Professional Bull Riders: Heroes and Legends

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The Professional Bull Riders Heroes and Legends celebration honors five divisions in the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), including the best bucking bulls.[1][2]


From 1996 to 2007, the PBR awarded the Ring of Honor in the arena during the World Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. There was no Ring of Honor ceremony in 2008.

From to 2009 to 2010, the Ring of Honor ceremony was held at the Pueblo Convention Center in conjunction with Pueblo, Colorado’s Wild, Wild West Fest in May, which included a regular-season PBR elite series event in said city. The Sharon Shoulders Award was first awarded in 2010, then came the Jim Shoulders Lifetime Achievement Award and Brand of Honor in 2011, and the Ty Murray Top Hand Award in 2018.

The PBR Heroes and Legends celebration debuted in 2011 and was held at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas the day before the first round of every annual PBR World Finals. There was no Heroes and Legends celebration in 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions, but the ceremony returned in 2021.

The PBR World Finals moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 2022 and now takes place in the spring after previously taking place in the autumn.

There was not a Heroes and Legends ceremony in 2022. However, it was announced in September of that year that the new PBR Hall of Fame would be unveiled in Spring 2023 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma within the museum’s American Rodeo Gallery. Beginning in 2023, the Heroes and Legends celebration will now take place every September at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum prior to the start of the annual PBR Team Series event in Oklahoma City. The PBR Hall of Fame’s construction is expected to be completed by 2024 or 2025.[3]

Ring of Honor[edit]

The PBR Ring of Honor is the equivalent of a Hall of Fame for bull riders.[4] The PBR created this award in 1996 to recognize those who have had a "significant and lasting contribution to the sport of professional bull riding".[4] Honorees may be PBR bull riders, but some PRCA bull riders have also been honored, for example, icon Lane Frost.[4] "It is both a physical ring and a fellowship of men."[4] This honor is bestowed upon "select bull riders whose contributions to the sport of bull riding last beyond their success in the competitive arena". The award is "symbolized by a custom-made, gold-and-diamond ring engraved with the honoree's name and the PBR logo". Recipients are honored with this award during a ceremony at the PBR World Finals near the end of the year.[4]

It was created in 1996 with the inaugural induction of ProRodeo Hall of Fame members Jim Shoulders and Ted Nuce.[5][6]

The PRCA, which sanctions traditional rodeo, has the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.[7] The Bull Riding Hall of Fame located in Fort Worth, Texas, is not associated with the PBR.[8]



  • Robson Palermo



  • Gary Leffew


  • Ricky Bolin
  • Lyle Sankey


  • Owen Washburn



  • Bobby Berger
  • Adam Carrillo
  • Gilbert Carrillo



  • Ross Coleman
  • Mike White


  • Tater Porter
  • Brent Thurman





  • Bobby DelVecchio
  • Cody Snyder


  • Troy Dunn
  • Michael Gaffney
  • Bobby Steiner





  • Wacey Cathey


  • Clint Branger






Sharon Shoulders Award[edit]

This award recognizes women who have supported professional bull riding; "those whose work, partnership and faith have been as integral to the sport as the athletes themselves." These are bull rider wives who have shared the burdens of a bull rider in his life and in the sport and helped enable him to contribute to the sport. It is named for the wife of Jim Shoulders.[10] The PBR created his award in 2010 and honored inaugural inductee Tiffany Davis.[11][10]


  • 2021 - Terri Gay (wife of Donnie Gay)
  • 2019 - Kylie Shivers (wife of Chris Shivers)
  • 2018 - Jill McBride (wife of Justin McBride)
  • 2017 - Julie Carrillo (wife of Gilbert Carrillo)
  • 2016 - LeAnn Hart (wife of J.W. Hart)
  • 2015 - Robyn Gaffney (wife of Michael Gaffney)
  • 2014 - Stacey Custer (wife of Cody Custer)
  • 2013 - Flavia Moraes (wife of Adriano Moraes)
  • 2012 - Jackie Dunn (wife of Troy Dunn)
  • 2011 - Leanne Lambert (wife of Cody Lambert)
  • 2010 - Tiffany Davis (wife of Jerome Davis)


Jim Shoulders Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

This award is named after Jim Shoulders, who won 16 world titles and is recognized in his field as possibly the greatest western-sports athlete of all time. This award recognizes some of the many non-bull riders who have made a tangible contribution to the sport and whose efforts have built the PBR, including stock contractors, contract personnel, PBR employees, and more.[10] It was first awarded in 2011.[11][13][14]




  • Mack Altizer
  • Neal Gay


  • Joe Baumgartner
  • Dr. J. Pat Evans
  • Barry Frank


  • Doug Scott
  • Bill Selman


  • Dr. Tandy Freeman


  • Brett Hoffman


  • David Allen


  • Cotton Rosser


  • Tom Teague



Brand of Honor[edit]

First awarded in 2011 to Little Yellow Jacket, the Brand of Honor is awarded to a bull for superlative performance in the PBR. The PBR recognizes that "there are two great athletes in every ride". Brand of Honor bulls are elite athletes who have gone above and beyond in the sport. In 2016, Bushwacker was awarded the Brand of Honor.[16] This three-time World Champion bucking bull, now retired, is universally considered to be the best in bull riding history.[10][11]



Ty Murray Top Hand Award[edit]

First awarded in 2018 to Trevor Brazile, Lewis Feild, and Tom Ferguson, the Ty Murray Top Hand Award, is awarded to a rodeo athlete who is not eligible for the Ring of Honor Award. The award connects the PBR with its traditional past. Athletes are chosen who represent strong values and character who have made a significant mark on the sport. The award is named after 9 time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) World Champion and Ring of Honor awardee Ty Murray, a co-founder of the PBR and current television commentator.






Professional Bull Riders Champions[edit]

Heroes and Legends lists the Ring of Honor, Sharon Shoulders Award, Jim Shoulders Lifetime Achievement Award, Brand of Honor, Ty Murray Top Hand Award, Mason Lowe Award, and Golden Barrel Awards. The List of Professional Bull Riders Champions article presents a list of major champions and honors won by Professional Bull Riders.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About PBR". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  2. ^ Belzer, Jason. "Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Has Created The Most Authentic Sponsorship Platform In Sports". Forbes. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  3. ^ "PBR Hall of Fame to Open in 2023". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Snyder to be inducted into Ring of Honor". Professional Bull Riders. June 17, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  5. ^ "Ted Nuce - Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame". Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "Jim Shoulders - Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame". Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame - Museum of the American Cowboy". Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "The Bull Riding Hall of Fame". The Bull Riding Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  9. ^ "PBR | Heroes & Legends". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  10. ^ a b c d "Professional Bull Riders - Heroes and Legends". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  11. ^ a b c "Bushwacker to receive Brand of Honor". Professional Bull Riders. June 22, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  12. ^ "PBR | Heroes & Legends". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  13. ^ "Professional Bull Riders - Jim Shoulders Lifetime Achievement Award. The inaugural recipient in 2011 was ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee bullfighter Rob Smets". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  14. ^ "Rob Smets - Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame". Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  15. ^ "PBR | Heroes & Legends". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  16. ^ "PBR | Heroes & Legends". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  17. ^ "PBR | Heroes & Legends". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  18. ^ "PBR | Heroes & Legends". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved May 11, 2020.

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