Meet The MAD 10 Part 2
Ten riders, The “Mad 10”, have been chosen by you – the fans – and PBR legends to compete in the BlueDEF Bucking Madness Boot Camp for a chance to win $25,000 and an opportunity to compete in the BlueDEF Tour World Finals. In less than a week, the Mad 10 will be descending upon Bowie, Texas, to lay it all on the line to achieve their ultimate goal –becoming a PBR Pro. However, before we get to Boot Camp, let’s get to know the “Mad 10.” Below are the final five riders, in no particular order. Check out the first 5 MAD 10 Rider Bios here.
Hometown: Hamilton, NJ
Justin McCall saw his first bull riding event at 6 years old and has been hooked ever since. He didn’t start riding seriously until a few years later when he moved to Lebanon, Pennsylvania, hooking up with a local practice pen. From there, Justin continued entering local events, earning his first buckle in 2012. Outside of bull riding, Justin works full time at a window manufacturing company in northern New Jersey. In his free time, Justin rides horses, preferably bareback, with his girlfriend. Justin is eagerly awaiting Boot Camp to start and is excited for the opportunity to learn from the top guys in PBR.
Hometown: Pinedale, NM
Patrick Chee was raised on and off the Navajo Reservation; spending the majority of school terms in urban areas and summers with his grandparents and relatives in rural areas around the Navajo Nation. He’s a second-generation bull rider that began riding competitively at 7 years old in steer riding events. Patrick found early success winning junior rodeo association titles. In high school, he had to put his bull riding career on hold because it was no longer financially feasible and began to focus on his academics. Upon earning his Masters in Public Health from the University of New Mexico, it became financially realistic for him to ride bulls again. Patrick resumed riding bulls in 2012, where he started entering PBR Touring Pro Division events. In 2014, Patrick found success in the Indian Rodeo Circuit and won the Navajo Nation Fair Rodeo and the International Indian Nation Finals Rodeo. Outside of bull riding, Patrick is enjoying married life (he married is wife on 8/8/15).
Hometown: Norco, CA
Ricky Hallam, has been riding bulls for 16 years. He started riding calves at 6 years old and found success at every level along the way, earning three championship saddles and 80 buckles. When not riding bulls, Ricky is working as a home inspector. He and his girlfriend own a boarding and training facility at their ranch in Norco, California. Heading into Boot Camp, Ricky is preparing by riding in the Ventura and Norco Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association events. Ricky is looking forward to Boot Camp, he has committed is whole life to the sport of bull riding and is ready to capitalize on this opportunity.
Hometown: Waterloo, IN
Ryan Miller’s passion for bull riding started as a kid when his parents took him to the rodeo in Elkhart, Indiana. Ryan rode his first bull at 18 and has not stopped since. He returned to the Elkhart rodeo to win the event he grew up watching, and he currently rides in the Sothern Extreme Bull Riding Association. In 2014, Ricky was a PBR Touring Pro Division Finals contestant and Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association Finals Contestant, as well as a BlueDEF Velocity Tour event winner in Cleveland. Heading into Boot Camp, Ricky has been practicing every day on his drop barrel and is ready to learn from the PBR greats.
West Plaines, MO
Travis Smith grew up around rodeo and bull riding. His older brother, Jared, got involved in bull riding and began entering rodeos. Travis and his father went to watch Jared at a rodeo in Paragould, Arkansas, where they also had steer riding. Travis and his father decided to give it a shot. Travis got thumped on the head before the steer made it to the end of the gate, but at 8 years old he was in love with the sport. Travis is currently a full-time student at Missouri Valley College where he’s a member of the Missouri Valley Rodeo Team. In preparation for Boot Camp, Travis is constantly getting on bulls and staying tuned up. He’s mentally prepared and looking forward to the opportunity to learn from PBR greats.