|Birth Date||1 June 1987|
|Known For||Model & bull rider|
|Highest Score||33 (Team Freestyle)|
|Lowest Score||22 (Cha-Cha-Cha)|
Originally retrieved from abc.com
In fourteen months, Bonner Bolton went from sitting atop the standings as the world's number one bull rider to being paralyzed to becoming an international fashion model. He had been leading the PBR's 2016 season opener when he landed on his head when dismounting the bull. He splintered his C-2 vertebra, was temporarily paralyzed and given a one percent chance to walk again. Following spinal fusion surgery and during his remarkable recovery, IMG Models signed the cowboy from west Texas for global representation, and he's been featured in major photo shoots and ad campaigns. Bolton, 29, joined Dancing with the Stars to continue to blaze a trail for PBR cowboys crossing into the mainstream while he evangelizes the cowboy code of hard work, honesty, courage and compassion.
Bolton grew up on a ranch in west Texas and started mounting steers when he was ten. Before breaking his neck, he had persevered through several serious injuries to rank among the world's top bull riders. In 2008 he tore his right bicep clean off the bone, sidelining him for nearly a year. In 2015 he came off a collarbone broken in four places to finish seventh at the PBR World Finals. Prior to his nearly catastrophic injury, he played Scott Eastwood's stunt double in the major motion picture, The Longest Ride.
Bolton credits his father Toya, an old-school cowboy who rode bulls professionally for twenty years, with teaching him how to ride, take care of his body and maintain the toughness necessary to stay on powerful bucking bulls more than ten times his size.
Dancing with the Stars 24
He was partnered with Sharna Burgess. They placed 5th.
|Week #||Dance / Song||Judges' Scores||Result|
|1||Cha-Cha-Cha / "Move"||6||5||5||6||No elimination|
|2||Viennese Waltz / "Unlove You"||8||6||8||7||Safe|
|3||Charleston / "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)"||6||6||6||6||Safe|
|4||Foxtrot / "Feeling Good"||8||8||8||8||Safe|
|5||Tango / "When Can I See You Again?"||7||8||8||7||Safe|
|6||Rumba / "I Want It That Way" |
Team Freestyle / "Dancing Machine", "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" & "Best Song Ever"
|7||Paso Doble / "Rodeo: Four Episodes" |
Rumba Dance-Off / "I Will Always Love You"
|8||Argentine Tango / "Believer" |
Trio Jazz / "That's What I Like"
- Bonner is the second bull rider to appear on the show.