May 12, 2010 12:01 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
PBR fans can meet professional bull riders in person this Sunday and receive free autographs.
Aaron Roy, Beau Hill and Rocky McDonald will be at the Texas Roadhouse in Pueblo, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
They're in Pueblo for the Wild, Wild West Festival, which runs Friday-Sunday. The festival includes a PBR competition, and street fair with music food and booths.
Here are the bios for the PBR riders who'll be at Texas Roadhouse:
Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Rocky McDonald moved to the United States in 6th grade. At age 15, he began his riding career. "My brother and cousin rode, so I gave it a try," he says. The first time, my head slammed into the chute. The second time, I won second place at a rodeo and walked away with $600 - I'd discovered a pretty easy way to make money!"
Throughout his teens, McDonald rode in high school and junior rodeos and suffered many serious injuries. "One time, I fell off and a bull stepped on my head. I was out nine months and wore a helmet after that. Another time a bull stepped on my chest and damaged my liver and kidneys. That put me out five months," he recalls.
McDonald remains close to his Mexican roots. "I still have family and a rodeo business in Mexico. We sell roping steers, bull ropes, and other equipment, so I go back and forth every week," McDonald explains.
Known for his height and athletic ability, Beau Hill turned down college baseball scholarships to ride bulls. "I grew up around rodeo and knew this was my dream. So, I took a college rodeo scholarship instead," Hill says.
Hill credits his college coach to helping him improve. "I had the fundamentals down, but my coach worked with me a lot at our college arena. I started going to pro rodeos, which made all the difference in my riding."
The sport is not for the faint of heart. Hill has experienced a laundry list of injuries including a broken ankle, sternum, and foot, plus torn elbow ligaments, and a partially separated shoulder, just to name a few.
Aaron Roy joined Jack Daniel's team of Professional Bull Rider Aaron during the 2009 PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. Roy had an impressive win in two rounds and finished 4th overall earning well over $100,000.00 for his efforts.
Roy, who is Canadian, comes from a family of three bull-riding brothers. He holds many Canadian titles in bull riding including winning the 2008 National Championships and placing second in the 2009 National Championships. For two years, Roy represented his country as a member of Team Canada at the PBR World Cup.