PUEBLO, Colo. – Justin Koon announced on his Facebook Fan Page Monday morning he is retiring from the sport of professional bull riding.
“After riding bulls since I was 10 years old, a lot surgeries, and time spent swapping back and forth from still riding and to be done, I think I can finally say that I’m done riding and be content with decision,” he wrote. “This is a huge decision for me. I’ve been hurt so many times and have continued to get up and move forward like most bull riders do that there never was a question in my mind that I was going to keep riding. It’s just a little different now. I’ve all my parts fixed and really don’t want to get worked on anymore.”
Koon made his Built Ford Tough Series debut in 2006 when he went 1-for-2 at the Billings, Montana, event. He eventually competed full time on the BFTS in 2011 and 2012, qualifying for the Built Ford Tough World Finals each season.
However, it was at the 2012 Finals when Koon’s career was forever altered when he sustained a concussion, broken left forearm, broken jaw, lacerated chin and multiple bruises of the right shoulder and arm attempting to ride Mick E Mouse in the fourth round.
It would be the final BFTS event of his career.
He concluded the season a career-best 24th in the world standings.
Koon posted a career-high 17 rides, including a 90-point ride on T-Rex in Atlanta, six Top-5 finishes and eight Top-10 finishes that season.
Koon spent two years recovering from various injuries before returning to competition in 2014 at the Little Rock, Arkansas, Touring Pro Division event. He competed again in Enid, Oklahoma, in what would be the final PBR event of his career.
“I got on a few bulls last fall and the only reason, was the money,” Koon admitted. “Not one part of me wanted to be traveling, just didn’t enjoy it like I have for the past 20 years. I am happy with my bull riding career and thank God every day for all the blessings that he let in my life along the way.”
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