Ryan Gray | Bareback Rider
- Hometown: Cheney, Washington
- Height: 5’7
- Weight: 155 lbs.
- Rookie Year: 2002
- DOB: 7/11/83
Ryan Gray, Professional Bareback Rider, has competed professionally since 2002. We asked Gray what excites him most about the sport he said,” Conquering! Every ride, event and rodeo is a challenge and a battle that you try to conquer. You will not always be at the top; I continually am preparing all week for each individual rodeo. It’s not easy; you have to be passionate about what you do.”
Gray is considered a veteran when it comes to professional rodeo. His advice for those just getting started is, “My advice would be to go into it with an open mind and be willing to learn. I suggest traveling with someone more experienced who knows the ropes and don’t ever be afraid to ask questions. There are many aspects you have to deal with and learn from such as the traveling, finances and the mental aspect of rodeo.”
Originally from Cheney, Washington Ryan now calls Reardan, Washington home with his wife Lacy and their son. His hobbies include remodeling and hunting with his wife. He also enjoys team roping and anything that has to do with horses and cattle..
Ryan Gray Q&A
Q: What are you most looking forward to in regards to the structure of an ERA event vs. a traditional rodeo?
A: I am looking forward to competing against the best guys and getting on the best stock. This will be something that none of us as athletes have ever experienced before. Rodeo is what we live for and this will be a new opportunity that will be a world class event.
Q: What does practice look like to you?
A: I use a spur board and try to stay in shape by training in the gym everyday.
Q: What does your family mean to your success?
A: They are the reason and purpose every time I compete. It is a risk every time I compete but it also provides for my family so each ride means that much more to me.
Q: Who was your mentor or role model at the start of your career?
A: My role model is my Uncle Jeff; he is who got me started.