The United Bucking Horse Association (UBHA) formed under the International Bucking Horse, Inc. is a growing and thriving association in its fourth year. The Association’s goals are to promote quality bucking horses in their fledgling years that will go on to become top bareback and saddle bronc horses in the professional world of rodeo.
UBHA is a place where bucking horse breeders, and those who want to get into the business, have both a venue to showcase their breeding programs as well as garner experience for their future bucking horse prospects.
UBHA is a group of three regions: Region 1 – Canada, Region 2 – Northern United States and Region 3 – Southern United States, that hold 3-4 futurities each year in each region, where breeders and contractors bring their yearling, 2-year-old and 3-year-old colts to compete against each other. These local regional events are sanctioned by the UBHA and each committee that holds the events have added money for each of the three categories of horses for prize money. Entry fees per horse are determined by each event according to the Association’s rules.
UBHA has adopted a points system based on competition placing, which follow each horse throughout the year, and at year end, the top six colts of both the 2-year-old and 3-year-old categories from each region will compete at the year-end finals in Las Vegas during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The top yearling in each region receives recognition and a buckle for their accomplishment.
Beginning this 2017 season, we are excited to announce a 4 and 5 year old Bareback and a 4 and 5 year old Saddlebronc class to our Association. We realized a gap in the development of our colts from the dummy competitions into bucking as career Bareback and Saddlebronc horses, so we have added these two classes in order to bring experience to these colts right through to the time they will become full time buckers in the industry.
In addition, we have also began the UBHA Super Stakes, which is to showcase the breeding programs of our members' stallion and offspring buckers. DNA profiles of both the stallion and their offspring are required in order to prove parentage, and the Stakes will draw points from the offspring bucking in any of the five UBHA classes. Only the top three offspring's points will count towards the nominated stallion, and will conclude yearly after the UBHA finals are complete. Halters for both the Super Stakes Sire Champion and the Super Stakes Futurity Champion will be awarded at year end. DNA profile must be completed each year prior to September 1st and will be at the owner's expense. Profiling can be done with our friends at the Bucking Horse Breeders Association.
Each UBHA event is a place where bucking horse enthusiasts get to enjoy a time of sharing experiences, showing off the pride of their programs in friendly competition, and furthering the career of each horse.
The UBHA has evolved much since its beginnings, and we are very proud of what the association has accomplished for both bucking horse breeders, stock contractors and the bucking horses themselves.