Jun 14, 2012 7:27 PM by Scott Breen - Q2 Sports
PUEBLO, Colo. - The Professional Bull Riders organization is pleased to announce that Ross Coleman will be inducted into the PBR Ring of Honor this October.
"This is the coolest thing," Coleman said. "It is a big deal for me. My first goal was to ride in the PBR. I was then fortunate enough to be able to compete against the world's best bull riders for many years. Now, to be selected to join the Ring of Honor - that is a tremendous honor and something you dream of accomplishing in any sport."
Coleman retired in 2011 after competing for 13 seasons on the Built Ford Tough Series, and qualifying for the Built Ford Tough World Finals 12 times from 1999-2010. He made history as the first rider to compete in 300 BFTS events, record 800 outs, and earn 400 qualified rides. He set a PBR record for money earned on a single ride in 2001, when he won $100,000 for riding Tuff-E-Nuff in a bonus round at Columbus, Ohio. He became the 10th rider in history to earn $1 million, and is currently ranked 14th in career earnings with more than $1.4 million.
"We are honored to welcome Ross Coleman as the newest member of the Ring of Honor," said PBR Chairman and CEO Jim Haworth. "Ross was an exemplary bull rider, and even after his retirement he has continued to be a tremendous ambassador for our sport."
He is the founder and host of the Ross Coleman Invitational in his hometown of Molalla, Ore., which riders have voted the best Touring Pro Division event four times. Since its beginning in 2005, it has raised more than $200,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon, which presented Coleman with its Katie's Star Award in 2008. The event has also been honored as the Oregon Festival and Events Association Sporting Event of the Year.
Coleman won the all-around title at the College National Finals Rodeo in 1998, while on scholarship at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and won national high school bull riding and all-around titles in 1997.
Coleman is currently is VIP Sales & Services for Back Seat Buckers, and is also a member of Ford Invasion. Back Seat Buckers is an American Bucking Bull, Inc., program that allows anyone the opportunity to become involved as a stock contractor. Coleman joins Brendon Clark, Luke Snyder, Colby Yates and Dickies® DuraBullfighter Shorty Gorham as part of the Built Ford Tough Invasion, which takes fans behind the scenes as a Ford Truck makes the ultimate road trip across America.
The PBR Ring of Honor was created in 1996 to recognize those who have had the most profound impact on bull riding, both in and out of the arena. The 35 members share a common bond of courage, strength and victory. They have shown their dedication and support while playing a significant role in helping professional bull riding become what it is today. Honorees include the great Jim Shoulders, PBR founding fathers Ty Murray and Cody Lambert, three-time PBR World Champion Adriano Moraes, two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride, and PBR World Champions Troy Dunn and Michael Gaffney. The Ring of Honor, the PBR's equivalent of a Hall of Fame, is more than a fellowship: Each inductee is presented with a ring handcrafted of diamonds and gold bearing the PBR logo, the recipient's name and the year he was honored.