Gold Buckle Futurity Announces BIG Bonus with Southern Ranches, Will Pay Extra $10K to EACH Division Winner at Ardmore Spring Event
Heading and heeling futurity winners will receive an extra $10,000 bonus at the Gold Buckle Futurities spring event in Ardmore.
Billie Jack Saebens on SJR Diamond Billy
Billie Jack Saebens on SJR Diamond Billy by CD Diamond winning the Gold Buckle Futurity. | Elite Equine Promotions

Every winner at the Gold Buckle Futurities Spring Event will receive a $10,000 bonus check in Ardmore, Oklahoma, May 9-12, 2024, the group announced May 3.

Southern Ranches stepped up to offer a $10,000-per-division BIG bonus in the 6-&-Under Heading and 6-&-Under Heeling maturities, while Gold Buckle Futurities will sponsor the $10,000 bonus in the ropings’ other six divisions.

Located in Waxahachie, Texas, Southern Ranches has become a key player in the rope horse futurities. Owned by Shane and Jessica Boston, Southern Ranches is home to the popular junior rope horse sire, The Notorious B I G, and they’re the co-producer of the annual Clay Logan Open Roping.

Southern Ranches recently partnered with Gold Buckle Futurities for the Spring event to help increase payouts for a roping that the Bostons call a “win, win.”

“As owners of a junior rope horse sire and several horses competing at these futurities year after year, and as part of a team that puts on a roping every year, Shane and I get to see a lot of different angles of this business,” Jessica said. “And I can say with confidence that there are a lot of people working to better it. The ones behind Gold Buckle Futurities are some of them. Gold Buckle Futurities has some top equine businessmen in the performance horse industry behind it. They have seen other disciplines take this exact course. They know what works. They are looking at the bigger picture of team roping from all angles and catering to the industry. The rope horse world is experiencing incredible growth right now. It’s exciting to be a part of event like this that has been able to step outside of the box and take team roping to a whole new level.”

For Shane Boston, it’s all about numbers.

“With any event, you’ve got to really look at the numbers,” Shane said. “When you look at Gold Buckle payouts, while considering entries, this is one of the top paying futurities out there, incentives or no incentives. From a competitor’s standpoint, the payouts have been there, regardless. Now, when you do start talking incentives, it’s like icing on the cake. It’s just a win, win. For us, as stallion owners and breeders, we would love to see this futurity explode. That’s why we partnered with them. It’s very well-run by people who know what a roping needs to look like. It doesn’t get much better than the team behind the Gold Buckle Futurities. This futurity is the standard of what other event producers should set for themselves, and that’s why we want to support it. The rope horse industry needs events like the Gold Buckle.”

Gold Buckle Futurities is owned and operated by 2021-2022 PRCA World Champion Kaleb Driggers, World Champion tie-down roper Shane Hanchey and NFBR and NFR qualifier Taylor Hanchey, World Champions Haven and Shelby Meged and Western Bloodstock’s Jeremy Barwick. It offers a stallion incentive as well as a breeder’s incentive, but horses do not have to be eligible for either to compete. Gold Buckle Futurities will accept late entries.

Gold Buckle Futurities Spring Event Bonus Payouts

Breakaway Futurity – $10,000 Bonus Check

Breakaway Futurity – $10,000 Bonus Check

Tie Down Futurity – $10,000 Bonus Check

Tie Down Maturity – $10,000 Bonus Check

Heading Futurity – $10,000 Bonus Check

Heading Maturity – $10,000 Bonus Check – Put up by Southern Ranches

Heeling Futurity – $10,000 Bonus Check

Heeling Maturity – $10,000 Bonus Check – Put up by Southern Ranches


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