Champion bloodline bucker debuts at Longhorn
A son of the champion bucking bull Blueberry Wine made his debut at the Texas Longhorn for the third session of the Longhorn Bull Bash. Heavier and darker than his sire, this young bull showed what a great bull can do in the arena.
The first ride of the third session of the Longhorn Bull Bash set the theme for the night. Steven Campbell drew bull number 04 for his ride. Out of the chute, came 04, with a right turn and went into a spin followed by a few bucks then more spins. Campbell managed to keep his seat, stay erect and stay with 04 for every move. After the eight second buzzer and the judges adding their scores, he earned 84 points. Campbell’s ride set the bar high for the night.
When the first ride is a high score, the other contenders have to push themselves to the limit. They also hope the bulls they draw will be good buckers and spinners. Bulls are scored on the way they perform. Riders are scored on how well they ride and solve problems that bulls throw their way.
One problem throwing bull, Friday night, was waiting in the back pens for his turn in the chute. The son of Blueberry Wine would be number 13 in line.
Blueberry Wine was one of the best bulls in the history of Professional Bull Riders, also the smallest. Blueberry Wine seldom weighed over 1350 pounds. He was a lightweight in the pens of PBR bulls that often weighed in the 1600 to 1800 pound range.
Blueberry Wine’s son only had a number this night, 123. Before 123 made his debut, the only other covered ride was Josh Durant, coming out in the number 9 position. Durant drew bull number 5. After coming out of the chute his bull gave some hard, high bucks. Durant was clearly giving his best effort to stay aboard. He managed to counter every one of the bull’s moves by hanging hard and fighting to keep his position. Durant was awarded 68 points by judges Chad Babin and Landis Hooks. He was in second place, but there were 10 more riders to come.
Dillon Delaney and Tim Faul were in slots nine and 10 respectively. Both riders were put in the dirt in short order by their bulls.
Kolby Jones, looked like he had a chance, but his grip loosened. He slid off, nearly under his bull.
“The next rider is Michell Tanner. His bull is the son of the great PBR bull, Blueberry Wine, this is a young bull that looks a lot like his daddy and is going to give his rider a hard time,” said Coleman Peveto, as he announced the ride.
As the gate opened, 123 moved out to the right and then turned back to his left, toward the corner of the arena. He turned back right, spun and bucked, then spun hard to his right. The move caused Tanner to slide to the left and off 123’s back. Bullfighters moved in to rescue Tanner, who was hanging.
Watching 123 move was like watching a professional athlete, showing power and confidence. He gave the impression of a bull with a higher level of experience. This will be a bull to watch throughout his career. There is a possibility he will progress through the levels of PBR competition all the way to the “Bud Cups,” the highest levels of PBR.
Breeders of bucking bulls pay as much attention to the bloodlines of bulls as do breeders of champion racehorses. In matching the sires and dams of the lineage of bulls they produce the champions of the sport. This has been proven with the young bull 123.
Shane Young has a reputation in the sport for providing good to great bulls. Bringing 123 to the Longhorn was an example of that.
For the fans in attendance, it was a rare opportunity to see a bull with a great future.
Tanner did a superb job in his attempt to hang with 123, but the bull was just too much. To his credit, Tanner managed to stay aboard for six seconds. He is a rider to watch in this series, at the Longhorn.
After so many riders went scoreless, the final four riders scored as follows: Chris Coody-75, Dalton Votage-72, Tyler Breaux-68 and Rusty Musgrove-86. After each score, the money-winning places changed. When the rides were over Musgrove was in first with a win of $404, followed by Campbell, $302, Coody, $202, and Votage in the fourth and final paying place with $101.
Durant who had held second place for most of the night finished in a tie for fifth place with Tyler Breaux, out of the money.
“Boar Hog is doing good, after being hit by several bulls he has recovered. Tonight we had an easy night. He did not have to pull any out of the arena,” said Chipper Nance about his horse Boar Hog.
“There were a lot of changes in the leadership of the series tonight. The fans need to keep coming back. You never know what will happen at a bull riding. Shane might have another great bull lined up to bring at the next session. We have $250 added money each session and another custom Broken Arrow buckle for the series champion,” said Peveto.