The 2014 Heroes and Legends award ceremony and reunion winners have been announced by the Professional Bull Riders organization. There are four distinct categories that will have awards to be handed out throughout the evening’s festivities.
The first award, and the most well known of them all, The Ring of Honor is an award that is given each year and include some of the legends of the sport of professional bull riding. This is an annual award that is given to those that the organization deems “have made a significant and lasting contribution to the sport of professional bull riding.” Not only is it a physical ring that recognizes the contributions that each recipient has given to the sport but it also inducts those individuals “into a group of men whose blood, sweat, heartaches and handshakes have been instrumental to the present and future success of the sport.”
This year the Ring of Honor has three special inductees. Each of these men have given their entire lives to promote the sport that each of us dearly love to watch week in and week out. Not only have they worked countless years giving the PBR’s fans what they wanted to see but they have helped the Professional Bull Riders organization achieve the status and it has today and without their help we all would not be able to love the sport as much as we all do.
2014 Ring of Honor Inductee Adam Carrillo
The first inductee to the 2014 Ring of Honor is Adam Carrillo. The Professional Bull Riders athlete profile for Adam Carrillo says, “Adam Carrillo picked up four event wins during his career, including back-to-back victories in 1999 at Louisville, Kentucky, and Tunica, Mississippi. He also qualified for the World Finals nine times (1994-2001, 2004). His highest-recorded score, 94.5 points, was earned twice, once atop Jit in 1999 at the Louisville event and again aboard Washita Mud Slinger in Columbus, Georgia, in 2001.” As you can see this is an award well deserved by the first of the two Carrillo brothers receiving this award this coming October.
2014 Ring of Honor Inductee Gilbert Carrillo
Along with Adam, his twin brother Gilbert Carrillo will also be given the distinctive Ring of Honor award during the 2014 PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. Tuesday night will be a special night for both of these brothers. The PBR webiste athlete profile for Gilbert Carrillo states, “Gilbert Carrillo collected eight event wins throughout his 12-year PBR career, as well as 29 Top-10 finishes and 14 Top-5 finishes. He competed at the World Finals 10 times (1994-2003). He is one of six PBR bull riders to earn 96 points or higher during a ride and he accomplished this feat twice. In 2001 at the PBR St. Louis event he rode Perfect Storm and a year later at the Ty Murray Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he rode Blueberry Wine for the high-marked rides of his career.”
Professional Bull Riders co-founders Adam Carrillo and Gilbert Carrillo will be welcomed into the brotherhood of those awarded with the distinctive Professional Bull Riders Ring of Honor recognition this year as part of the 2014 PBR World Finals festivities.
The Carrillo twins retired from the PBR in 2006, competing at the Built Ford Tough World Finals from 1994-2004 and earning more than $1 million between them.
2014 Ring of Honor Inductee Bobby Berger
The third and final inductee into the 2014 Ring of Honor class is legendary all-around cowboy Bobby Berger. He has had quite the historic career within both the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and the Professional Bull Riding organization. The athlete profile on the PBR website says it best when it sums his career u by saying, “Bull riding legend Bobby Berger qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 22 times, including eight times for bull riding. He is the 1979 PRCA World Champion of Saddle Bronc Riding and a three-time National Finals Rodeo Average Champion earned in Saddle Bronc Riding (1980) and in Bull Riding (1969, 1971). Berger is also one of only six men to qualify for three events at the NFR in one year (1971) – bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding.” If you want to talk about one of the true legends of the sport of professional rodeo, not just bull riding, the name Bobby Berger should be close to the top of your list.
The Jim Shoulders Lifetime Achievement Award is named for perhaps the greatest western-sports athlete of all time. Jim Shoulders was a giant in and out of the arena, winning 16 world titles and becoming a household name in the process. The award recognizes some of the many whose efforts have built the PBR into a global phenomenon – stock contractors, contract personnel, employees, and more.
2014 Jim Shoulders Lifetime Achievement Award Winner David Allen
David Allen, a man who has supported the PBR since its beginning, was behind the PBR’s first event in Kansas City, Missouri, and also hired PBR Entertainer Flint Rasmussen to work a PBR event for the first time. Although he was asked to help the organization with sponsorship, the PBR, as a startup, could not afford Allen’s services. Instead, Allen was offered the opportunity to co-promote select PBR events, which included bringing and establishing the Ty Murray Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Congratulations to David Allen on a well deserved award and thank you for everything that you have done for the sport of professional bull riding and the dedication and contributions you have given to the Professional Bull Riders organization.
Started in 2010, the Sharon Shoulders Award recognizes the great women of professional bull riding; those whose work, partnership and faith have been as integral to the sport as the athletes themselves. It is named for the heroic wife of the legendary Jim Shoulders, whose tireless support enabled her husband to bring bull riding to millions.
2014 Sharon Shoulders Award Winner Stacey Custer
Stacey Custer, wife of PBR co-founder Cody Custer, has been a strong supporter of her husband during and after his bull riding career and their family. Sharon Shoulders states she is also a “good Christian role model for younger wives and an exemplary person.”
All the awards announced so far have been given to the human side of the sport of professional bull riding but this next award is completely different. The Brand of Honor, started in 2011, is bestowed upon the legendary bulls of the PBR. From the beginning, the organization has recognized that there are two great athletes in every ride, and the Brand is the natural extension of that recognition, honoring those animals whose spirit and skill have surpassed even the highest expectations of the bull riding world.
2014 Brand of Honor Inductee Bones
2010 World Champion Bull Bones, owned by Tom Teague, bucked in the PBR from 2007-2010. He made 34 outs on the Built Ford Tough Series and was ridden only four times for a buckoff percentage of 88.24 percent and a ranking of 15th overall in BFTS history. Bones qualified for three PBR World Finals in his four years, with an average bull score of 45.56 points on the BFTS. 2013 PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney covered the bovine for 93.50 points during the 2009 Oklahoma City event for the highest-combined score of the bovine’s career.
The Rodeo Round Up is proud to be a supporter of the Professional Bull Riders organization and will continue to be so many years down the road. All of the profiles for each inductee have been taken from the PBR’s website to give you accurate representation of each of this year’s recipients. All of us are excited to be a part of this memory making night at the South Point Hotel and Casino on the Tuesday night prior to the start of the 2014 PBR World Finals.
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