Ross Coleman - Legend

Date: 23 Apr 2015 08:54

Original Post: August 16, 2013

Ross Coleman was born a cowboy. Raised on a working cattle ranch in Oregon, Ross rode his first calf at the age of 7. He won national high school bull riding and all-around titles in 1997, and he won the all-around title at the College National Finals Rodeo in 1998. He competed for 13 years on the Professional Bull Rider’s Built Ford Tough Series and qualified for the World Finals 12 times. He set a PBR record for money earned on a single ride in 2001 when he won $100,000 on one 8 second ride. Ross retired from bull riding in 2011 and was given PBR’s highest honor when he was inducted into the PBR’s Ring Of Honor last October.

Ross retired from riding bulls, but he did not retire from the sport. He is still very active in the PBR. He is involved with ABBI’s Back Seat Buckers, a program that allows the general public to get involved with the bull business. Ross has had stints with the Ford Invasion - Clash of the Cowboys. He states, “I have been around bull riding my entire life, so it’s great being able to stay involved with that through Backseat Buckers and Clash of the Cowboys.” Ross was the founder and host of the Ross Coleman Invitational in his hometown of Molalla, Ore. He started the RCI in 2005 to help raise money for his childhood friend, Jack Peterkin, who was fighting and eventually beat cancer. Over the next 6 years, he raised more than $200,000 for Make-A-Wish Oregon

Ross continues to live the SAYiWON’T lifestyle, and he says the creed relates to every aspect of his life. He states, “I continue to challenge myself in everything I do. Whether it be training horses, teaching my kids to ride and rope, or teaching myself to be a better roper, SAYiWON’T motivates me to face any new challenge.” 

Ross states that his biggest challenge he has had to overcome is “adjusting to life after riding bulls. Bull riding was my life for so long. Now that it’s gone I have to change gears and focus on the future and how to provide for my family. My family is the most important thing to me now. Before, I was traveling all of the time and was worried about riding my next bull, but now I worry about making the best life for my family.” Ross and his wife, Amy, have three boys and now live in Texas. He is hosting roping events and Ross Coleman Bull Riding Schools. He has held the “Wide Open Pasture Roping” along with several other team roping events.

As much as Ross did in the arena, it doesn’t compare to what he did outside of the arena. He is an ambassador for the sport and has made a huge impact on so many people, including the SAYiWON'T Team. Ross is a true cowboy and is one of the most giving people we’ve ever met. He is always willing to lend a helping hand (Watch this Example) and show people how to make the most of their opportunities. Ross has been a part of the SAYiWON’T family from the beginning and we are honored to have him on our team. When asked to describe himself in one word, Ross answered "COWBOY". SAY i WON'T! 

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