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Mataska Cattle P.O. Box 402 Petrolia TX , 76377 Phone (H): 940.733.8809 Fax: 940.538.6353 Home Sires Bulls Cows Heifers Bull Calves Sales Young Bulls Welcome Home of -Y 497 Automatic This is an article that was written about Ray and Becky Ray & Becky Mataska When the belt buckle reads 1976 it’s fair to guess that the man wearing it has at least 30 years experience with bulls. And when you hear stories about how he was still getting on when his kids were in their twenties, you start wondering just how long he’s been at the game. But the day did come when Ray Mataska finally swapped his rope for a flank strap and he did it for the best bloodlines available to him. Today he and wife Becky, have about 50 cows on their Petrolia, Texas ranch. The Mataska’s are trying to breed the best bulls they possibly can and cows that are worthy of the best bulls. The definition of a good cow to Ray and Becky is good bloodlines and they prefer those of their late friend Ronnie Roach and his Plummer based breeding. “He quit rodeoing and added ten cows from Ronnie to our cows and that set up the foundation for us.” said Becky. “Those cows were by Automatic, Spook, 819 Roll the Dice, 490 Smart Alec, and 336 Beach Ball and were bred back to bulls like Tequila, Rooster, and 819 Roll the Dice. Most of our herd today goes back to those original cows.” The Mataska’s are a straight up and down bunch but, as you drive around their ranch looking at their cows and hear the words pretty and good looking thrown around, a person could be forgiven for thinking that Ray and Becky are blind. Something all their cows have in common is that only their mothers could think they’re beautiful. They’re big framed with markings that make them look mean and each of them has a set of handle bars that would make a Harley rider proud. But pretty? That’s not the way I’d describe those rodeo looking girls. Ray says that the meanness isn’t just skin deep and that it is bred into them. But that doesn’t seem to bother him when he gets out to feed and 50 sets of hooks come racing up the gully and mingle around him. He goes on to say that treating them right and feeding them right helps him produce quality bulls. Ray believes that a lot of the animal’s size comes from how you look after them as a baby and that he probably feeds his cattle more than most people do. “I teach them to eat and that’s an important thing, especially when you start talking about hauling a bull he’s got to eat. You do that by teaching them to eat at home and taking their feed with you when you start hauling. In fact, Ray’s feed and care program is a testament to him as three of the original cows he got off Ronnie Roach are still up and kicking at 22 years of age. The cows, numbers CP0, CP9 and CP18, no longer have teeth so he puts them by themselves so they can’t get bullied and feeds them soft mix. Last year the Mataska’s got two calves out of the three old cows. “This may be the first time in 10 years that those three have been empty.” said Becky. “It’s kind of sad.” The cornerstone bull of Mataska’s breeding program today is 497 Automatic. Ray saw his son Jody, a two-time end-of-year Superbull Champion, get on Automatic when Freddy Cordell had the bull as a three year old. They followed the bull’s career and liked him so much that they decided to add him to their herd when he finished bucking. Automatic is by 224/Spook out of CP1/Kung Fu and finished his PBR career as a 10 year old with a 21.8 bull rating. “All of his bulls have bucked.” said Ray. “We’ve kept most all of his heifers and crossed them to Double Trouble and a Playboy bull we had.” “Automatic doesn’t have a lot of leg; he’s kind of short so I breed my heifers by him to stuff with a bit of leg. Double Trouble puts size on them, the Playboy bull he’s got a lot of leg under him and puts size into them.” says Ray. Both Ray and Becky still have a day job and as a result you don’t see many bulls bucking under their name. You do however see their bulls everywhere including top 20 Classic bull #171 Semi-Automatic (Automatic x 129/Ring Eye) now owned by Hebert Bucking Bulls. Squirt Gun (Roll the Dice x 129/Ring Eye) and Cosmo are also regulars at the touring pro’s. Shane is another well known Rafter 7r bred bull, his dad is one of Automatic’ s kids, Johnny Walker Red, and his half-sister is Mataska’s cow Nosey Rosey, by 819. Probably the best known Mataska bull is Jerry Nelson’s M11 Bad Boys Toys (312/Rising Sun X Toot). The Built Ford Tough Tour regular has also made the trip to the PBR Finals. Nelson also got California Dreaming (PBR rating 21.5) from the same place. In fact, Jerry buys most of Ray Mataska’s bulls. “Every year, for the past six years when Ray weans his calves off his cows, he’ll keep one or two and he sells me the rest. I’ve had good luck with Ray’s bulls, it’s like anyone else’s breeding program some of them may not turn out, but I have good success with the bulls that buck.” Ray, like his bulls, is honest. “Ray is probably the most honest guy in the bull business.” says Nelson. And this sentiment rings true with demand for his heifers, seeing the girls scattered across America from Louisiana to Utah. This year’s calf crop will see a new infusion for the blood in the Mataska herd in the form of Maximus (PBR bull rating 22.3) the 1996 PRCA Bull of the Year and 1997 2nd runner up PBR bull of the year. Jody, Ray’s son, now owns Maximus. Mataska believes in his bloodlines so he isn’t in a rush to see what the bulls can do and doesn’t buck them with a dummy, preferring to wait until they are three and they never buck their heifers. “You can cripple one pretty easy when they’re young. They can get hurt when they’re bucking, they can break bones. 532/Jack Pot, by 819, bucked so hard that he broke his back when he was two.” said Ray. From weaning, Ray starts to prepare his young bulls for life on the road. “I get them up three or four at a time and let them get used to each other. I try putting them together for two or three months and if they don’t get along, they just don’t get along. I’ll put them in for a little while and try and ease them in together, Semi-Automatic and the Playboy bull never did get along and I finally sold the Playboy bull. Some bulls just hate other bulls.” To start his bulls, Mataska simply puts them on a trailer and starts hauling them, but stresses that it’s important to put bulls in the trailer together that get along together, otherwise they can injure each other while being hauled. To do that he has them penned together at the house where they can be watched closely. He then gets them used to riding in a trailer together. They don’t get bucked, but get used to traveling and the sights, smells and sounds of rodeos. “When you first take them somewhere you can just run them in the arena then back on the trailer. Then start putting them in the chutes and getting them used to the chute. After a month or so of that, put a cowboy on them. I take them away from the house; we’ll go anywhere that’s bucking bulls and start with the flank strap real loose. I just put it on where it’ll just stay on. That’s usually all you’ve got to do on Plummer stuff, they don’t take much flank.” “I give them two or three chances, if they don’t do good the first time. I’ll change the delivery but nothing really with the flank. You’ve just got to try which delivery works best for the bull.” To get bulls seasoned and used to going down the road, Ray says you’ve just got to take them. “Take the bulls a short distance and then a little longer and then a littler longer. A short distance is about one hour from the house and Ray takes them two or three times a week. The next time he’ll take them to Fort Worth and then further. If the bulls can make it to Denver, Colorado, then they should be fine. “Denver is a good place to go to teach them to travel. It’s a long haul, and you can take them eight hours and rest for the night, then continue on the next day. The bulls will be gone for a week and they’ll either make it or they won’t. “A good thing about Denver is that the let out gate goes into a long ally and they’ve got to run down it to get their flank strap off, and they’ll take off down there and we don’t have much trouble getting them to learn to get out of the arena. “In a short ally, the bulls don’t want to go out of the arena because they think it’s just another pen and that they have to leave a big pen for a small one. An ideal setup at a house arena would be to have a long ally so your bulls can learn to go out. That’s one of the main things the PBR look for is that your bulls go out good because if they have to rope them, that it just takes up time.” Automatic progeny had a tendency to give trouble in the chutes so Mataska has installed a “No Hot Shot’ policy because they stir the bulls up. By taking away the hot shot and having cowboys who can get on and out quick, they help the bulls learn to settle and behave in the chute. “If a bull is bad in the chute, the hot shot doesn’t do anything but make them worse. Usually you can just show them a gate or chute and they’ll eventually go on their own. You’ve got to give them a little more time, but they’ll go. Don’t get in a hurry, if you get in a hurry with them that’s just as bad as a hot shot. “If you keep them together, they’ll teach each other, if one goes in they’ll all go in.” For the Mataska family, bulls and bull riding are quite simply a part of their life. “The boys, Jody and Himey, grew up at rodeos.” said Becky. “And it’s just been a natural thing for us to have bucking bulls; it’s what we’ve always wanted.” SR Web Design 2009 Copyright, SR Web Design, All rights Reserved Ray and Becky Mataska H: 940-733-8809 Email Home of -Y 497 Automatic

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