If you have wanted one more chance to see your favorite bull rider take to the ring once more, you may be getting your chance soon. In a press release dated Feb 16, 2015, the PBR (Professional Bull Riding) announced a list of legendary greats that will take to the ring one more time, with the chance to win a $160,000 prize.
This event takes place on May 30, in Decatur, Texas and is aptly called “The Ring of Honor: Unfinished Business.” This event, featuring some of the world’s best bull riders is part of the J.W. Hart Challenge and fans will be able to see it all happening live via PPV. The cost is $29.95 and fans will need to check their cable provider for channels and availability.
Eight of the World Champion best will go against each other in a winner take all, one night event. Five of the legendary bull riders have been challenged and accepted. Any PBR fan will recognize the names of these five greatest bull riders of all times.
Chris Shivers: Weighing in at 145 pounds, this Louisiana bull rider might be small in stature but he sits tall and commanding on the back of a PBR bucking bull. Shivers retired in 2012 as a two time World Champion of the PBR. Shivers leads the pack in 90 point rides and has held on for 8 seconds on some of the PBR’s rankest bulls.
Ross Coleman: Ross Coleman announced his retirement from the PBR in 2011. After 13 years on the circuit, and being away from home so much, he was ready to spend more time with his family. Before he retired, Coleman qualified for the PBR World Finals 11 times and made forty four 90 point rides. He was a favorite of both bull riders and fans.
Justin McBride: Any PBR fan knows this name and most were either at the arena or in front of their TV sets to cheer him on every time he climbed into a chute. McBride also claims a two time World Championship. McBride retired in 2008, though he did come back to compete one time in 2013 in Oklahoma City.
Michael Gaffney: Michael Gaffney was instrumental in helping to establish the PBR as we know it today. He was one of the cowboys that met in an Arizona motel room back in 1992 to discuss the sport of bull riding. Each of the cowboys threw down $1000 to start what is now known as the PBR. Since then Gaffney has rode and conquered some of the best bulls in the line-up, including making a historical ride on Little Yellow Jacket for a score of 96.5.
J.W. Hart: Hart was also instrumental in the development of the PBR back in that motel room. Hart, who has been dubbed “the Iron Man” has always promoted the PBR, both as a rider, an announcer and an organizer of events. Hart has spent more than 21 years on the pro bull circuit attending 28 events in 2007.
The remaining 3 bull riders who will compete in this “Unfinished Business” challenge will be announced Feb 27 in Arlington Texas. A few names might come to mind as contenders that match up to these 5 great PBR bull riders. Stay tuned for the release of those names!
For more on the ‘Ring of Honor: Unfinished Business” event or any other PBR news, log in to PBR.com or see some of the action on Facebook.