FORT WORTH, Texas ― Six weeks ago, Jared Allen attended the Built Ford Tough Series event in Chicago and by the time he left Allstate Arena the free agent defensive end’s blood was coursing through his veins as if he were lined up across from an opposing NFL quarterback.
He liked what he saw and, more importantly, he loved how he felt and vowed to get more involved.
Prior to that weekend he and Matt Scharping owned six bucking bulls old enough to compete at the BFTS and one younger bull. In the six weeks since, they’ve added three more bulls including – Magic Train.
According to PBR Livestock Director Cody Lambert, Magic Train will be the best bull out in the opening round of Saturday’s event in Kansas City.
“He’s pretty special,” Scharping said of Magic Train, who was the top-scoring ABBI Classic bull four weeks ago in Oklahoma City. With Scharping’s assistance, Allen bought the bull from D&H Cattle Co.
Scharping added, “We’re always looking—we’re looking for special ones.”
Right now they’re limited to hauling five bulls on a cattle trailer behind Scharping’s pickup, but they have a new trailer that’s being custom wrapped to advertise Jared Allen’s Homes 4 Wounded Warriors.
According to Scharping, he and Allen are expecting the trailer to be ready by April with the intention of using the new hauler beginning in Des Moines, Iowa. It has the potential of carrying 17 or 18 bulls.
Scharping is constantly keeping an eye on other PBR bulls, like Magic Train, and Allen and Scharping have been viewing countless videos looking for new bulls to add to their pen and eventually haul them down the highway.
“It’s about finding the right bulls,” Scharping said, “not just filling it.”
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