Professional bull riders, probably more than most folks, appreciate the holidays and the time they get to spend with family and friends. Being on the road most of the year, chasing the dream of winning the world buckle, oftentimes means they miss out on those special occasions, as well the time to reflect and look to the future.
We caught up with several of the top athletes in the PBR and ask them to share their favorite holiday traditions and plans for the Christmas break, as well as their New Year's resolutions.
Here's what they had to share:
Favorite holiday tradition: I am still the little kid that jumps up as soon as my eyes open on Christmas morning. I love Christmas and what we are celebrating ― family, food and, of course, the presents!
New Year's resolution: Since I was a sophomore in high school, I have always set my goals on New Year's. I've accomplished most, failed at a couple. It keeps my drive alive, having something to shoot for. Merry Christmas y'all and a happy PBR YEAR.
Favorite holiday tradition: It's putting up lights like Clark Griswold (lol).
New Year's resolution: I want to stay in shape all year and drink less beer.
Favorite holiday tradition: Eating all the food.
New Year's resolution: I want to win the 2013 gold buckle.
Favorite holiday tradition: This year we are going to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., to see the Christmas lights. I'll put up Christmas lights on the house, pick out a tree, do a little duck hunting, wait until the last minute to shop for everybody and, of course, head to Raymore, Mo., to take my grandma to candle-lighting on Christmas Eve.
New Year's resolution: I want to ride really good in 2013 to pay for our new house we bought over the break.
Favorite holiday tradition: It's pretty simple: family and food.
New Year's resolution: It's not as simple. I want to fully meet the expectations that I have set for myself.
Favorite holiday tradition: We always spend Christmas Eve making reindeer food with our boys, making cookies for Santa and doing fireworks. On Christmas morning we get up and see what gifts the boys received, and spend the day playing and eating. It's always fun to see the excitement in our boys' eyes this time of year. It's really important though that we remind them about the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus' birth.
Favorite holiday tradition: My wife and I spend Christmas with her parents. I had some traditions when I was in Australia, but it's been a long time since I've spent Christmas over there. We hang out with my in-laws and their family; they live close, right across the road. We'll spend Christmas night over there. This year we'll have some Australian friends who live around the corner and some more Australian friends coming from Texas, so we are going to have a little bit of an Australian Christmas over here. I'm going to cook sausage rolls, which is an Australian thing. We will have meat pies and cook some Australian desserts.
New Year's resolution: Work harder than I did last year.
Favorite holiday tradition: Enjoying time with my folks, my sister and friends, and doing some team roping. (Ryan said he likes to heel, but will head if he has to.) Heeling is a lot more fun.
New Year's resolution: I want to ride bulls to the best of my ability. I want to be on my A-game all season long. I can't wait for 2013.
Favorite holiday tradition: Spending time with the family. As much as we are on the road and traveling and competing, our families don't see us much unless we are on TV. It's always nice to go back home to spend quality time with family and friends, people that support us to get us where we are at. Also, there's all the good food. I have family in El Dorado (Ark.) and in Monticello (Ark.), so I'll be all over. We also like to hunt. After Christmas lunch, everyone likes to get together and go hunting.
New Year's resolution: I'm looking forward to a healthy year. With the new point season that they've developed, it's going to help a lot of guys out. It's going to be a great year, going to these events and being with my friends.
Favorite holiday tradition: Spending time with family and, of course, eating. I also watch a lot of football (he's a Broncos fan now because of Peyton Manning). My grandpa is a really good cook and smokes the ham, so I always look forward to that. We'll have 15 to 20 at the house.
New Year's resolution: Just stay consistent. The guy who rides the most bulls wins the world title. If you are consistently riding your bulls, you are going to be in the Top 5 or Top 10. I just want to be consistent at each event. I haven't been able to ride to my ability yet on the PBR tour, but it's just a matter of time when I ride like I really can.
Favorite holiday tradition: We buy a new Christmas tree ornament each year. On our way home from Australia, we picked one up at the airport. (Jordan and his wife Philicia were in Australia in November for three PBR Australian Cup Series events).
New Year's resolution: Jordan and Philicia are expecting their first baby in 2013, with a due date of July 4. Their new year will undoubtedly be filled with great joy.
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