STORM CENTER: Bucking horses getting primed

On Saturday, Oct. 18, the United Bucking Horse Association (UBHA) had their first-ever event at the Chisholm Trail Rodeo Arena in Nocona.
More than 100 attended the event, with proceeds going to the Montague County Wounded Veterans Program.
“Our association is essentially a forum for breeders to come together and showcase their breeding programs,” said Guy French, head of the UBHA.
French himself breeds bucking horses. GF Buckers is based in Brookshire, Texas, a small community in Waller County with about 5,000 people.
“I started raising bucking horses 10 years ago,” French said. “I rode bareback.”
French started the UBHA because he thought there was a void in quality bucking horse stock.
“I want to create a better product for the industry,” he said.
French said he enjoyed his experience in Nocona, and here in Montague County, an area with a rich rodeo history.
“It was great,” he said. “The whole town was extremely welcoming to us. They made us feel at home. It was a great group of people and a great arena. Nocona was a good, central location for us.”
Twelve stock contractors descended on Nocona from faraway states like South Dakota, Montana and Mississippi – all for the hope of giving their bucking horses a chance to showcase their wares.

Editor’s Note: The Storm Center column is the expressed written views of sports editor Eric Viccaro and not The Bowie News.

Two weekends ago, the United Bucking Horse Association had an event at the Chisholm Trail Rodeo Arena in Nocona. Here, a bucking horse properly demonstrates “kick” for a big score. Click on the image itself for the complete photo. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)