This year's Ring of Honor awards will be presented to Bobby DelVecchio and Cody Snyder, both accomplished athletes as well as distinguished ambassadors of the industry. Both recipients will be introduced during in-arena ceremonies held at the upcoming PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals. Each man will then be presented with a gold ring commemorating his induction into the Ring of Honor. .
From the heart of the Bronx in New York, Bobby DelVecchio is the original urban cowboy. He embarked on a rodeo career against all odds from an area where cowboys were unheard of. Ultimately DelVecchio earned the 1981-82 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Reserve World Championship, the 1983 PRCA Texas Circuit Championship, and qualified to compete at the National Finals Rodeo six consecutive times from 1980 through 1985. DelVecchio charted new territory both in and out of the arena, and has devoted his life to the betterment of the bull riding industry.
Since retiring from competition, the gritty New York native has become a Texas transplant and is now making his mark on the booming bull breeding business. In 1988 DelVecchio had the idea to collect semen, something that was hardly commonplace in the rodeo world at that time, from Dell Hall's 105 and Bennie Beutler's 018 Cowtown. His plan was to raise world champion
bucking bulls. Bobby and Sissy DelVecchio's Flying D Ranch in Santo, Texas has in production, via embryo transfer, genetics representing 18 world championship titles earned by an elite group of the best bucking bulls of all time.
More than 100 million viewers tune in each year to the PBR on FOX, NBC, VERSUS and on a host of foreign networks across the globe. With approximately 500 hours of prime time programming annually PBR ranks among the most prolific sports on air, in addition to attracting over one and one half million live event attendees each year with its multi-tiered event structure which includes the marquee Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler, the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Challenger Tour, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tour, and the Discovery Tour, designed specifically for entry level contestants. The PBR's governing board of directors is comprised of renowned bull riders who have developed the event into a stand alone sport which is experiencing unprecedented growth in global popularity. The PBR is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., and has over 1,200 PBR bull riders compete in more than 300 PBR sanctioned competitions in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico.
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Professional Bull Riders Name 2006 Ring of Honor Recipients
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 4, 2006) - An elite class of 25 exceptional individuals have now been recognized by the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) as Ring of Honor recipients. The PBR Ring of Honor, which was established in 1996, is an award determined annually by the PBR Board of Directors. The Ring of Honor recognizes those that have made a profound impact on the sport both in the arena, as well as through their accomplishments in the industry as a whole.