Men’s Fitness April cover star and bull-riding legend Guilherme Marchi made history on Saturday night at the PBR Stanley Invitational at Rimrock Auto Arena at Metrapark in Billings, Mont., when he recorded his 600th qualified ride.
Marchi, 34, hit the mark by completing a ride on a bull named Shocker, picking up 86.25 points in the process. A beaming Marchi was hoisted up by his fellow riders and carried to a platform in the arena to absorb the cheering crowd’s applause.
Marchi paid tribute to fans of the sport after receiving a buckle to mark his amazing achievement.
“I take my hat off to you guys,” he said, according to the Billings Gazette. “Because without you guys here, we are not here.”
To put things in context: The nearest rider to Marchi is Mike Lee, who has 519 rides. To possess the strength of mind and body to be able to compete in a sport so unforgiving as professional bull riding is testament to Marchi’s fierce drive and discipline, Marchi’s fellow bullriders said.
“I had a dream of coming to the United States and being a champion bull rider,” the history-maker said. “And dreams come true.”
Congratulations, Guilherme, and as the PBR poster says below, welcome to the 600 Club.