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October 30, 2013

Fricks win PBR’s ABBI Breeder of the Year

‘The Rocker’ earns $200,000 for its owner, 18 year old Wyatt Crowder

DUNCAN — For many people, getting a 1 a.m. phone call after a long Saturday, isn’t necessarily a good thing. Dwight and Donna Frick got that phone call this last weekend, yet, there was much to celebrate. Their daughter, Sherrie, happened to be at her parent’s home and was able to share in the good news.  

A woman from the American Bucking Bull Industry (ABBI) was calling to inform Dwight he had just won the ABBI Breeder of the Year Award. That’s the biggest award a bull breeder can win.

“They were calling us from Las Vegas, Nev.,” Donna said.

The bull that earned the Fricks the trophy was “The Rocker” sold to Wyatt Crowder in Colorado about three years ago. Crowder’s father also called the Fricks to let them know.

Wyatt, 18, rode the bull, which has to be bucked twice. Judging is of the bull, not the rider. It was so good that Crowder walked away with a $200,000 prize. The Rocker had won the ABBI Classic Title for the 10th annual ABBI World Finals. According to the ABBI website, the bull entered the championship round only one point behind Pecos Bill. There were 17 bulls in the round with an 86 or higher average. The Rocker wasn’t deemed a favorite to win, but he did. Now, there’s even a Facebook page for the celebrity-status bull, created by the Crowders. Frick said he hadn’t seen it yet, but they told him they had plenty of photos on the page. A quick glance showed Crowder is proud of his bull.

So is Frick.  

“We have worked hard to get to this point,” Dwight said Tuesday. “Our goal was to raise a bull like that. It’s tough — it’s competition from around the world.”

Since learning of the big win, the Fricks’ phone has been ringing off the hook.  

The Fricks have worked for years producing rodeos, breeding and selling bulls which are then taken to futurities around the United States. In the rodeo industry, past F&F Rodeo bulls like Dodge Durango and Jim, Jam have garnered attention. Another bull, Superfreak, won the American Heritage and $96,000 for its owner, Jerome Davis.

“He performed in the finals for PBR. Jerome was a World Champion bull rider,” Dwight said. Davis was flung from a bull in 1998, paralyzing him from the chest down. He was only 25 years old, but considered one of the best bull riders in the world. He didn’t let that scare him away from bulls. Eventually he bought Superfreak.

Frick said that for those involved with bulls, it’s just something with which they love to be involved.

As for The Rocker, registration number and branded 708, Crowder began competing as a youth member in futurities with the bull. He is the youngest person to have an ABBI World Champion a bull, touted the ABBI website after Saturday’s win.

Frick’s winnings include 50 calf registrations for free, about a $3,000 prize in that respect, along with a belt buckle and a trophy.

“Everyone wants the best bull there is and as far as bull breeders, it’s the biggest award you can win,” Frick said.

Even before the win, Frick said he feels fortunate to have built such a successful bull breeding program. Buyers from around the country buy his bulls, and that includes bulls that have been in the competition arena.

“The rodeo world does know what he does, but not everyone is aware he’s raised bulls since he was 15 years old,” Donna said. “He’s been a proven producer for years.”

Besides having his bulls at futurities, PBR and National Finals Rodeo (NFR), the Fricks supply stock and work many rodeos, including the annual Lions Club Rodeo held each June at the Claud Gill Arena and the Stephens County Free Fair Rodeo at the Fair & Expo Center each August.

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