The 2019 Futurity season kicked off this past weekend with some of Australia’s best up and coming bucking bulls battling it out at events in Tamworth and Calliope.
2019 ABBI Australia Lazy G Futurity
The Lazy G Futurity kicked off the 2019 ABBI Australia season on Friday at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre in Tamworth.
Five ABBI Australia classes were contested, and all proceeds from the Lazy G Futurity were donated to Where There’s A Will. Where There’s A Will is a foundation that brings colour to young people in the Upper Hunter and helps them build skills and resilience for life.
The Lazy G Yearling competition ended in a tie with #711 owned by Mick and Claire Shultz and #-12 owned by Scott Maynes splitting the win. The judges awarded both yearlings 81.5 points for
Ken McLean’s #11-11 Partner’s In Crime filled the final spot on the podium.
The Lazy G Futurity Champion was TnR Bucking Bulls’ #610 Honey Badger. His score of 79.5 points was enough to hold off Mick and Kristy Murphy’s 2018 ABBI Australia Yearling Season Champion #27 Pirate Patch, who finished close behind in second place.
TnR Bucking Bulls receiving the Lazy G Futurity Champions buckle. Photo Courtesy of ABBI Australia.
Third place was filled by JD Bucking Bulls’ #561 Donkey Kong.
#610 Honey Badger also took out the Lazy G Limited Futurity for TnR Bucking Bulls.
Nicki Kasper’s #59 Pure Western’s Happy Thoughts took out the Lazy G Ladies division with the son of Villain marked 81.5 points.
Second place was split two-ways with #50 Sneaky Freaky owned by Heidi Yates and #6211 owned by Alese Russell sharing the spoils.
2018 ABBI Australia Ladies Season Champion #415 Twisted X Disturbia kicked off his three-year-old campaign with an 84-point trip for Nicki and Kevin Kasper to take out the Lazy G Derby.
#415 Twisted X Disturbia on his way to being crowned Lazy G Derby Champion.
Photo by A Roberts Media/Supplied by Kasper Bucking Bulls.
Disturbia’s pen-mate #-23 Twisted X Search Warrant finished second for Nicki and Kevin Kasper with the Scott Maynes owned #X11 splitting third with #5 owned by Matthew Doak.
2019 Neil’s Parts Australia Day Futurity
The inaugural Neil’s Parts Australia Day Futurity was held on Saturday at the Calliope Rodeo Grounds in conjunction with the Bulls Boots & BBQs event.
The first-ever Junior Futurity to be held in Australia was one of three classes contested on the day.
The Futurity event was taken out by Wallace Bucking Bulls’ #630. Peter and Jaz’s son of Supernatural was marked an event-high 85-points by the judges.
Blueberry Wine, owned by Anthony Everingham finished runner-up with an 84 point trip, and Troy Hill took home third place with #TH610 finishing close up on 83 points.
In the Yearling division, BK Bucking Bulls took home the win after #727 put up 75 points. The son of Rock Me Gently held off a trio of bulls who were all marked 74-points.
Wallace Bucking Bulls #777 in the Yearling competition at Calliope. Photo Courtesy of ASHJO Photography.
Anthony Everingham split second thru fourth with a pair of Wallace Bucking Bulls’ youngsters. The Everingham bull was a yearling sired by a Brandenburg Bred Bull while the Wallace Bucking Bull’s duo consisted of #777, by Iron Jacket, and #412, by I’m a Gangster.
Finn Christensen had the honour of taking out the Junior Futurity with his bull ‘Cuddles’ marked 67 points.
Taj Everingham’s bull took home second with a score of 66 points. Lewis
The Junior Futurity Entrants. Photo Courtesy of ASHJO Photography.
All Photos from the Australia Day Futurity event are courtesy of ASHJO Photography. Visit Jody on Facebook for loads more photos from the event!
The next ABBI Australia event will be the Sapphire Coast Futurity in Inverell on the 6th of April 2019.
The Calliope Rodeo Committee has also confirmed that a second Futurity event will be contested in September. This event will be held in conjunction with the annual Calliope Rodeo.