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Judging Bull Riding

Judging Bull Riding

   Serious injury occurs more often in this event than in any other sport. The loose-hided animals add injury by trying to gore or trample a fallen rider. They are most dangerous in the chute where their leaning weight can easily break a rider's legs.

   Woven with a single handhold, a flat-braided length of Manila rope about an inch-and-a-quarter in width is used noose fashion around the bull, set just behind the animal's shoulders. A weighted bell is attached to the rope, which allows it to fall free when the ride is completed. Tightly strapped spurs and a riding glove complete the necessary gear. Chaps are optional.

   Spinning bulls are considered more dangerous to ride than those that buck straight. There is more danger of being trampled or butted if a rider falls to the inside -"in the well "- of the whirling animal. A rider dismounts on his own, and relies on the bull-baiting "clown " to keep the animal's attention while he gets out of range.

   The contest is judged basically the same as the bronc riding events, with the bull being given 1 to 25 points and the rider given 1 to 25 points each by two judges. A score of 100 would be a perfect ride.

   Marking stock and rider as a single entity, the most common judging error, is often found in bull riding because many judges assume that it takes a good rider to ride a good bull. This practice is in violation of the rules pertaining to marking stock and rider separately. Any time a judge marks a rider 21 or more for his ride, the rider must be spurring his bull.

   There are four main categories in evaluating bull riders.

Poor:             1 - 12
Fair:              13 - 15
Good:            16 - 20
Excellent:      21 - 25

  Within the categories point values are assigned on the basis of form, seat, and the origination and execution of spurring motion.

Rider's Score Characteristics
  1 - 5

 Lack of form, seat, control throughout the ride.
  6 - 7  Lack of form, seat, control for part of the ride.
  8 - 12  Form, seat, control for 3/4 of the ride.

  13 - 15

 Lack of any one factor (form, seat, or control).
  16 - 18  Lack of any one factor (form, seat, or control) for  part of the ride.

  19 - 20

 Maintenance of form, seat, and control  throughout the ride.
  21 - 23

 Maintenance of form, seat, and control  throughout the ride.

Addressed to Various Animal Rights Activist Groups

    As you may know I am the livestock contractor and producer for many rodeos and bullridings. It is my understanding that you folks may be considering organized opposition to my shows by various means. I realize that it is difficult for either you or I to approach these matters in a dispassionate fashion. In that regard, we welcome any objective, informed and responsible view of our activities.

    On the other hand, we will not tolerate the type of inaccurate, blatantly uninformed, or ignorant false statements that properly characterize the publicity, which is sometimes generated in these situations. We will not condone any mass interference with the scheduling of our shows, and we shall seek injunctive relief and/or money damages from any individual or organization, which intentionally interfere with our lawful business.





Dave Martin's
Bucking Bull Hall of Fame

Speedy#119 Double H Speedy Gonzales - Weighting only 1025 lbs., a Coffee Ranch Mexican crossbred, Speedy terrorized APRA bull riders. If you could ride him, you still had to get away from him. Many times Speedy would flatten the bull rider, bull fighters, judges, and the gateman before he left the arena.

He appeared on National Television on the PBR Bud Lite Cup.

BoneCrusherBonecrusher - Purchased at Ardmore, OK, bull sale in 1975. He was the highest priced bull, bucked out 159 times before he was qualified on.

Bonecrusher tore up a lot of arena and was retired to © Ranch in NY in 1982.

BuckhornBuckhorn - A 1600 lb. Gray Brahma from Texas. Buckhorn had a reputation for being hard to twist and hard to get away from when he had you on the ground. Prior to joining Dave Martin’s string, he was leased to Longhorn Rodeo Co. who used him as their feature animal at several large indoor rodeos. After injuring a clown during a performance, he was sent to HJ Rodeo Co. in VA and his career put on hold. Joe Thomas, a livestock dealer from PA realized the bull’s potential and got him added to Dave Martin’s toro pen.

During this time he was voted the "APRA 1983 Bucking Bull of the Year".

BabyBlackHeartBaby Blackheart - Purchased from an auctioneer, Buddy Artirp, in VA for $300. As a 600 lb. yearling, this bull was hard to ride and treacherous with his horns during his twelve years of bucking.

He was retired in 1992 after a permanent injury to his leg from fighting with another bull.

JohnnyAngelJohnny Angel - Bought from former world champion, Jim Shoulders, by Joe Thomas Livestock of Carlisle, PA, and leased to Dave Martin. Bucked 3 years, and in over 150 attempts, was ridden only once by Clinton Cessna for 84 points.

Died from kidney stone complications and was voted 3 times Bucking Bull of the Year in APRA. He won this award even after his death.

Immortalized in the Dave Martin Championship Rodeo Flying Bull logo. His theme song was George Thorogood’s "Bad to the Bone".

IronManIron Man - Purchased in Ft. Worth for $8,000. From over 1,000 bulls in the IPRA they chose 60 to appear in the OKC, International Finals Rodeo. Out of those 60, Iron man was voted the Best Bull of the Finals in 1994. His career record was, out of 144, rode 4 times successfully.

One of the "Ballistic Brothers" - a biologically related family of bucking bulls from the state of Oklahoma. Dave Martin wagered as much as $3,000 during 1994 that this bull wouldn’t get rode.

Iron Man died suddenly in 1995 from anaplasmosis, a complicated disease of the blood. Iron Man’s theme song was Ozzy Ozborne’s "Iron Man".

HighVoltage#220 Double H High Voltage - Purchased in Atlanta, Georgia, this bull had been qualified on only once when he was less than two years old. He bucked for 3 years at Dave Martin’s Rodeos unridden, bucking off Clinton Cessna at Bullride Mania and American Finals Rodeo.

After bucking off World Champions Tuff Hedeman and Terry Don West at PBR Bud Light Cup events, the dark red horned bull was sold to James Harper of Harper/Morgan Rodeo in Louisiana for $15,000 in 1998.
That same year #220 went to the PBR Finals and the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

BuffaloBill#393 Buffalo Bill - Outlawed from the PRCA as a "Freak of Nature", Bill came to the east coast from David Bailey Rodeo Co. of Tahlequa, OK, by way of Ernie Treadway in South Carolina. Ridden once by Lane Frost in the early 1980’s for 90 points, Bill had quite a reputation.

Born from a bison bull and brangus cow, Bill bucked at Dave Martin’s Rodeo as a feature for over ten years, with over 300 trips out of the chute with a $1,000 bounty offered by Dave Martin for each qualified ride. Out of over $300,000 offered, only two riders - Mike Swearingen and J. R. Raulersen each qualified and collected their $1,000 bounty.

At 20 years of age Bill was retired to Juniata Springs Buffalo Farm in 1998. Bill’s theme song was "Lunatic Fringe" by Red Ryder.

Scarecrow#15 Double H Scarecrow - Bought by Jack Ratjen, Mansfield, TX in 1992, Scarecrow was known for his superior athletic ability and highflying leaps. Usually ridden only once or twice a year, Scarecrow went to the International Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma. As a youngster, he appeared at Mesquite Rodeo, but many of the Texas cowboys turned him out and wouldn’t get on because of his horns. One of Scarecrow's last qualifying rides was by the late Jesse Martin in June 1997 - winning the Shartlesville, PA Rodeo.

Scarecrow was retired in 1998 to a ranch in Ft. Worth, TX, where the winters are milder.

JohnnyRotten#515 Johnny Rotten - Bought from Larry Kephart of Lawton, OK who bought him as a yearling at Charlie Plummer’s estate auction. Johnny bucked at the International Finals Rodeo for several years before coming East. As a sire, his offspring were outstanding bucking bulls - El Diablo, Yellow Jacket and Voodoo Child to name a few.

Johnny was retired to J-W Ranch as a herd sire in 1999 at twenty years of age. 





Hall of Fame Nominees
Scarface#01 Scarface - Bought at Mesquite, TX, this crooked horn bridle was one the worst sunfishers in East Coast Bullriding history. He bucked off rodeo greats, Clint Branger, Jesse Martin and many others. He was voted bucking Bull of the Year and Bucking Bull of the Finals for 1998 in the APRA, even though he jerked down and knocked out quite a few of his opponents. He was featured on the PBR souvenir calendar in’98.

After being unridden in ’99 and banned from PBR Bud Lite Cup, Scarface was consigned to the Oklahoma City Bucking Bull Sale, where he was the highest priced bull sold for $6,500.

PowerLine #110 Powerline - A huge Simbrah muley with a crooked streak down his face, Powerline came from New Boston, TX in 1992. He was tall, lean and athletic for a bull weighing over a ton and was a favorite of the ladies in the audience. In 1996 he won the award for High Point Bucking Bull at the International Finals in Oklahoma City. In 1997 C.B Perkins of Oklahoma won the biggest purse ever at one of our shows, over $15,000 for riding this bull. The late Jesse Martin, at age 16, won the National Rib Cook-Off Bullride Mania on Powerline.

This bull’s athletic ability was passed on through his offspring. "Katie" and "Rated X" are two examples. Powerline died of pneumonia in February, 2000.

Baracuda #5 Barracuda - A rancher bought Barracuda out of a livestock auction in Texas. Had it not been for the rancher, the Simmental crossbred bull’s name probably would’ve been "Oscar Meyer" rather than Barracuda.

The rancher thought he might buck well and consigned him to a bucking bull auction in Ft. Worth, where Dave Martin bought him.

Barracuda went on to PBR Bud Lite Cup competition,  bucking off Brazilian Adriano Morales  and was ridden by Terry Don West in Washington, D.C. and Ty Murray in Columbus, OH, who each won the PBR event.

Hillary #179 Hillary - Named after a certain former (thank you) First Lady, a livestock dealer bought Hillary from an Indian Reservation in Arizona. The little crooked horn Mexican Fighting Bull was in with a load of feeder cattle from Mexico and was apparently mistaken for a steer by the border inspectors.

Fighting bulls with crooked horns are not used in Mexican bull fights. Their horns must be perfect to face the matador. Lucky for Hillary, as most Mexican fighting bulls only fight once then turn into the major component of a Big Mac. Weighing less than eight hundred pounds this fierce little bovine dynamo was sold by the dealer to Producer Dave Martin.

Hillary faced some of rodeo’s best bullfighters including Rowdy Berry, Roach Hedeman and even clown Leon Cofee took a hookin’. Hillary has been featured on national television, national magazines, and has performed for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge.

#2 Jack The Ripper #2 Jack The Ripper - Jack was purchased in 1998 in Texarkanna for thirty five hundred dollars. Like many bulls from Arkansas he was small and thin. When he came to Pennsylvania he developed a bad habit of laying down in the chute. Dave ran out of patience and sold the bull to his son Casey for $3000. Casey has a reputation for having a keen eye to select good bucking bull prospects. His speculation paid off. Over the next two years Jack won APRA Bucking Bull of the Year two times, and was featured in the short round at several PBR events. Although still difficult to get out of the chute on. a good rider could be ninety points or better if they rode him. This little black pronghorn bull would jump two or three times kicking high and then go into a rapid. fast, furious spin., resembling Kish’s bull Wolfman. Casey sold Jack to Mark Reed in 2001 for $12,500. Under Mark’s ownership Jack advanced to the PBR Finals in Las Vegas where he bucked off the legendary Ty Murray in the final round. This cost Ty the PBR World Championship, losing to Brazilian Adriano Moraes. Jack stayed out West after the Las Vegas event. Terry Williams bought Jack and his buddy Barracuda from Mark, and gave them a new home in Texas. During the ‘02 season Jack can still be seen in the short round of televised PBR events.
#7521 Wild Wille #7521 Wild Wille - Wild Willie was named after a western wear store in Harrisburg. His brand #7521 was the store’s street address. Originally from California. the chunky blue muley brahma was purchased at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in 1996 for ten thousand dollars. Willie appeared on national television several times and was a regular in the short go at Dave Martin’s shows for five years. Willie died at New Boltin Vet Center in 2001 from a chronic liver ailment. His body was returned to Gettysburg and buried on the ranch.
#S 16 Super Hero #S 16 Super Hero - S 16 was raised by Susan Showalter from her Simbrah cow herd in Lexington, Va. Susan sold the young 600 lb bull to Dave Martin. The bulls sire was one of Dave’s best bulls #07 Demolition Man. Dave sold the bull during a drought two years later to Steve Seney of New Jersey. Steve named him Super Hero. Dave leased the bull back from Steve the next year with an option to buy. The little bull showed promise, so Dave bought him again. Super Hero grew to be a tall muscular bull with lots of rear and drop in the front end when he bucked. He was rideable and a cowboy could get a lot of points on him so he was a natural for the PBR Bud Cup shows.S 16 was a very vociferous bull bellowing almost constantly and challenging the other bulls to a fight. This behavior is all part of the bull business but finally it annoyed Dave enough that he sold the bull to Mark Reed at the International Finals Rodeo.
# 07 DEMOLITION MAN # 07 DEMOLITION MAN - 07 was a tall muscular Simbrah Muley who came from the outskirts of Tulsa Oklahoma with a price tag of ten thousand dollars. He was a full brother to the late great Hall of Fame Bull Iron Man. He was also a member of an elite group of genetically related bulls known at Dave Martin’s shows as The Ballistic Brothers. Eighteen of these bulls were purchased by Steve Yocham from a Simbrah breeding ranch. The bulls were sold as culls because their testicles didnt measure up to the ranch’s standards. What these bulls may have lacked in testosterone they made up in bucking ability. Demolition Man, like his brother Iron Man, was voted APRA Bucking Bull of the Year and Best Bucking Bull at the International Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Demolition Man bucked off the late great Kevin Worsham, causing him to lose the IPRA World Championship in the final round of the IFR. 07 also had the honor of being one of the few bulls to buck off the late great Jesse Martin when he was ranked in the top twenty high school bullriders in the nation. Australian Troy Dunn is one of the few who heard the qualifying whistle on 07. He rode him in Richmond. VA. Demolition Man was sold to J-W Ranch to go into semi-retirement and become a sire in their breeding program.
DEADMAN DEADMAN - was purchased in Fort Worth. TX in November 2000 and he was a giant. He stood almost 6 feet tall and 10 feet long. He was a Simbrah. ‘We used him early in 2001 and he was so big that he didn’t fit into the bullriding chute so we squeezed him into the center gate. where the barrel racers run through (which is 12 feet long), and bucked him out of there. He was a superstar. We measured his hoof prints in the arena after he bucked and they were over 20 feet apart..”, said Dave. Deadman bucked off Sonny Williams. and other notables. He passed away with a perfect record, no qualified rides. He died in April 2001 apparently from a brain aneurysm. He was named after a song by Union Underground.
37 MOONSHINE 37 MOONSHINE - Raised by Dave Martin. he is a Dutch Belted and Scotch Highland and Brahma cross. When Dave started bucking him he wasn’t very good. But he was a great fighting bull so Dave used him for bull hockey. This kept him alive, instead of being sold for meat. When we were short of bucking bulls a year later we tried him again and he had some outstanding trips. He’s been to AFR and PBR shows.
#700 CROTCH TWANG #700 CROTCH TWANG - Named after a common bullriding injury (pulled groin muscle) Crotch Twang came from Harlan Robertson s Ranch. The same Texas ranch was the original home of the dreaded Hall of Fame bull Scarf ace. Dave Martin took a liking to the young bull because of his unusual appearance which labeled him as Davis favorite bull. #700 had swept-back water buffalo style horns and his color was black with many white speckles. He bucked smart in that if he felt a rider’s weight shift, he would change directions quickly, unloading some of the best. Ronnie Martin (no relation), a PRCA contractor from New York. bought Crotch Twang at the IPRA finals in Oklahoma City in 2002.
#24X HOT & JUICY #24X HOT & JUICY - 3 year old from a Plummer and Terminal Velocity blood line. He’s a small grey bull with a light colored line down his back. The bull is sensational. We started bucking him as a 2 year old and he’s been through 2 seasons and he has never been ridden
#3T Rankenstein #3T Rankenstein - The turn of the century brought a bullriders worst nightmare. A most dreaded arm jerkin’, shoulder poppin’, jaw breakin out of control bovine arrived in Gettysburg, PA weighing over a ton and destroying everything that got in his way. The monster was aptly christened Rankenstein. This bull became increasingly more difficult to load into the chutes at shows during the year 2000. In the spring of 2001 Brandon Manning covered him at the Harrisburg Bull Ride Mania. During .fl Rankenstein tore up several hundred dollars worth of fencing, corral panels, board fence, and feeding equipment at the rodeo ranch each week. One day a stock contractor came to the ranch to buy some bulls. Everyone was hoping Rankenstein would leave on his truck. Halfway up the loading ramp the psycho bull changed his mind. He ran back over a few people, jumping fences and leaving a path of twisted steel and broken splinters. Rank was kept home from the shows and wreaked more havoc at the ranch. In mid season the unmanageable bull with one of the most impressive buck off records in history was sold at Greencastle Livestock Market.
#14 HEAD HUNTER #14 HEAD HUNTER - Arrived in Pennsylvania as part of a group of five Brahma feeder cattle from Florida. He was the only brown Brahma in the group. The others were all gray. Other notable bucking bulls that emerged from this group were Gravedigger and Midget. As a two year old Head Hunter kicked his hind leg out through a slat in the chute gate and got it stuck. The injury healed but he would have one ankle larger than the others forever. Although he turned out to be a great bull. #14 never won any awards. Head Hunter still had it all. He resembled what everyone thinks a rodeo bull should look like. He fought the clowns and stayed hooked with the fight for as long as the bullfighters wanted to play. He did however spend over ten years jumping, kicking, and spinning all over the Northeast, eight seconds at a time. Although his owner Dave Martin entered some Old Timers rodeos at age forty three, Head Hunter was the last bull Dave competed on in regular competition at age thirty five. It took place at Altoona. Pa and the bull was the winner in that match. At a rodeo in Ithaca. NY. Dave fought Head Hunter freestyle at the end of the show while Denny Brownawell announced. Surprisingly, Dave stayed on his feet and didn’t get smoked down by the bull. Head Hunter was still spinning when he was retired. He was given to Davis former bull riding traveling partner Rick Schandelmier as a pet. Rick was shot and killed two years later, and Head Hunter disappeared without a trace.
#321 COUNTDOWN #321 COUNTDOWN - Bred and raised by Stanley Hart of Paris. Texas. Countdown was bred to buck. His sire is Go Kat Go. who goes back to Mighty Whitey. His mother is a Coffee Ranch cow #B6. Double Vision who is a Deuces Daughter. Through his mother’s sister. Countdown is related to Jerry Nelson’s Big Bucks who won Bucking Bull of the Year in the PBR several years ago. Born in the year 2000. Countdown, a flat horn brindle, was traded to Darrel Hargis. who in turn sold him to Jerry Nelson of Winnie. Texas as a three year old. #321 as the bullriders refer to him was a superstar on Jerry’s Bad Boys Tour. That year Jerry was asked How much would it take to buy 321?” His reply was l don’t know but I do know that $50,000. will not buy him!” That winter 321 got tangled up in some wire in a pasture and cut his hoof about one third of the way off. Jerry sold him for seventeen hundred dollars As Is and countdown was Pennsylvania bound. It was a long shot gamble if he’d ever buck again. It was not much of a gamble that he would produce some calves that buck. His injury was treated with cut heal (sulfuric acid and fish oil) over a period of about six months. The injury healed, he appeared to be sound, and 321 was re-introduced to the arena where he gave a spectacular performance. His offspring were bucked with a light weight mechanical dummy as calves and they too were over achievers. Countdowns semen was collected and sold for one hundred dollars a straw. In 2007 Countdown was sent back to his roots in Pans. Texas. He was leased to Stanley Hart to breed some cows. Tragically. Stanley died of a gunshot wound and 321 was brought back to Pa. for the summer. Countdown is currently living in Texarkanna, Texas where the weather is warm and the cows are spunky.
SNAPSHOT SNAPSHOT - Purchased in Fort Worth as a retired rodeo bull, Snapshot spent five years as the mascot for the bullride mania tour. He was truly the most bombproof bovine ever on the tour. His first few seasons, Snapshot stood quietly as folks took turns getting their photo taken while sitting on his back. In subsequent years he carried the American flag in the opening ceremony. During the off season Snapshot appeared with many live nativity church programs, kids birthday parties. and he was the star of a petting zoo. His final Bullride Mania season contract performer Shane Kuhn surprised everyone when he rode Snapshot into the arena and his horns were twice as big. As it turns out Shane had fitted the bull with a pair of falsie’ horns that looked very real. Shane performed trick roping and a whip act while on board the beast. Snapshot was patient and gentle with humans but he hated other bulls. He was known to throw other bulls over a six foot fence just for the fun of it and to show them this was his territory and he was the boss. He was always hauled in a separate compartment and stabled in a separate stall. In January 2009 Snapshot was sent to a warmer climate. An eleven year old boy had seen the tame bull’s picture and asked his dad, a rodeo contractor from Utah to buy him. Snapshot in the PRCA Sports News carrying the American flag at a rodeo out west.



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