Professional Bull Riders: Heroes and Legends

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Professional Bull Riders Heroes and Legends Celebration honors four special divisions of the professional bull riding community. Each award recognizes a substantial contribution to the sport.[1]

Professional Bull Riders (PBR) is an international professional bull riding organization based in Pueblo, Colorado.[2][3] It began in 1992, when 21 bull riders pooled $1,000 each to found the organization, which was dedicated to bull riding separate from its traditional inclusion as one of several rodeo events.[2][3] Today, the PBR is one of the top ten fastest growing sports organizations in the world.[3] It sponsors the Unleash the Beast Series, where the top 35 best bull riders in the world compete, along with the best bucking bulls.[2][3]

Professional Bull Riders Champions[edit]

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

Ring of Honor[edit]

The PBR Ring of Honor is the equivalent of a Hall of Fame for bull riders.[4][5] 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 Unleash the Beast Series World Finals near the end of the year.[6]

It was created in 1996 with the inaugural induction of ProRodeo Hall of Fame members Jim Shoulders and Ted Nuce.[7][8]

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), which sanctions traditional rodeo, has the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.[9] The Bull Riding Hall of Fame located in Fort Worth, Texas, is not associated with the PBR.[10]

Recipients[edit]

2018

  • Gary Leffew

2017

  • Ricky Bolin
  • Lyle Sankey

2016

  • Owen Washburn

2015

2014

  • Bobby Berger
  • Adam Carrillo
  • Gilbert Carrillo

2013

2012

  • Ross Coleman
  • Mike White

2011

  • Tater Porter
  • Brent Thurman

2010

2009

2007

2006

  • Bobby DelVecchio
  • Cody Snyder

2005

  • Troy Dunn
  • Michael Gaffney
  • Bobby Steiner

2004

2003

2002

2001

  • Wacey Cathey

2000

  • Clint Branger

1999

1998

1997

1996

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.

Recipients[edit]

2018

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.[11] The PBR recognizes that "there are two great athletes in every ride".[12] Brand of Honor bulls are elite athletes who have gone above and beyond in the sport.[11] In 2016, Bushwacker was awarded the Brand of Honor. This three-time World Champion bucking bull, now retired, is universally considered to be the best in bull riding history.[12][13]

Recipients[edit]

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.[14] 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.[14] It was first awarded in 2011.[13][15][16]

Recipients[edit]

2018

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

2017

  • Doug Scott
  • Bill Selman

2016

  • Dr. Tandy Freeman

2015

  • Brett Hoffman

2014

  • David Allen

2013

  • Cotton Rosser

2012

  • Tom Teague

2011

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."[17] 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.[17] It is named for the wife of Jim Shoulders.[17] The PBR created his award in 2010 and honored inaugural inductee Tiffany Davis.[13][18]

Recipients[edit]

  • 2018 Jill McBride
  • 2017 Julie Carrillo
  • 2016 LeAnn Hart
  • 2015 Robyn Gaffney
  • 2014 Stacey Custer
  • 2013 Flavia Moraes
  • 2012 Jackie Dunn
  • 2011 Leanne Lambert
  • 2010 Tiffany Davis

Awardee's page on PBR website[edit]

Heroes and Legends - Ring of Honor

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998

1997

1996

Heroes and Legends - Brand of Honor

Heroes and Legends - Jim Shoulders Achievement Award

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

Heroes and Legends - Ty Murray Top Hand Award

Ty Murray Top Hand Award

2019

2018

Heroes and Legends - Sharon Shoulders Award

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional Bull Riders - Heroes and Legends". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Professional Bull Riders - About PBR". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Belzer, Jason. "Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Has Created The Most Authentic Sponsorship Platform In Sports". Forbes. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Professional Bull Riders - Ring of Honor". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Professional Bull Riders - Snyder to be inducted into Ring of Honor". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Professional Bull Riders - Dictionary". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Ted Nuce - Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame". Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Jim Shoulders - Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame". Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame - Museum of the American Cowboy". Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  10. ^ "The Bull Riding Hall of Fame". The Bull Riding Hall of Fame. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Professional Bull Riders - Brand of Honor". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Professional Bull Riders - Brand of Honor". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  13. ^ a b c "Bushwacker to receive Brand of Honor". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Professional Bull Riders - Jim Shoulders Lifetime Achievement Award". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ "Rob Smets - Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame". Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  17. ^ a b c "Professional Bull Riders - Sharon Shoulders Award". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Professional Bull Riders - Sharon Shoulders Award". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved November 23, 2016.