By Cindy L. Rosser
They say behind every man is a good woman supporting him. Well I do believe that, and it’s the same in the sport of rodeo and raising bucking stock. The bulls and the broncs get applauded, but it’s the female that gives the superstar animal athlete 60% to 70% of its greatest abilities. Pick up any Racehorse Sale Catalog and what is listed first on the page of the Sale Horse?
The female pedigree is the first thing that is listed, what she has produced, what her accomplishments are, and at the bottom is the Sire. This has been proven on the thoroughbred by collecting and analyzing many years of data in regards to great running and producing females. These days, many breeders buck their heifers at a young age before breeding them to their bull.
This will give you an idea of what you have, but lineage on the female side is most likely your best information.We all got our start with grade cows, FI cross cows, and just mean high-headed big horned girls. Through the process of DNA, started by Bob Tallman in 1996 called the RSR (Rodeo Stock Registry), we are able to prove this cow produced this calf and this bull produced this bucking bull son of a gun. Over ten years ago The Professional Bull Riders Inc. (PBR), purchased the RSR from Bob, leading to what is known today as the American Bucking Bull Inc.
The registry is set-up to record and preserve the pedigrees of the world’s premier American Bucking Bull Breed. This registry allows these animals to retain value and proof of progeny through a bucking bull lineage. At one time a bull skeleton was even dug up at a burial site in order to recover a piece of bone to prove that the great bulls calves’ were his through the DNA process of the ABBI. This shows you just how important proof of pedigree is in this day of age.
In the Bucking Bull industry, producing females are at demanding good prices. Such as SJR 49 World Champion, bred by Steve and Julie Ravenscoft, (ABBI Classic World Champion Black Pearls dam) in 2011 sold for a record of $ 100,000. She also produced great bulls such as: Time Bandit, Pearl Jam, Buck Tail Jig and Alabama Jig. This year a number U50 Cactus Flower sold for the large amount of $ 91,000. She produced Inferno who is an ABBI Futurity Champion (winner of over $ 110,000), Nightmare, Cross Fire, and AMS 40B. All of these bulls are all money earners, and the oldest bull is out of Cactus Flower and is only four years old.
It is interesting that some cows produce futurity calves while others produce bulls with longevity in the PBR (Pro Bull Riding), PRCA (Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association), CBR (Champion Bull Riding), and the many rodeo and bucking bull events in and across North America. Lady Rocker, Bred by Neal Gay, produced a handful of long time backers that have also sired some great bulls. CP number 1 Kung Foo, an original Charlie Plummer cow, produced such greats as Rooster, Panhandle Slim, Superstition, and Automatic. These history-making bulls are just a few that have gone on to sire 100s of great animal athletes.
MS number 0, who was by Big Bend and bred by Monty Sanford, gave us such greats as: Night Life, Wild Life, Life of the Party, Life Sentence, Ground Zero, and 25 to Life. One of leading producing cows at this time through the process of embryo transfer is Mossy Oak Mudslinger. The Page Family has been producing great bucking bulls for many years. History shows that their bloodlines make champion bulls which they have raised.
The Mr. Juicy cow TBB K319, bred by Don and Janelle Kish out of a Wolfman daughter, is producing many great buckers at this time and I am fortunate to own buck Big Naughty, who is a son of this super producing female. The Bucking Bull Breeding business started because of rodeo. The Benny Butler cow number 13 is a grade cow, however she has produced many buckers in the PRCA ranks.
The Multi Embryo Producing cow, McClure number 68, born in 1987, could produce embryos in the teens to over twenty embryos, graded number one in a single flush. This ole black cow’s first
calf number 94, a female, was bucked at the Junior rodeos many times and was an outstanding bucker. It was then decided by Gary McClure to breed her mother number 68, who was then flushed to the multi producing Champion Bull Whitewater Skoalm, and then to PBR World Champion Bucking Bull “Little Yellow Jacket.” Flushmates from number 68 an Whitewater were: Far North, Northern Chill, Northstar, Due North, North Wind, North Pole, along with others bucking in the Columbia River Circuit Rodeos, Bull Ridings these past years, along with several trips to the NFR and PBR Finals.
The star of flush number 34 North Star had 123-recorded outs and an average score of 21.88. This just goes to show you what one ole cow can produce, and I have been told there are more embryos from her still frozen in storage for further use. Ole McClure number 68 will live on for years to come.
Many time World Champion, “ Bushwackers” Dam number 13, was bred by David Fournier with no re- corded dam for her. She has produced Bushwacker, only from a live cover to Reindeer, but due to female problems that she was born with, it was decided to do In Vitro Fertilization on her to produce more calves from this Champion producing cow.
She now has produced full brothers and sisters to Bushwacker through this process who were born this year. Next year through past IVF, the mattings of Troubadour and Whitewater calves will be born to the credit of number 13. Technology has given cows like number 13 the opportunity to produce when they no longer can through live cover or embryo transfer.
A few of the Leading American Buck- ing Bull Sires of Producing Females are: Skat Kat, Mossy Oak Mudslinger, Whitewater, Mr. Juicy, Oscar Velvet, Super Dave, Houdini, Lyons King, Wolfman, Tyrell, Bodacious, Hotel California, Typhoon, Diamonds Ghost, and A6. My late son Mikel J Moreno, studied bloodlines at an early age and encouraged his dad to incorporate some producing bloodlines into our herd.
Thanks to Mikel’s wisdom, some super producing cows by Durango, Baby Brother, Skat Kat, Diamond Cat, Gunslinger, Houdini and Diamonds Ghost (the grand dad to “Bushwacker”), may have never existed if it weren’t for Mikel’s research.
I cannot finish this story without talking about bucking horse mares. I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to watch some of the greatest bucking horse mares in the west buck at places such as Reno, Red Bluff, and Salinas. These great ladies are Angel Blue, Spring Fling, Madonna, Dreamboat Annie, Skoal Salley, Diamond Lil, Moulin Rouge, Heavens to Betsey, Manzanita Moonshine, Hot Toddy, and Floodwaters.
I have to say my favorite mare of all times is Skoal Salley, the cranky little kicking ole girl. She bucked at the NFR 9 times, in the BB and SB, voted NFR horse of the finals in 1996 and 1997. She was bred to Cinnabar (Flying 5), producing a bucking stud colt named Cinnabar Sal, who also produced a handful of colts for the NFR before his untimely death. Salley’s colts bucked too darn hard, leading to 3 being injured in competition.
There are now three mares in the breeding herd by Salley. All sired by different studs and those girls bucked. Two of the studs were by my barrel horse Sires and one a Peppy San Badger son. It goes to prove that Salley was bred to four different studs and every one of the colts out of her bucked.
I tried the process of embryo transfers on her, but was unsuccessful due to the fact that frozen horse semen is much more delicate than bull semen. So now I am looking to a granddaughter of Salley’s to flush and produce future bucking horse stars. So if you want to start a breeding program, start with good females and you will be ahead of the game. Like I said it’s all about the ladies!