal to begin when they got word there had been a disaster in New York City. They went into the chaplain’s office to watch the news on TV and saw the second plane hit the World Trade Center at 9:03 am. At 9:15 am., several soldiers including Kitts stepped outside of the hall to take a break. One senior leader made a comment about a plane flying low along the Potomac River. Shortly after, they heard the explosion of Flight 77 hitting the Pentagon and could see the billow of smoke from where they stood. Within the hour, they were shipped back by bus to their base, Ft. McNair at Washington D.C. to be assigned for security missions. “The memory of that small window and the first sight of the tail of the plane and black pillar of smoke will forever be burned in my mind,” Kitts recalled. Due to the chaos, travel by vehicle became nearly impossible, so the unit had to run to their home base. They were ordered to stand guard for the next several hours in the hot, sweltering sun in full gear. Later that day, they were moved to the Pentagon to provide guard for the interior of the building. He vividly recalled the moment they arrived on scene: “Even with the setting sun, you could feel the heat radiating from the building, and you could feel the urgency and intensity.” The next several weeks consisted of exhaustive work securing the area and sifting through the rubble to recover sensitive material and remains- a task no one is ever prepared for. The memories still haunt Kitts to today. By 2002, Kitts had the choice to re-enlist or end his military service. He wasn’t ready to quit the Army just yet and was able to get a one-year extension at The Old Guard. He achieved the rank
of E-4 Specialist. Then, in 2003, he received a promotion earning his sergeant stripes. At this time, he wanted to find an assignment in a combat-ready unit to “take the fight to the enemy.” His platoon sergeant suggested that he try to get into one of the new Stryker Units. The Stryker was a new infantry vehicle at the time and thought to be the new big thing in combat. He found out Alaska was preparing a Stryker Unit and looking for infantrymen, so he offered to reenlist if he could be part of the unit. A couple of weeks later, he was raising his hand re-enlisting for another three years. Stepping off the plane in Fairbanks was another culture shock for Kitts. He had faced cold temperatures in Montana, but was not prepared for the bitter cold of Alaska. After signing in early to get housing and pay at Fort Wainwright, he officially became part of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The first tour for Kitts was in Iraq in the fall of 2005. His unit worked in Mosul and the surrounding areas. Most of his days involved small arms fire and IED attacks. In July 2006, his convoy was attacked by a suicide vehicle-borne explosive device. He survived the attack with seemingly minor injuries, although his memory of the incident was fuzzy. Just before they were to head back to Alaska, his tour was being extended and the unit was sent to Northern Baghdad where they faced rough missions, threats, and horrible living arrangements. His unit finally got relieved in November of 2006 and sent back to Alaska in December. In 2007, Kitts was sent to Fort Riley, Kansas. Three years later, doctors discovered he had a complex collection of brain injuries.
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association. Their photographer was ill and they needed someone for their big July rodeo. His family supported the change of plans and the Kitts went to Ottawa, Kansas for their first rodeo. He had only been out of the wheelchair for a month and used a cane to support himself. He risked balance issues and shot his first rodeo on one cane. After a few more rodeos, Kitts had enough content to apply for a PRCA card. In order to get the permit, two gold card members had to sign a letter of recommendation. This is tough to get when “you’re the new guy”. Kitts said to this day one of his biggest mentors was Richard Ruff. Ruff was a Marine veteran of Vietnam. After days of phone calls, Ruff told him, “You have a long way to go to be good enough to be a PRCA photographer, but I see how hard you will work and I know you are bound for great things, so I will sign your letter.”
He was eventually medically retired as an E-7 Sergeant First Class in 2012. The following year, he had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) related to his brain injury which landed him in a wheelchair for six months. During that time, his daughter heard him talk about taking pictures in Iraq and how it helped keep his mind off the mental stress he was feeling, so she bought him a camera for Father’s Day. That gave him a sense of self-worth and planted the seed for his next chapter in life. Taking a gamble, he applied for vocational rehabilitation through the VA and was approved. His wife found a bull ride in Utah for him to take photos. The producer of the event used it as an audition for possible future events throughout the year. Phillip and his wife scraped together money to travel to the rodeo. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out in sales and future events with that producer. When they got back home, they contacted every horse ranch, rodeo, and equine event in Kansas. One woman offered to let them photograph her horse herd. She turned out to be the president of the Kansas Horse Council and helped them get a job at a horse show in Topeka.
Ever since, Kitts has been photographing rodeos all over the country. He has worked multiple PBR World Finals as a media photographer and was chosen as the Cinch Chute Out photographer two of the years they had the event in Las Vegas. One of his biggest honors was being one of the official photographers for the Humps N Horns Bullriding Magazine. I came to know of Phillip while I was visiting a friend and saw him taking photos at the 2015 Buck-Mania in Elkhorn, Nebraska. I was instantly impressed when I saw his action shots of bull riders and began following his website. Last December, I reached out to him to help me promote my book, My Boy Is Home, on his website. In turn, he asked me if I would write articles for a new online magazine he was creating in January called the Ranch Rodeo and Agriculture Magazine. I agreed. Phillip Kitts is an amazing individual and talented photographer. I am honored to get the opportunity to write this article as an appreciation for taking a chance on me as a writer and for his service in the Army and rodeo!
Photos provided courtesy of the Kitts Family.
While getting ready for the show, Kitts realized they needed a more commercial approach and came up with the name Avid Visual Imagery. They chose the words Avid for their keen interest and Visual for their joy of the Visual components of photography and video. They did very well at the horse show and ended up booking several more events. Kitts was still interested in photographing rodeo events. “Our eyes never left the prize of getting into rodeo, but we just could not find our break,” he stated. Then, in July 2013, luck finally came their way! As his family was about to leave for a vacation at a cabin, he got a call from the youth president of a small rodeo
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Photo by Steve Gray
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He allowed himself to be ruled by his feelings instead of doing what was right He did what felt right. We must be led by faith not feelings. We must trust in the truth of God in spite of our circumstances and our emotions. Saul knew it was wrong for him to offer the sacrifice. However, He chose to let his feelings dictate his actions. “Therefore I felt compelled..” Proverbs 3:5-8 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.
by Keno Shrum
Faith > Feelings Feelings are fickle and cannot be trusted. The current trend is to allow feelings to be the barometer of what is accepted or not accepted. This is ridiculous and yet it seems to be the prevailing and dominating standard of right and wrong. How someone feels, feels like the most important and determining factor of facts. I could go on and on about the current cancel culture, which is mostly based on feelings, but that is not the point of this blog. I want to focus on one verse of scripture that seemingly jumped off the page recently. I am very familiar with the story and the passage of scripture. However, as I was reading it one word, from one verse grabbed my attention. 1 Samuel 13:12 then I said, ‘The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the LORD.’ Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering.”
Proverbs 28:26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered. Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? Later, Samuel would tell Saul, obedience is better than sacrifice. Saul failed to obey the truth of God because He lacked faith in God. How is your faith? Are you trusting what you know to be true about God or how you feel? Choose to trust God no matter how you feel! Guest article writen by Jon Haley, Hallmark Baptist Church - Fort Worth, Texas
King Saul was about lead his men into battle and was waiting for the Prophet Samuel. Samuel was to come and offer the sacrifice to the Lord. Saul grew fearful and impatient. He lacked faith and it led him to be led by his feelings. He felt scared because He lacked faith. He felt impatient because He lacked faith. He felt overwhelmed because He lacked faith. He felt compelled because He lacked faith.
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Pot Roast Pasta INGREDIENTS
• 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided • 2 1/2 lb. beef chuck roast • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped • 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut crosswise into 1” pieces • 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour • 1/2 c. red wine • 1 (1.3-oz.) package McCormick Slow Cookers Savory Pot Roast seasoning mix • 12 oz. rigatoni, cooked • Freshly grated parmesan
1. Turn Instant Pot to Sauté setting. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in pot. When oil is shimmering, add beef and cook until seared on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer beef to a plate. 2. Add remaining tablespoon oil, onion, and carrot to Instant Pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until just starting to turn tender, about 4 minutes. 3. Stir in the flour, cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Stir in wine. Bring to boil and cook until reduced by half, about 1 minute. 4. Pour 3/4 cup water into pot and sprinkle in seasoning packet, stirring to combine, making sure to scrape up all from the bottom of pot. Place beef into pot. 5. Lock lid and set to pressure cook on high for 1 hour. 6. Follow manufacturer’s guide for quick release, making sure to wait until cycle is complete before unlocking and removing the lid. 7. Transfer beef to a plate and shred with two forks. Return beef to Instant Pot and stir in rigatoni. 8. Serve with grated parmesan.
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Outside the Arena with...
The Judge By Georgia Akers
According to some of my hunting buddies, the prey that are the hardest to hunt are the cats (bobcat, lynx, jaguar): they blend in and are quiet. Also antelope got a vote because they spook easily and have excellent eyesight. In the sport of bull riding we also have elusive prey. They are called judges. They too must have excellent eyesight and blend in with the crowds. And they do not/will not be interviewed so they too have a spooking factor. I reached out to a judge-friendly intermediary to see if I could corner a judge. Jay Daugherty agreed to try. I explained I just wanted information on the judging process and not anything personal about a bull or a rider. One judge agreed as long as it was confidential. I want to thank Jay for his efforts. Without him, this interview would not have happened. I was a court judge for 10 years. This was, at times, a difficult job because I was making decisions that had consequences. But I had time: I could take a matter under advisement to research it or think about it or review the facts. Bull riding judges, or for that matter rodeo judges, have 8 seconds or less. And after the interview, discovering all the factors they are considering in that 8 seconds, I have decided their job is hard. I think my job was easier. Thank you again to the judge who stepped up. I am in your debt.
How did you become a judge? What is your background? I was a professional bull rider and rode when the PBR was formed. I quit riding but still had friends riding so I was a stock contractor and raised bulls. The prerequisite was you must be a rider. For a couple of years I judged bulls at various events and then came to the PBR. How do the judges work in the PBR? There are four judges. Two at the chutes (the back judges) and two out in front. The two back judges are left hand delivery and right hand delivery which is the direction the bull comes out of the gate.
Their job is to start the official time, call chute fouls, rerides, and disqualifications-everything going on in the chute. The two out front have the view of the ride. They also have a hand held stop watch in case the official clock fails and one is the replay judge. All four scores of the judges are used to determine the final score. On the Velocity tour there are two judges on the back of the chutes that can see everything. The PRCA uses the same system. Do the computer clocks make it easier for judges? The computer score system is quicker. You have to make sure of the score you give because once it goes in, it is locked in. You cannot change it. What are you looking for when scoring the bull? There are five categories or guidelines we are considering: how the bull bucks on the front end; the kick that he follows up with which then affects the front end when he comes down from the kick; the spin or direction change; the difficulty; and the intensity. All these factors go into the scoring. A bull might not buck or spin but if he is intense he will get points for that but not for not bucking or spinning. All of these combined means the bull is difficult and the score will be good. You judge each bull as if it is the first time you ever saw him. He is judged for that day. You mark him and go on. Each bull is judged on his ability and not his ability for a past ride or being compared to the other bulls that are competing.
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What are you looking for when scoring the rider? The rider should be in perfect control. He should not be behind or off center. He needs to be riding offensively to show he is in control of the ride and is perfectly centered. He is not riding defensively where he is trying to catch up. Riding defensively would not be in control, not centered and points are deducted. There has been talk about sensors put on the bulls and having computers be part of the scoring. What are your thoughts on this? They are researching by putting sensors on the flank straps. Right now they are gathering data. However, a sensor will not know how difficult a bull is. It will not be able to judge in all the categories. And it will not be able to score a rider. When a rider is put on the clock, what causes this to happen? We are not worried while the rider is getting set. When he starts pulling his rope, he puts pressure and stress on the bull. If the bull is standing okay, the rider is wrapped and he should slide up and go. We verbally tell him it is time to go. If he doesn’t, we put him on the clock for his safety as well as the bull’s. Once he is on the clock, he has to go even if the bull starts moving and misbehaving. When the red flag is thrown and a bull is disqualified, what are the actions of the bull to cause this to happen?
at ABBI events but I understand it. These contractors are paying an entry fee and make their living on winning events. They are there to have their bull win. They might ask questions but they are always respectful. If someone was interested in becoming a judge, is there a school to learn the job? How could someone get started in this vocation? The PBR has seminars to train judges. You would also find someone who is well regarded and trusted in the industry to mentor you. You would shadow the judge and score rides. At the end of the event you would compare scores to see if you are getting it. To judge any PBR sanctioned event you must have a judge’s card which requires you to pass a test and have someone recommend you. Smaller events have lots of bulls and gives a new judge a chance to get a reputation. Having a well-regarded judge put in a good word for you helps get you a try out. But it is more than the judging. It is how you handle yourself. Being prepared, being early and ready to work. Having a proper professional demeanor and ready to take care of business. We need judges who are serious about their job and doing it properly. That’s what the stock contractors and the riders expect and deserve, and your employer requires. What is the best thing about being a judge? Staying connected to a sport I love.
If the bull does not cooperate by bucking around and not giving a rider an opportunity to get set, we will disqualify the bull and the rider gets a reride. When this happens, the stock contractor is not paid. Bulls learn and the stock contractor will go home and work with the bull to teach him chute etiquette.
Do the fans recognize you?
When an event is an ABBI event where the bulls are also competing, how do you judge when the bull bucks off the rider in less than 8 seconds?
Is it hard when the crowd is unhappy with your decision?
You judge the bull on that trip and that trip only. You mark the score on what you see on the ride. If he leaves the chute and is intense and bucking but no spin, you judge on those categories that you can. If the bull gets the rider off but is starting to turn back into a spin you can give some points for that. These bulls are so athletic that the very best do not always get to show all they have. There is a lot of luck on the rider that they draw. On the whole, are riders respectful of your decision? Yes. They realize we have a job to do just as they are focused on their job. They are very respectful. Sometimes they want to know why they got the score in order to improve. My job is to judge. Their job is to ride.
At one time we were on social media but not now. As an official I think it is good not to be known. We are not part of the action. We are there to do a job and if all goes well we have done it properly.
The ride shows on the screen. It is there for all to see. I follow the rules and by doing so I know I have made the right call. Has there ever been a perfect 100 score? If so who? PRCA event in Oregon in the early 90’s. The bull was Wolfman ridden by Wade Leslie. Can a rider make a bull look better or worse than he is? Yes. For example Jim Sharp could draw a very difficult bull but he made it look so easy that the bull with Jim as the rider just did not look as rank. He made it look so effortlessly. On the other hand, Chris Shivers could dress up a bull and make an average bull look more rank than he really was.
On the whole, are stock contractors respectful of your decision? On the whole, yes. There may be more questioning of judging
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0 2 0 2 WORLD CHAMPION BUCKING BULL CONTENDERS Photos by Andy Watson / BullStock Media
By Kelly B. Robbins
2020 has certainly been a different and difficult year. The Covid-19 virus has caused a major shift in what we have always called “normal”. People and businesses have been affected all over the world. During this time, we have all had to change how we do things. New ways to do things differently and safely have been researched and successfully implemented. This was true for the PBR as well. Basically, the country and the world have been in lockdown, waiting for government restrictions to be gradually lifted, so planning could begin on how to move forward into the immediate future. Even when plans and schedules were set, adjustments had to be made based on ever-changing Covid-19 restrictions. The PBR’s impressive history of innovation was highlighted again when they became the first professional sport to hold a live sporting event. The PBR Unleash the Beast Las Vegas Invitational presented by Union Home Mortgage was held at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma on April 25 and 26. This gave the top bull riders from around the world, the top stock contractors, and the top bovine athletes the opportunity to get back to work and compete in a live sporting event, even though it was without fans present and in front of a television audience.
there WILL be a 2020 PBR World Finals Championship this November 12-15, where they will crown the 2020 PBR Champion Bull Rider, the 2020 PBR Yeti Champion Bull of the Year, and the 2020 PBR Stock Contractor of the Year. But as we explained, adjustments have had to be made due to the Covid-19 restrictions. The PBR World Finals has moved from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the NFL Dallas Cowboys! The chaos and uncertainty of this year doesn’t seem to have affected the bovine athletes of the PBR. These amazing bucking bulls did not miss a beat as they returned to action, bucking and snorting their way towards the PBR Finals. As of this writing, D&H Cattle Company’s 43C Chiseled is currently in first place, with a world average bull score of
The bottom line is that
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championship, as he only has one recorded out, but he won the ABBI Tulsa Classic Championship with a score of 91.2 points.
46.06. There are then eight bulls with average scores within one point of Chiseled’s average. Second place is held by 2019 and reigning PBR World Champion bull, 001 Smooth Operator, owned by Chad Berger, with a world average score of 46.03. 501 Air Support, the son of the legendary Air Time, holds an honorary position in third place. This amazing bull, owned by Braun Bucking Bulls, was in first place back in April with a world bull score average of 45.75, when he suddenly passed away from a brain embolism. Currently residing in fourth place is 561C Hocus Pocus, another D&H Cattle Company championship contending bull. His world average bull score is 45.41. Fifth place is held by Hart Cattle Company’s I’m Legit Too, with an average world score of 45.34. Sixth place was just given to Halpain Bucking Bulls ABBI Classic Bull Dodge 6117 after he bucked off the current PBR number one World Champion contender, Jose Vitor Leme, in 2.16 seconds last Saturday in Tulsa at the PBR Express Ranches Classic at the BOK Center, for a bull score of 45.25. His world average bull score is 45.25. He will not be eligible to compete for the
Hart Cattle Company’s 44A Smooth Over sits in seventh place, with an average world score of 45.19. D&H Cattle Company’s three-time PBR World Champion Bull 32Y SweetPro’s Bruiser is in eighth, with an average world score of 44.88. Cord McCoy’s 442 Blue Crush moved into ninth place after he dispatched Cody Nance in 2.51 seconds during the championship round at the BOK Center in Tulsa last Smooth Operator Sunday, for a bull score of 46 points! Hart Cattle Company’s 08B Hostage is in tenth, with an average world score of 44.78 Slade Long of Probullstats.com commented, “Whichever bull is best in the Finals, and doesn’t make any mistakes, will win the championship. The top seven or so bulls all have a chance to win it. Many folks look at it like the bulls have two outs to score well in the Finals. I think they have two opportunities to screw up! If they have a foul or a re-ride, or score under 45 points, they are out of it! The Finals is the biggest part. Bad outs mean everything at the Finals.”
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bull score was 46.50! At last year’s Finals, Rubens Barbosa rode Chiseled for an amazing 95.75 ride score and his bull score was 47! It was the highest ranked ride score at the PBR World Finals, and the 4th highest bull score ever at the Finals.
I’m Legit Too
Slade went on to share, “I think Chiseled has the best chance to win it this year. He has consistently scored 45 or above all year. The edge he has is that he scores 45 or above even when he has been ridden to the buzzer. Smooth Operator is still in contention, but he had a bad out last weekend in Lincoln, where Brennan Eldred rode him for 86.50 points and his bull score was only 42.75. That won’t hurt his average now, but that kind of an out in the Finals would put him out of it. He’s an older bull and I am concerned that he may be losing steam at the wrong time.” Let’s take a look at the top five bulls contending for this year’s championship: #1- CHISELED- D&H Cattle Company/ Flinn 46.06 World bull score average. 71.43% Buck Off Percentage. Average Ride score of 91.72. 2019 ABBI Classic Champion. “Chiseled is in a good position right now,” explained owner HD Page of D&H Cattle Company. “But his timing has been a little off, and he’s been kicking the back of the chute with his hind legs when he jumps out. He’s a little sore there. We’re going to keep him out of the Tulsa event this weekend. There are so many variables going into the Finals. It’s anybody’s ball game.” Jose Vitor Leme rode Chiseled in Salt Lake City in August for a ride score of 94, and Chiseled’s
#2- SMOOTH OPERATORDakota Rodeo/ Chad Berger/ Julie Rosen/ Clay Struve 46.03 World bull score average. 92.04% Buck Off Percentage. Average Ride score of 90.22. Smooth Operator is the 2019 PBR Yeti
World Champion Bull and current reigning champion. Jose Vitor Leme rode Smooth Operator in Billings in September for a whopping 94.25 score. His bull score was 46.50! After Smooth Operator won the championship last year, owner, current reigning and nine-time PBR Stock Contractor of the Year Chad Berger told me that he planned to have Smooth Operator buck again this year. “My plan is to buck him next year,” Chad revealed last November. “He loves what he does, and I’m going to let him buck. But if he ever gets to where he’s not at 100%, I’ll pull him out.” I was unable to reach Chad for this article, but even though Smooth Operator had a sub-par out last week in Lincoln, he has had more rest than usual this year because of the pandemic. Justin Felisko, premier writer for the PBR, tweeted that Smooth Operator would not compete at Tulsa this past weekend.
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#3- HOCUS POCUS- D&H Cattle Company/ Barthold/ Kuhn/ Almand. 45.41 World bull score average. 87.1% Buck Off Percentage. Average Ride score of 90.31. 2018 ABBI Classic Champion. “Hocus Pocus has a big, blowing jump kick out of the chute,” owner HD Page shared. “But in Lincoln, he seemed to weaken at the end of the ride. I’m glad that happened after the buzzer! Almost every bull will come on strong right out of the chute. It’s not the first four seconds, but the last four seconds that make the difference. They have to finish strong. I think Hocus Pocus has a shot at the championship.” 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis rode Hocus Pocus in Lincoln for 92.25 points and the event win! Hocus Pocus had a bull score of 44.75. Leading the event at the PBR Express Ranches Classic at the BOK Center last Sunday, Cooper again chose Hocus Pocus for the championship round. Hocus Pocus ended his chance for a win by dumping Cooper in 2.33 seconds, and a bull score of 45.25 points. #4- I’M LEGIT TOO- Hart Cattle Company/ David Hale 45.34 World bull score average. 75.86% Buck Off Percentage. Average Ride score of 88.11. “I think it’s a coin toss between Chiseled and Smooth Operator for the championship this year,” JW Hart of Hart Cattle Company speculated. “Something out of the norm will have to happen for I’m Legit Too to win it this year. I really think that he will have a good shot at the championship next
year.” Boudreaux Campbell rode I’m Legit Too for 91.75 points in Lincoln. The bull score was 44.75. I’m Legit Too bucked off two-time PBR World Champion JB Mauney in 4.34 seconds at the PBR Express Ranches Classic at the BOK Center in Tulsa last Sunday, for a bull score of 45 points. #5- SMOOTH OVER- Hart Cattle Company/ GT Bucking Bulls 45.19 World bull score average. 80% Buck Off Percentage. Average Ride score of 85.98. “Smooth Over is as good as any of the top contenders,” JW Hart said. “He will have to draw just right at the Finals to have any kind of a chance. We will probably have four bulls in the top ten this year, and they should all have a good shot next year. The bulls that have the best shot will depend on the best riders drawn at the Finals.” Smooth Over dumped Taylor Toves in Lincoln in 1.46 seconds, for a bull score of 45.25. Smooth Over bested Andrew Alvidrez in Guthrie, Oklahoma last May in 4.34 seconds for a huge bull score of 47.50! So the fun continues as we cheer on our favorite bovine contenders and look towards the PBR World Finals in Arlington, Texas, November 12-15. JW Hart summed it up: “I hope all the bulls stay healthy and have a great Finals. May the best bull win!”
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Photos by Andy Watson / BullStock Media
By Barbara Pinnella
PREVIEW The pandemic has certainly resulted in a major change for the PBR World Finals. Originally slated to once again be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, ultimately had to be moved because of Covid-19 restrictions. The venue that would work the best ended up being the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, so that is where those finalists will take their gear. But one thing that has not changed is the exciting race itself, and this year finds many men vying for the opportunity to be crowned the 2020 World Champion. As of this writing, and with two events left before the Finals, Jose Vitor Leme is leading the world standings by 563.09 points over Joao Ricardo Vieira.
When he first set foot on U.S. soil in 2017, Leme was PBR’s Rookie of the Year. He followed that up by finishing second in the world in both 2018 and 2019. He holds the top score this season of 94.25 after riding the Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen/ Clay Struve/Chad Berger charge Smooth Operator in the 15/15 Bucking Battle in Billings, MT. Earlier in the year and paired with Chiseled, owned by Flynn/D&H Cattle Co., he posted a 94-point score. Make no mistake, Leme does not want to be a bridesmaid three years in a row! As previously mentioned, in that second place is fellow Brazilian Vieira. The veteran bull rider has been on a streak of his own, with three wins this season, along with other top placings. He has also been particularly strong in the 15/15 Battles this season. It is no secret that JRV has worked hard to get and stay in riding shape, and his efforts have paid off. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he is finally pretty healthy as well. JR. is ahead of third place Kaique Pacheco by 150.41 points. Pacheco moved up a
Jose Vitor Leme rides Chiseled for 94 points in Salt Lake City. Photo by Andy Watson / BullStock Media.
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Joao Ricardo Vieira starts 2020 off with a win in New York City. Photo by Andy Watson / BullStock Media.
slot with a solid performance in Tulsa, and despite winning his first Unleash The Beast event for 2020 back in mid-August at Bullnanza in Guthrie, OK, he has been very consistent all season. He has notched three second-place finishes as well as a third, and is ready to let loose in AT&T Stadium. But hot on his heels are Daylon Swearingen, Jess Lockwood, and Lucas Divino. The numbers are so very close, with third place Pacheco 713.50 from that top spot, with sixth place Divino 783.50 behind the leader. Can you say tight race?
Divino might be a surprise to some people not in the know, but if you follow bull riding, this is not a shock. Lucas has been
Kaique Pacheco rides Jack Shot to win his third Last Cowboy Standing title in Las Vegas . Photo by Andy Watson / BullStock Media.
The 2019 PBR Rookie of the Year, Swearingen has shown his consistency by winning two events this year, which includes a 15/15 Bucking Battle, and has several other good finishes.
Two-time World Champ Lockwood sits in fifth, despite being out from early March to the middle of September with a severely torn hamstring, an injury that could have been career-ending. But Jess would not take that for an answer, and is firing back on all cylinders. He was in a great position at the time of his injury, and with the Covid situation, that probably helped a bit as well. Make no mistake however, this young man knows how to win, and has every intention of doing just that. However, Lockwood recently suffered another setback when he injured his shoulder and will be sidleined through the remainder of the regular season. At this time, he is set to return in time for the PBR World Finals.
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Daylon Swearingen rides Rising Sun for 88.5 points in Tulsa, OK. Photo by Andy Watson / BullStock Media.
Steady Eddy all year with many top three placings, and is a very good bull rider. He is certainly capable of tipping the scales in his direction, so do not overlook him. Rounding out the top 10 are the 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis, Colten Jesse (who is nursing a very sore hip injury but planning on the Finals), Dener Barbosa, and Ezekiel Mitchell. You might be wondering about a few of our favorites. Threetime World Champion Silvano Alves has been in a huge slump and was outside of qualifying, but broke through in Tulsa, winning that event – his first victory since 2016! He now looks to be in a good spot, sitting in 25th place with two events to go before those Finals.
Finally, Ryan Dirteater is hoping to make it to the Finals, and his many fans are eager for that to happen as well, since he is retiring after this season. Ryan has qualified for the World Finals 11 times. He has given us a lot in his years on the tour, and we all would love to see this personable and likeable man riding in them this year and making it an even dozen.
As you know, J.B. missed the first half of the 2020 season, and is competing on an injury exemption. He has hit the board in his last two events, and won Round 2 in Tulsa with a big score of 90.50. He finished fourth overall, and moved up into the 30th spot. If he gets on a roll, look out.
If you can’t get to Texas, plan on watching this event. The PBR Finals never disappoint, and we are sure that this will be no exception. Great bulls, great bull riders – what more can any bull riding fan ask for?
Jess Lockwood Photo by Andy Watson / BullStock Media
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RESULTS 2020 TBBA Finals Springtown, Texas October 10, 2020
YEARLING BULLS Owner Bull Score 1. Big Guns Bucking Bulls / 905 44.00 Wall Street Cattle Co. 2. Southern Cross Bucking Bulls 949 43.75 Greg & Brenda Stevens 3. Dieckman Cattle / GDY70 43.00 Guidry Land and Cattle 3. Sharp & Green 901 43.00 5. Dieckman Cattle / GDY60 42.50 Guidry Land and Cattle 6. Sharp & Green 903 42.25 7. Shannon Strange 9-29 42.00 FUTURITY BULLS Owner Bull Score 1. B.A.D. Sons Bucking Bulls/ 568 45.25 Mike Massey 2. Stoney Hairmann & Jeff 843 45.00 3. Virgil Partin 0218 44.50 4. Outlaw Bucking Bulls 845 44.00 4. BS Cattle Co / BMC 834 44.00 Joe & Nina Webb 6. Dombreck / Grimes / 1813 43.25 Starnes Cattle 6. 2H Bucking Bulls / 475 43.25 Rocking M&M
WOMEN’S FUTURITY Owner Bull Score 1. Storie Sharp 825 42.75 2. Wall Street Cattle 815 42.50 3. Storie Sharp / 809 42.25 Jennifer Green DERBY BULLS Owner Bull Score 1. Jason Reneau / 727 44.50 Bullseye Cattle Co. 2. Wall Steet Cattle / 74 43.25 Big Guns Bucking Bulls TEXAS 85 Owner Bull Score 1. Stoney Harmann / Drew 801 84.50 1. Southern Cross Bucking Bulls 10 84.50 Greg & Brenda Stevens 1. Southern Cross Bucking Bulls P8 84.50 Greg & Brenda Stevens 1. Southern Cross Bucking Bulls 118 84.50 Greg & Brenda Stevens 5. Lidgard / Beers 877 84.00 5. Southern Cross Bucking Bulls 8122 84.00 Greg & Brenda Stevens
YOUTH FUTURITY Owner Bull Score 1. Big Guns Bucking Bulls / 835 32.50 Wall Street Cattle Co. / Cage & Dobbs
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Western Wanderings cowboy coffee Real early in the morning When the stars still hang around Strong and black hot coffee Is a comfort to be found
To make good coffee is a skill Most trail cooks have it learned A skill passed down from kin to kin A good coffee rep is earned
When you crawl out of your bedroll You know you’ll soon wake up Cause that pot of coffee’s hanging there Just get up and grab your cup
Now great brewed cowboy coffee Is strong, thick, black and hot You use a horseshoe to test it By dropping it in the pot
You drink it when you rise up And ‘fore you bed down at night You drink it with your beef and beans It unkinks your rope knots just right
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Wrap a wild rag round your hand And pour yourself a cup Sit back and enjoy the aroma Then drink your brew right up
By Kelly B. Robbins
Bullfighters getting the job done at the 2020 Bucking Crazy in Cleburne, Texas. Photo by Phillip Kitts / Avid Visual Imagery