The PBR Built Ford Tough Series is two months into the new season, and it’s been an exciting one so far. The great riders and bulls are already starting to set themselves apart from the rest of the pack, and the same can be said for the ABBI Classic bulls. There have only been two major events for the three and four-year old animal athletes, but several of the young bulls have already made an impact.
The ABBI will host a number of Classic events throughout the rest of the season, and the top bulls will earn their way to the PBR World Finals in October with hopes of winning big money. The two events already completed include the New Year’s Eve PBR Cowtown Classic and the Oklahoma City PBR BFTS Classic. I’ve put together a list of five young bulls that have really impressed me so far this season. There are still quite a few more events in 2011, but these bulls will surely continue to make their mark. If you have anything to add, please comment below or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
V-5- Henry Wilson/Marty Foutch
V-5 hasn’t won a Classic event yet in 2011, but he has definitely been the most consistent so far. He started the season by splitting third and fourth in Fort Worth at the Cowtown Classic, and he followed that up with a runner-up finish in Oklahoma City a couple weeks ago. He scored 88.5 points in Fort Worth, and he racked up 90.5 points in OKC after bucking off J.B. Mauney. V-5 has a ton of potential, and he could very well find himself in some Championship Rounds as the year progresses.
Bad Blake- Lightning C Cattle Company
Bad Blake actually made his mark late last season at the 2010 ABBI Classic Finals in Las Vegas. He had two great trips at the 2010 PBR World Finals and split second and third. He had a lot of expectations coming into 2011, and he hasn’t disappointed so far. He tied for 14th at the Cowtown Classic on New Year’s Eve, but he bounced back by winning Oklahoma City and over $10,000 a couple weeks ago. He was definitely the best bull out, and he deserved the win. In fact, only Bushwacker was marked higher than Bad Blake in OKC. He is going to be one of the definite favorites all year.
Train Wreck- D&H Cattle Company/Enlow & Gilberts
Train Wreck is one of the many up-and-comers for D&H Cattle Company, and he has started the 2011 Classic season very consistently. He finished second in Fort Worth, and he followed that with a seventh-place finish in Oklahoma City. No disrespect to Blackwidow, but I thought Train Wreck should have won the Cowtown Classic on New Year’s Eve. Nonetheless, this bull has looked great so far this year, and you can bet he will continue to make his mark as the season progresses. He is going to win a lot of money in 2011!
Blackwidow- Lufkin Ranch and Rodeo
I mentioned above that Blackwidow won the Cowtown Classic to start the new ABBI Classic season. I thought Train Wreck was a little better, but that doesn’t take anything away from how rank this bull was. He was extremely impressive, and the win was a great way to start the year for Lufkin Ranch and Rodeo. Blackwidow is the only bull on this list that didn’t buck in Oklahoma City two weeks ago, but his victory in Fort Worth is more than enough to get him a spot on the list. So far, he is undefeated in 2011. I’m excited to see how he performs the next time he bucks in competition.
Pure Smoke- Cody Ohl/Ken & Tex Beshears
Pure Smoke has been destined for stardom for a couple years. He won the Futurity Finals in 2009, and he qualified for last year’s ABBI Classic Finals after a great trip in the Wild Card and finished sixth in Las Vegas. He has seemingly been around forever, but he is only a four-year old this season. He started the new year slowly by finishing just outside the top 25 at the Cowtown Classic, but he stepped up in Okahoma City and finished fifth. Pure Smoke was also one of the best bulls out at the Iron Cowboy Invitational last weekend, and his future is extremely bright. He will probably continue to get even better as the season progresses.
Five More to Keep An Eye On: Hustlin, Back Bender, Hurts So Good, Studly, Alternator.