I've got a question. Do the stock contractors sign deals with the PBR/PRCA/CBR in order to have their bulls considered for events? The reason I'm asking is two-fold. One contractor mentioned that his bulls weren't showing up much at BFTS events because he had to fulfill his contract with the PRCA. The other reason I ask is because I started thinking after the PBR announced their bull list for the Finals. A few bulls were not on there (Cochise, Buckeye and Apollo are examples). These are great bulls that did not buck for the PBR this year. I would think that if they were indeed available, Cody Lambert would have them participate during the regular season and the Finals as well.
I don't know of a contract or anything with the contractors, but I'm not really sure about it. I don't think so though.
I believe Apollo will be in Vegas for the futurity/classic, since he is still a young bucker. And in the past, a lot of those bulls have been used in round 5 of the World Finals. But again, I'm not completely sure how all that works. I just know we have seen a lot of the young one on the second week of the Finals, and I think Apollo will fit that category this year.
As for Cochise, I just need to call the owner to find everything out about that. He told me to give him a call, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet.
I'm not sure about Buckeye. Hopefully someone more in the know than I am can come in here and give you a better explanation on some of this stuff.