Bikes & Bulls from Balzac to Downtown

CALGARY, Alberta — Thursday’s Seventh Annual Friend Futurity and the Second Airdrie Oilmen’s Association (AOA) Bikes & Bulls Derby Auction proved to be another tremendous success together.

The day’s festivities began in the morning with an AOA Trade Show at the Girletz Rodeo Ranch. 39 bucking bulls showed up throughout the show to the arena west of Balzac. All came for their shot at the $3,300 top prize and the new Jensen Silver trophy buckle.

The biggest winner of the afternoon proved to be Ken McGinnis of KS Livestock with his bulls, 352 and 307 picking up both first and third place. McGinnis proudly strapped on the buckle shortly after and took home $5,400 in earnings for his two bulls.

Russell Friend presents Ken McGinnis with the championship Jensen Silver trophy buckle at the Seventh Annual Friend Futurity on May 14th, 2015.

Russell Friend presents Ken McGinnis with the championship Jensen Silver trophy buckle at the Seventh Annual Friend Futurity on May 14th, 2015. Photo by Jenn Friend.

Back to the futurity, 390 from the Wild Hoggs picked up the second place $2,600 envelope for a score of 84.5. Rafter G Cattle Co’s 32 checked in at 83 points to earn Nate Gardner a decent $1,600. Shay Marks and the McBride Cattle Company split fifth with their bulls, number 8 and number 32 respectively for $775 each.

From there everyone jumped on the bus and headed downtown to Ceili’s on 8th Ave for the AOA Bike’s & Bulls Derby Auction.

With the naming rights of 28 bulls for sale, this auction sale turned some heads downtown. Before any bids started flying though, Chad Pighin gave last year’s Grudge Match contestants their buckles.

When that first bull was sold, lot one from the Flying High Rodeo Co. went as the highest of the sale at $5,750. In all things averaged out to $1,794 per bull to a total of $50,250.

This year’s Bull Derby takes place in conjunction with the Bull Riders Canada event on Friday, August 21st at the Airdrie Rodeo Grounds.  A second BRC takes place on Saturday evening also featuring $4,000 in prize money for the bull riders.

Watch the afternoon’s Friend Futurity Highlights in the playlist below.

 

Official results from the at the Seventh annual Friend Futurity at the Girletz Rodeo Ranch in Balzac, AB on May 14th, 2015. 

Two year-old Futurity: 1. KS Livestock’s 352, 86.125 points, $3,300; 2. Wild Hoggs’ 390, 84.5, $2,600; 3. KS Livestock’s 307, 83.5, $2,100; 4. Rafter G Cattle Co’s 32, 83, $1,600; 5. (tie) Shay Marks’ 8 and McBride Cattle Co’s 32, 82.125, $775 each.

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