To be part of this team, you've got to
live and breathe our core philosophy:
“The Ridin’ Dirty lifestyle embodies the grit, fortitude
and gut instinct needed to achieve and survive
in situations when others quit. There are times in life
to practice a little restraint… this isn’t one of them.”
MEET TEAM RIDIN' DIRTY
MATT MERRITT: Professional Entertainer
HOMETOWN: Heflin, LA
CURRENTLY RESIDES IN: Olin, N.C.
MARITAL STATUS: Married since 2007 to wife Bonnie
CHILDREN: 2 daughters, daughters Ruia & Etta
CURRENT PROJECTS: I work numerous PRCA events but mainly PBR events including the Blue Def Velocity Tour, Touring Pro and the Australian Cup Series.
GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I have worked probably 15 or 20 World Finals but I am most proud of the PBR Australian Cup Finals in Sydney.
FAVORITE RIDIN' DIRTY PRODUCTS: I like the Ridin' Dirty shorts that I work events in because the show the subtle details of my manly figure.
HOW THE RIDIN' DIRTY MOTTO APPLIES TO YOUR LIFE: "Practice no Restraint" could likely fit in most people's day to day activities that take part in our western lifestyle. For me it is a way of life in and out of the arena. Entertaining fans at these events is no easy task, you have to truly "practice no restraint" and give every ticket holder their money's worth. Having a family including two small children at home makes my traveling a lot more stressfull than that of a single man. I will work over one hundred performances a year and I "practice no restraint' when it comes to getting back home to those I love. Unlike contestants, I plan to do this for quite some time. Its a lifetime career for me and I cant afford to let up. I make memories each time I perform if its simply seeing someone having fun or one of those special moments when I meet a kid who looks up to me.
HEROES & PEOPLE YOU LOOK UP TO: My heros in this buisness are Gary Crocker and Flint Rassmussen.
RITUALS OR HABITS: I always pray before each event and do some really weird stretches.
FAVORITE FOODS: Pan seared tuna steak with wasabi
IF YOU WEREN'T DOING THIS FOR A LIVING: I would probably play professional billiards.
HOW YOU SPEND FREE TIME/ HOBBIES: hunting, fishing
TRAVELING PARTNERS: My wife and kids go with me occasionally and I really like to travel with announcers and music directors that are working events with me.
ADVICE YOU'D GIVE TO OTHERS LOOKING TO GET INTO THE INDUSTRY: Find a way to look at people in an audience and connect with them, make each person feel like they are who you are there to entertain.
HOW CAN WE REACH YOU: Twitter- @mattmerritt8, facebook fan page Matt Merritt Professional Entertainer
KALEY MAE HOOK- Stock Contractor
CURRENTLY COMPETING IN: PBR, ABBI, WSBBA, BBOS (Bucking Bull Owners Syndicate)
BIRTHDAY: July 28, 1993
BORN & CURRENTLY RESIDES IN: Shandon, CA
MARITAL STATUS: Happily engaged!
FAVORITE RIDIN' DIRTY PRODUCTS: Love my baseball jersey style shirts ("Soleil"), and all the shirts with the "some girls just aren't meant to tamed" slogan.
HONORS, AWARDS, ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2013 PBR World Finals Bull qualifier ("California Kid"), 2012 High Point Stock Contractor with WSBBA, graduated high school in 2011, competed in National & International Track & Cross Country Championships at both high school & college levels,
HOW DOES THE RIDIN' DIRTY PHILOSOPHY APPLY TO YOUR LIFE? Before I even knew about Ridin' Dirty, I lived their philosophy. When I was for Track & Cross Country, I'd work till I bled. Today, I still work till I bleed. Sometimes it's just a cut on my finger, other times it's more; blood, sweat and go into my job as a Stock Contractor. If I quit, my bulls quit... that's not acceptable.
IF YOU WEREN'T A STOCK CONTRACTOR, YOU'D PROBABLY BE: Running professionally with my long time coach.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? What free time?! I work out at the gym, spend time with my parents & dogs, visit with friends.
FAVORITE MOMENT YOUR CAREER: When I won the Stock Contractor of the Year in 2012, and being the first female to do so. Another great memory was watching my bull Boots win Derby Bill of the Finals 2012, he was so awesome!
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Whoever is losing, I cheer for the underdog.
FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION: Bermuda
ADVICE TO OTHERS TRYING TO MAKE IT IN THIS SPORT: Don't be afraid to ask questions. Be aggressive yet respectful. Have a great support system of friends of family. Above all, be patient... this is a game that requires time and dedication. Plan on being in it at least 7 years before the income becomes substantial.
OTHER INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT YOU: I don't mind getting muddy... or getting crap on myself. I hate needles. I tend to overdress. I have a small tattoo of a treblehook which represents my family (3 Hooks.) I think I have manly hands so I get fake nails to dress them up. My favorite road trip artist Adrian The Buckaroo Girl.
RAY SMITH- Professional Bull Rider
CURRENTLY COMPETING IN: PBR Touring Pro Division
BIRTHDAY: February 26, 1989
HOMETOWN: Anchorage, AK
CURRENTLY RESIDING IN: Stephenville, TX
MARITAL STATUS: Single
FAVORITE RIDIN' DIRTY PRODUCTS: The Technical Cowboy long-sleeve shirts- I've never felt a riding shirt like them before, they're awesome. All are really soft and fit real well too. You'll catch me rockin' some RD every day!
HONORS/ AWARDS: 2-time Wrangler All Star Team member, 2005 High School District Bull Riding Champion, 2x National High School Finals Rodeo qualifier
YEAR TURNED PRO: 2007
HOW THE RIDIN' DIRTY PHILOSOPHY APPLIES TO YOUR LIFE: Every day I'm ridin' dirty! I believe that quitters never win & winners never quit.
HEROES & PEOPLE YOU LOOK UP TO: Ty Murray, Chris Shivers, my parents
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? Hang out with family & friends. Sunny days on the lake, bbq'ing, fishing, hunting, snowboarding, boarding
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Dallas Cowboys
FAVORITE TV SHOWS: PBR Built Ford Tough on CBS, Duck Dynasty
FAVORITE MOVIES: Tombstone, Gladiator, Step-Brothers
BROKEN BONES & INJURIES SUSTAINED: In 2013 in San Antonio, TX, one of Kent Cox's bulls stepped on my face at a TPD and broke my jaw in 3 places- now I have a metal plate and screws in there. I've fractured my eye orbit, broken vertebrae in my neck and got a lot of scrapes, scars and bruises pretty much everywhere.
ADVICE TO OTHERS TRYING TO MAKE IT IN THIS SPORT: Hold nothing back, give it everything you have. Believe in yourself, the sky is the limit as long as you believe. Have faith!
LANCE LARA- Junior Bull Rider
CURRENTLY COMPETING IN: MBR & Texas Youth Bull Riding Associations, and other open rodeos
BIRTHDAY: November 01, 2004
HOMETOWN: Snook, TX
CURRENTLY RESIDING IN: Caldwell, TX
BEEN COMPETING SINCE: Age 4
FAVORITE RIDIN' DIRTY PRODUCTS: I love my Ridin' Dirty t-shirts and hats
HONORS/ AWARDS: 2015 Easter Classic Jr. Mini Bull Riding Champion, 2014 Elite Mini Bull Riding Champion, 2014 Jr. Mini Bull Riding Champion, 2013 Texas State Champion, 2013 National Champion. Won so far- 5 saddles, 2 sets of Trophy Spurs, and over 50 buckles... and still going!
HOW THE RIDIN' DIRTY PHILOSOPHY APPLIES TO YOUR LIFE: I feel like you can't get anywhere in life without hard work and determination. I apply this daily to my bull riding!
HEROES & PEOPLE YOU LOOK UP TO: All of the PBR guys, especially JB Mauney- I want to be where they are someday.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? Playing "bull riding" on the trampoline with my siblings, baseball and basketball
FAVORITE COLOR: Purple
FAVORITE TV SHOWS: PBR on CBS, and a lot of shows on Disney, all of the sports channels
FAVORITE MOVIES: All of The Fast & the Furious movies
FAVORITE FOODS: Steak and cheese sticks
ADVICE TO OTHERS TRYING TO MAKE IT IN THIS SPORT: You have to believe in yourself in everything you do. And be confident, not cocky.