Duncan Welcomes Prestigious ABBI American Heritage Event This Weekend

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Event to be held June 12-13 at Stephens County Fair & Expo Center

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There is no bigger event for 2-year-old bulls than the American Bucking Bull Inc. (ABBI) American Heritage Futurity. With over $300,000 paid out last year at the two-day event, the American Heritage is the must-enter event for ABBI stock contractors each season. The winning bull typically takes home a check for about $100,000.

American Bucking Bull Inc. is the sister organization to Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and is dedicated to promoting bucking bulls, both by preserving their bloodlines and showcasing their athletic abilities. They have over 170,000 DNA registered bucking cattle and pay out an average of $3 million dollars in prize money each season.

“There is simply no bigger event for young bucking bulls and we’re thrilled to be holding it in Duncan,” said Executive Director Jay Daugherty. “We looked at many cities and arenas before making our selection. This is a big family event for us so all of the activities offered at the Simmons Center, as well as the proximity of the arena to hotels and restaurants, were key factors in our decision. Duncan is a great community and we’re happy to be here.”

This premier annual event has been held in Oklahoma since its inception, but relocated to Duncan this year. Stephens County Fair & Expo Center will host several hundred of these elite animal athletes this weekend. American Heritage events are unique in that they require an animal to be nominated for the competition the year of its birth. Sustaining payments are then made on schedule up until the animal competes in the event.

Futurity bulls buck with a weighted box (called a dummy) on their back for 4 seconds. Half of the animals will buck Friday at 12:30 pm with the second half bucking Saturday starting at 1:30 pm on Saturday. The box is released via remote-control and a team of judges award scores based on the animal’s performance. A Junior Futurity for American Bucking Bull Inc. members aged 9-18 will also be held Saturday at 10am, with these young cowboys and cowgirls flanking their own bucking bulls in the chutes. There will also be a Derby for 3-year-old bucking bulls. These older bulls will be pitted against cowboys in what will be an adrenaline-charged bull riding that starts at 7pm on Friday and Saturday.

Another highlight of the weekend will be two much anticipated sales. D&H Cattle Co. will be having a yearling bull sale on Thursday at 7:30pm. American Bucking Bull Inc. will hold their Hot Dams Sale (featuring elite females who are the dams or offspring of PBR superstar bulls) on Saturday at 9am. Both will take place at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center.

"We are excited about bringing the American Heritage to Duncan and showcasing our community," stated event liaison Jim D. McLain of the TwoBulls Group. "Our goal of bringing major events to Duncan is now becoming a reality through the vision of our County Commissioners in the recent expansion of the Stephens Co. Expo. The cooperative efforts between the Duncan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Stephens County Fair & Expo Center and TwoBulls Group made it possible to being this world-class event to Duncan. With hundreds of stock contractors, their families and bucking bull fans, this event will benefit the city, county and local businesses with a major economic impact."

2015 marks the 12 year anniversary of American Bucking Bull Inc. (ABBI). Over the last decade, ABBI had established itself as the largest bucking cattle registry in the world. Owned by shareholders, the ABBI has been able to raise the public profile of animal athletes to a whole new level. For more information: AmericanBuckingBull.com

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