Bucking bull futurity in Fort Worth

It's been a staple of the race horse and show horse industry for decades and now it has come to the bull riding industry. What we're referring to is a futurity, a contest featuring young livestock. In the horse world, the animals are either 2-year-olds race horses, or 3-year-old cutting, reining, halter or pleasure ...It's been a staple of the race horse and show horse industry for decades and now it has come to the bull riding industry. What we're referring to is a futurity, a contest featuring young livestock. In the horse world, the animals are either 2-year-olds race horses, or 3-year-old cutting, reining, halter or pleasure ...

Story originally posted by: John Brasseaux

It’s been a staple of the race horse and show horse industry for decades and now it has come to the bull riding industry.

What we’re referring to is a futurity, a contest featuring young livestock. In the horse world, the animals are either 2-year-olds race horses, or 3-year-old cutting, reining, halter or pleasure horses.

In the bucking bull industry, the animals are 4 and younger. They were bucked out at a Professional Bull Riders touring pro event June 7 and 8 in Fort Worth, Texas. The 45 bulls were bucked out both nights, with a different set of riders getting on their backs both nights.

For the most part, the bulls were making their competitive debuts. Being young, the bulls didn’t stand still in the chutes like an older bull would nor did some have a set bucking pattern. But, what they lacked in seasoning, they made up for in heart. They bucked off the majority of their riders.

Like an equine futurity, the bulls were judged on their performance, even though most of the time the rider didn’t make the 8-second buzzer. It goes against conventional practice, but it seemed to work. If nothing else, it showed how advanced the bucking bull breeding industry has become.

The winner? A bull called Sling Blade, owned by the Harrington Cattle Co. Not surprisingly, the bull was a veteran of PBR Bud Lite Cup competition last year, so he had a year of competition going for him. Harrington won $25,000 for having the winning bull.

With some of the top bulls in the industry selling for six-figure prices, the popularity of bucking bull futurities will continue to grow. Nearly 30 stock contractors entered stock in this contest. When the season closes out in Fort Worth in November, expect more to be had, with ever increasingly better bulls. After all, this is the farm system where the next generation of PBR bulls will come from.

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