Big & Rich compadre, country rapper and former Nashville Star co-host Cowboy Troy added another bullet point to his impressive resume Sunday, winning the PBR’s “Air Force Invitational” Built Ford Tough Series event in Worcester, Mass.
Troy, last name Coleman on his birth certificate, topped two-time Professional Bull Riders World Champion Chris Shivers and Brazilian superstar Guilherme Marchi’s averages by more than 3 points to take his first prize in the esteemed event.
“Booyah!” exclaimed Troy as he gently dismounted from his final 90+ point ride, Little Yellow Jacket, all but certain of his victory. Although the genial rapper’s bullriding prowess was a well-kept secret up until his participation in the event, the final posted results came as no surprise to anyone who bore witness to his complete dominance of PBR favorites Pinball Wizard, Sling Blade and Pandora’s Box. When asked if he was surprised by his win, Coleman smiled: “A little, I reckon, but shucks man, I’ve been riding and roping since I was a little buckaroo.”
Although Troy is an anomaly for the PBR circuit at well over six feet tall, he is surprisingly agile atop the monstrous animals, ducking smoothly with the bulls’ bucks and keeping a low center of gravity. “He beats all I’ve seen” said North Carolina’s JB Mauney. “Damnation he’s good; ain’t he had enough success in the music world? I play chicken with the trayeeeyain.”
Troy took home a brand new black 2010 Ford F-250 along with a $326,000 purse for his efforts. “Yeeeehaw! Oh you didn’t know?” he yelled to the crowd before making his victory circle (pictured). “I got the skills that instill thrills like hydraulics on a Cadillac convertabill… gitchoosome!!!!”
Troy, who parted ways with Warner Bros. Nashville in 2008, will reportedly use some of his winnings to finance a new indie “hick hop” album tentatively titled Say It Loud, I’m Country and I’m Proud for late 2009 release.
Reported by “Trailer” Parkman of Farce the Music