PUEBLO, Colo. (November 14, 2017) – American Bucking Bull, Inc. (ABBI) paid out $1.2 million at their 2017 World Finals in Las Vegas this month. Stock contractors and bucking bull breeders across the US, Canada and Australia took home the prize money and valuable awards which included Big Tex trailers, gold buckles and custom bronze sculptures.
“We had some extremely close races this year and the quality of the bulls was outstanding,” said ABBI Executive Director Jay Daugherty. “We congratulate the Las Vegas winners and thank everyone who actively participated in our exciting title races throughout the season.”
The ABBI Classic division was in conjunction with the 2017 PBR World Finals at T-Mobile Arena, where the bucking bull athletes faced the top bull riders in the world. After two intense rounds of competition, 20A High Test (Tommy Julian/D&H Cattle Co) was crowned the 2017 ABBI Classic Champion, resulting in a $200,000 payday. 397A Frequent Flyer (Erwin/D&H Cattle) and 444 Big Black (Robison/Haworth) split 2nd and 3rd, winning $55,000 each.
Five bulls from the Wild Card Classic, held earlier in the week at South Point Arena, qualified for the lucrative ABBI Classic Finals at T-Mobile Arena. During his first out, 28A Smooth Wreck (Owens/Teller) defeated top PBR rider Derek Kolbaba, and advanced to the Classic Finals round in the number one Wild Card spot, earning $7,900 . 444 Big Black (Robison/Haworth) advanced in the second place position and pulled a $4,540 check. 511 T Stretch (Barker Bulls/Flying S Bucking Bulls) finished out the top three with a $3,400 victory.
The ABBI Lifetime Derby competition was coupled with the PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Finals at South Point Arena. 423 War Cloud (Tom & Peggy Peterson) had a stellar 90 point performance, winning him top honors and $53,000. Splitting 2nd and 3rd was 202 Capone (Martinez Bucking Bulls) and B433 Night Sweats (Plummer/Hart Cattle Co.), earning $29,500 apiece.
Defeating his opponents by nearly four points, 4C Audacious (444 Bucking Bulls/D&H Cattle) shined in the Futurity division, claiming the title and over $32,000. Reserve Champion was Ellis 514 (Long Ranch) with $12,700 in earnings, and 86/C Marty (Tomlin/Allen/Millis/The Jaynes Gang) rounded out the top three with an $8,400 payday.
In the Lifetime Yearling race, only one point separated 1st from 3rd, but it was Isaiah 40:31 (Toby Floyd) who came out on top with a $58,000 prize. 660 Final Masquerade (McCoy/Burks/Keller) took home $43,000 and notched the second place position. 625 Got It Handled (D&H Cattle/Lone Star) took third with $33,000 in total earnings.
ABBI also recognized the Regular Season Champion bucking bulls, who competed in ABBI stand-alone and sanctioned events throughout the year. The 2017 Regular Season Champions were: Classic Champion: 20A High Test (Julian/D&H); Futurity Champion: The Cartel (Cattle Empire Inc.); Derby Champion: Jokers Wild (01 Cattle/Hart/Shroeder); Yearling Champion: Seeing Red (Dave Hamilton/Josh Frihauf) and Ladies Champion: AP's Turn (Angie Patterson).
"We are honored we can recognize our members who competed hard all season long and had the animals who proved they have what it takes to go all the way," said Daugherty. "Thanks to our sponsors, in addition to ABBI bonuses, we are able to award these contractors with great prizes in recognition of their animal's accomplishments."
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About American Bucking Bull, Inc.
ABBI is based in Pueblo, Colo., and a sister company to Professional Bull Rider, Inc. (PBR). With over 200,000 animals currently in its database, it is the world’s largest bucking stock DNA registry and the industry’s leading bucking bull event producer. In addition to preserving the genetics of animal athletes, ABBI holds stand-alone and sanctioned events where the bulls are judged on their own merits (regardless of how the cowboy atop of them performs). Bulls competing in ABBI events can earn as much as $500,000 between their 2 and 4-year-old years alone.
Past ABBI Champions include the infamous Bushwacker, Black Pearl, Sweet Pro’s Bruiser and Shepherd Hills Tested.