Throughout the 2013 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough season Jory Markiss quickly became a fan favorite and one of the most animated riders on the tour. His status became apparent with the casting of votes, over two million to be exact, over a one month time frame to see who was the “Sexiest Cowboy” in the PBR today. Along with this notable title came the honor of being on the cover of an exclusive edition of a New York Times Best Seller Book. Nicholas Sparks had decided to partner with the Professional Bull Riders to give the cover of his book “The Longest Ride” to the winner of the “Sexiest Cowboy” contest which can only be bought through Walmart.
The special paperback edition is one of many different covers that have featured some of the most well known Hollywood superstars in the past. This impressive list includes Channing Tatum, Kevin Costner, Richard Gere, Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron. As this impressive list gets longer and longer we can all add Jory Markiss to the notable names starting today. The newest edition of “The Longest Ride” is available for purchase in stores now and can also be purchased on line through Walmart’s website here.
Jory Markiss and Nicholas Sparks Debuting The Most Recent Cover Of “The Longest Ride”
Photo Credit: PBR.com
Jory Markiss revealed the top honor as well as the cover of the most recent version of book in January in New York at Madison Square Garden. He spoke about how humbled he is to be voted the sexiest cowboy in the Professional Bull Riders and how honored and excited he is about the chance to grace the cover of such a great novel. Markiss spoke at the press conference saying, “I can’t believe that the PBR fans came together with fans of Nicholas Sparks’ novels and voted me as the sexiest PBR cowboy. I just like to ride bulls and entertain audiences and can only hope they enjoy themselves as much as I do each weekend. Being selected as a finalist was amazing enough, but winning is unbelievable and very humbling”. This novel is only fitting to have a fan favorite PBR bull rider on the cover as it is written about a fictional PBR bull rider, Luke Collins.
Jason and The Rodeo Round Up team had a chance to catch up to Jory at The American Rodeo in Arlington, Texas. Below you can see what he has to say about all of the fame and the opportunities that he has been given because of it. It is refreshing to see that someone with a rise to stardom so quickly can still be a human being and remembers where they came from to get to where they are today. You can see what I am talking about by how he handles himself during our interview this last March.
Make sure to pick up your copy of “The Longest Ride” at your local Walmart stores starting this morning. These special edition will only be sold at Walmart and on their website so make sure to get a copy today as I have a feeling stores will be selling out of this very quickly. Remember if you can not find it in the stores you can order it on line and have it shipped to you or shipped to the store for easy pick up. Be sure to have the copy you purchased with you at an upcoming Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series event for you chance to get it signed by the man on the cover, the one and only Jory Markiss, the World’s Sexiest Cowboy!!