Editor's note: The 2013 ABBI Season kicks off next week, Dec. 28-29, with the Cowtown Classic in Ft. Worth, Texas. A PBR Touring Pro Division stop, the Boyd-Floyd-produced event will feature ABBI bulls and some of the world's top bull riders including Austin Meier, Mike Lee, Cord McCoy, L.J. Jenkins, Sean Willingham and Skeeter Kingsolver.
PUEBLO, Colo. ― Stephenville, Texas, is known as the cowboy capital of the world. It has also produced more than its fair share of top-notch PBR and American Bucking Bull Inc. stock contractors, including Boyd-Floyd Bull Co.
It all started at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. Students Brad Boyd and Toby Floyd were studying in different fields, but eventually their paths crossed.
"Toby was like the cool guy all the girls liked, because he rodeoed," Boyd said. "He was kind of crazy back then."
Floyd had been around bulls his whole life and ultimately spent 12 years riding in the PRCA.
"Brad was always a good, solid guy," Floyd said. "We were different but we got along really well. You couldn't ask for a better friend. I remember one time we were supposed to go to a party or out to dinner and I had to stop and feed some cattle real quick on the way."
"He didn't close the gate," Boyd interjected. "As soon as those heifers saw the opportunity, they took it. Hundreds got out!"
"We were chasing cows all over," Floyd chuckled. "I don't remember if we ever got to that dinner or not, but I remember us trying to get them all back in the pasture. We eventually did it, but it took forever."
Floyd went on to get his master's degree in animal science while Boyd focused on building his own business, buying a scrap yard. Boyd began raising beef cattle as well.
"We were different but we got along really well. You couldn't ask for a better friend."
By 1991 Floyd had bought some bulls at a sale barn and was ready to put on his first event. The scrap yard came on board as a sponsor and Boyd-Floyd technically produced their first event together.
Floyd proved he had an eye for bovine talent, eventually selling some of those same sale animals to other stock contractors such as Jerry Nelson.
Fast forward about 20 years.
The bull partnership of Boyd-Floyd Bull Co. features their own breeding program, nearly 1,000 head of bucking cattle, numerous PBR short-round bulls, an ABBI World Champion, three ABBI Wild Card Champions, countless ABBI event winners, PBR high-marked bulls of the events and more trophy buckles than a case can hold.
They also produce two of the top ABBI/PBR Touring Pro Division events each season. So how exactly does the Boyd-Floyd partnership work and how have they managed succeed in so many different aspects of the bucking bull industry?
"I don't get in his way," Boyd said. "Toby is the bull man. I'm not the kind of guy who wants to be on the chutes anyway. I'm happy to sit in the stands and watch our bulls buck."
After reflecting for a moment, Boyd added, "Boyd-Floyd stands for a great business relationship between Toby and myself. Our combination of business sense and hard work is what makes it work. It's been a hell of a ride so far. We've been extremely lucky to have the support of our families and such an amazing team that is willing to work as hard as we do to make Boyd-Floyd a success. I'm really excited about our future."
Susan Bedford is the editor-in-chief of The American Bucking Bull magazine
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