Ross Coleman was the first PBR rider in history
to record 400 career qualified rides on the Built Ford Tough
Series, and the Oregon native chuckled at the notion of being able
to remember them all.
One ride he does recall took place 10 years ago, when he rode
Dillinger for a career-best 93.5 points.
It was in Fort Worth, Texas, and it was the second time the two
of them had met up. The first time was a year earlier in Houston,
when he bucked off at the 4-second mark. Dillinger was marked 46
points that day, and Coleman said that if he had not made such a
big move, which pulled him down in the well, he would have likely
rode Dillinger that night too.
But it gave him confidence in 2002.
"I was pumped up," said Coleman, who has watched the second ride
back several times through the years on highlight reels.
He bucked off Hammer, who was marked 47 points a round earlier,
after covering Capone for 90.5 points in the opening round. Had it
not been for the earlier buckoff, he would have won the event, but
instead, he finished second for the third time in a stretch of
Jim Sharp won the event, and looking back 10
years later, Coleman still had strong feelings about that day.
"I finished second, which is pretty cool," Coleman said, "but I
was pretty frustrated because of the long-go bull."
Dillinger, a two-time World Champion Bull (2000 and 2001), was
big, strong and uncharacteristically athletic for a bull weighing
close to 2,000 pounds. Unlike other larger bulls at the time - such
as Dog Face and Rapid Fire - Coleman described Dillinger as being
tall, lengthy and having a long neck.
In spite of his size, Dillinger moved like some of today's
younger, more athletic bulls, Coleman said, but with a great deal
Dillinger was also known for being what Coleman described as a
hair-trigger in the bucking chute, which could be equally
distracting and intimidating for most riders.
That night in Fort Worth, Coleman said Dillinger took two long
jumps out of the gate and tried to string him out on the end of his
rope. Had he turned back sooner and faded across the front of the
chutes, Coleman would likely have had an easier time making the
"A bull like that you can't forget," said Coleman, who said he
felt like he was at the top of his game in 2002, "a World Champion
Later this year, both Coleman and Dillinger will be honored in
Las Vegas the night before the start of the World Finals.
Coleman will be inducted into the Ring of Honor, while Dillinger
will be the second bull in PBR history to receive the Brand of
"That'll be a good day," said Coleman, who in 322 career events
recorded 812 outs, 402 qualified rides, six event wins, 59 Top-5
finishes and 95 Top-10 finishes. "Yes sir. There (isn't anything)
wrong with that."
Between now and then, Coleman is preparing to play host his
eighth annual Touring Pro Division event in his hometown of
Coincidentally, Buckey, one of the few bulls he said reminds him
of Dillinger, will be competing at the upcoming event, which takes
place Aug. 3-4, at the Molalla Buckaroo Grounds.
When asked to compare the two, Coleman said, "They blow and
jump, and they really kick. They have a lot of kick to them. The
second jump out of that box, I guarantee you, they're going to kick
the lights out.
"Buckey can be a hair-trigger in that box, too, and comes out a
little honky sometimes."
Although Coleman said there's no way for a TPD event to
completely replicate the production of a BFTS event, his team of
organizers go to great lengths each year to make the event as close
as possible. For the past four years, it's been named the PBR
Sanctioned Event of the Year.
In past years, the event has raised more than $200,000 for the
Make-a-Wish Foundation of Oregon. This year, they'll be making a
donation to Western Wishes.
As always, Coleman's "best pards" Luke Snyder,
Brendon Clark and Colby Yates
will be competing in Molalla. They'll be joined by J.B.
Mauney, Cord McCoy, Stormy
Wing, Lachlan Richardson, Chance
Roberts, Reese Cates and Oregon-native
Justin McBride, who attended the University of
Nevada-Las Vegas with Coleman, will perform both Friday and
Saturday nights, following the bull riding event.
ADVANCED TICKET PURCHASES are available by
visiting www.ticketswest.com, and
searching for the "Ross Coleman Invitational." Advanced ticket
purchases are discounted, and Friday, Aug. 3, will feature a family
special on ticket prices.
UP-AND-COMERS have been impressing Coleman this
year. The 33-year-old Coleman said Stormy Wing is "a bulling riding
Jose. I guarantee you I like everything about that Stormy Wing.
He's got a little jump and kick in his walk. He (doesn't) mess
Another Texan that has impressed Coleman is Bonner
Bolton. "He's a solid, nice young man," Coleman said, "and
his dad was a heck of a good bull rider from Texas."
Chance Roberts, who hails from Illinois, is someone Coleman said
"has a heck of a lot of talent."
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