While most of the focus this past weekend was on the PBR events being held in North America, the future of Australia’s Bucking Bull industry was on show at two events here on home soil.
Let’s take a look at the who shone brightest in Tamworth and Calliope.
2020 ABBI Australia Lazy G Futurity
The annual ABBI Australia Lazy G Futurity went down at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre in Tamworth on Sunday morning.
Five ABBI Australia classes were contested on the day, and a total of $950 was raised for Where There’s A Will, who brings colour to young people in the Upper Hunter region and helps them build skills and resilience for life.
Mick Gray would like to thank the generous sponsors of the Lazy G Futurity. Sycolah Fabrications Scone, Ross Contracting Tamworth, MSG Locating Tamworth, Dan Murphy, the Quirindi Rodeo Committee, PBR Australia and the ABCRA.
Lazy G Yearling
#714 took home the top prize in the Yearling Division for Cliff Richardson with an 81 point trip in the AELEC dirt. #714 is a son of the Richardson-bred Lost Signal and is out of a Farley-bred Tuff All Over cow.
Finishing second in the division was 2019 SweetPro Australia Heritage runner-up, Ambush from Troy and Holly Keliher.
Lazy G Futurity
Gas Monkey claimed the win in the two-year-old division for the Dittmann Bucking Bulls and Troy and Holly Keliher partnership. The son of Ride The Lightning produced the highest score of the weekend, with 86.5 points awarded. Gas Monkey is out of a Hillbilly Deluxe cow.
Lazy G Limited Futurity
Bad Medicine took home the win in the Limited Futurity for Nathan Priestly.
Lazy G Ladies
Backing up his Ladies Division win in Rockhampton on New Year’s Eve with a Tamworth victory was Hysteria, owned by Holly Keliher with an 83.5 point out. Hysteria is by Kudu Child and is out of a Hillbilly Deluxe cow.
Bam Bam secured a runner up finish for Kristy Murphy and Running Gold Bucking Bulls.
Lazy G Derby
Following his 2019 success in the two-year-old class, Pirate Patch made the jump into the derby competition and scored a win for Running Gold Bucking Bulls with 83.5 points. Pirate Patch is a son of Cremation Witch and is out of a Hot and Dandy cow.
Donkey Kong finished runner-up in the division for JD Bucking Bulls.
For full results and for information on future events, head to the ABBI Australia Facebook Page.
2020 Neil’s Parts Australia Day Futurity
The second running of the Neil’s Parts Australia Day Futurity was held on Saturday afternoon in steamy conditions at the Calliope Rodeo Grounds.
Two classes were run under the Bucking Bulls Australia banner, and it was held in conjunction with the Calliope Rodeo Committee’s Bulls, Boots and BBQ event.
Scott Fry would like to thank all the sponsors that made his Australia Day Futurity event possible. Neil’s Parts, Tranzquip Freight and Material Handling, Branguston Calliope, Turn N Burn Quarter Horses, Limestone Clothing Calliope, JG Bucking Dummies, Stay On Track Gladstone and THG Tires Gladstone.
An 83 point trip by #824 from Wallace Bucking Bulls clinched the win in the Yearling division and kicked off a great day for the family of Little Yellow Jacket. #824 is a son of Super Natural and is out of W24, who is a Hillbilly Deluxe cow.
Taking home second money was a yearling son of Destination Unknown from Kickin T Bucking Bulls who posted 81 points.
In the hotly contested two-year-old division, it was #877 from Wallace Bucking Bulls who took home the top prize. The son of Super Natural posted the highest score of the event, with 84 points awarded by the judges. #877 is out of W177, a Freckles Brown cow.
#820 completed the one-two for Wallace Bucking Bulls and Super Natural with a runner-up finish thanks to his 82 point trip.
Jasmine Wallace took home the BBA Ladies Incentive buckle.
You can view videos of the placegetters on the Neil’s Parts Australia Day Futurity page, plus a heap of photos from the event on the ASHJO Photography Facebook Page!