For the last 20 years, nearly every weekend of the year Cord has traveled across the country competing in the sport of bull riding.
As of last week his bull rope has been hung up for good. The "riding redhead" from Okie Land has officially retired. It's been something that he has been thinking about for a little while. Questions like 'What's next' would arise for him. I can't imagine the thought process that goes into it, but for Cord I know it's something that has been weighing on his mind for the last year. Considering that riding rough stock competitively is all he's ever done, it wasn't an easy decision.
I'm so grateful for the fact that he was able to make the decision on his own. Sometimes due to injury or family circumstances cowboys aren't able to decide when they're done competing professionally. Fortunately, Cord had the opportunity to think it all over and was able to walk away content with his decision, and above all else - he is able to walk away healthy. Thanks be to God.
I would like to thank all of the great fans for supporting Cord, the PBR and for continuing to support all his buddies. If it wasn't for the fans the sport of bull riding wouldn't be alive and growing!
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I would also like to thank the PBR for giving Cord the opportunity to compete at the highest level in the industry and for all the doors that the sport has opened for him along the way.
Special thanks to all the past and present sponsors of the PBR as a whole, especially those that gave Cord the opportunity to represent a particular company first hand while competing. Cord has always taken pride in representing his sponsors proudly and I know he and I both greatly appreciate your support along the way.
Lastly, I'd like to thank the riders and the bullfighters. Cord greatly admires all the friendships he's made along the way and I know the camaraderie amongst everyone at the bull ridings is something that he is going to miss the most.
It's definitely bittersweet. For part of me it's sad to see something that he has put so much time, hard work, and effort into his whole life coming to an end, but at the same time it's a big relief. Knowing he won't be risking his life on a regular basis eases my mind, and I think for both of us a big weight has been lifted off our shoulders.
Since we've been together, nearly every weekend has consisted of flying or driving to a bull riding and everyday has consisted of juggling the highs and lows that come with the sport. We look forward to seeing what God has in store for us next. As for now, my nerves of watching Cord ride have shifted right over to our competition bulls.
This was the first year that rather than hopping on a flight for
the PBR World Finals, we spent days preparing and packing the
trailer full of feed and bulls for the long drive to Las Vegas.
Just as the Finals is an opportunity for the bull riders to win
big, the same goes for the bull owners. We're grateful to have the
opportunity to compete with a trailer load of bulls at the World
Finals the same year that he's retiring from the sport of bull
riding. Win, lose, or otherwise we are looking forward to another
great PBR World Finals!
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