Eight Months VS Eight Seconds

By the time Trey Benton puts his rope around his first bull at the CBR World Finals in Cheyenne, he will have waited 8 months for a chance at 8 Seconds.

On April 4th, Trey Benton wrote on his personal Facebook page… 

“Yesterday is gone, you will never get it back. No one can tell you about tomorrow. But in the present all eyes are on you. #makethemostofit‬ ‪#‎lifeiswhatyoumakeit‬ ‪#‎Illbehavingthetimeofmylife‬”‬‬‬‬

What Trey Benton has made of his three years’ worth of yesterdays is over half a million dollars riding bucking bulls and when paired with the industry’s elite bovines he hears the whistle 60% of the time. He is listed in the top 25 “all time” bull riders in the category of 90 point plus rides. To date his Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) earnings are $377,224.00. Championship Bull Riding (CBR) paid him over $75,000 last year and that is just on the professional circuits that report to a central statistic base. His real earnings are probably close to a million dollars at the tender age of 23.



Born in 1991 in Rock Island, Texas, Thomas Benton, III (Trey) joined the PRCA and CBR in 2012. In that same year he qualified thru the Horizon Series for the CBR Road to Cheyenne televised tour. 

2012 was a good year for this calf roping, bull dogging, and exceptionally talented bull rider from South Texas. He launched his CBR career finishing a respectable 13th as a rookie rider. Benton placed in two rounds of his Wrangler National Finals Rodeo during his Vegas debut and finished ninth in the PRCA world standings. He won big rodeos that year with big scores. He finished the year as the PRCA Resistol Rookie Bull Rider of the Year.

In January of 2013 Benton was seriously injured riding a bull in Fort Worth.  He had facial reconstructive surgery due to some fractures and had to go back under the scalpel due to infections. Six weeks later he beat the odds, ignoring advice from doctors, and rode to win the CBR Bull Bash in Lufkin, Texas. He continued his winning ways qualifying for Cheyenne and finishing 6th in the final CBR World Standings. But less than two months later he would suffer a broken femur when he got off a bull at a rodeo. 

He recovered in time to not only qualify for the 2014 NFR, but he won Round 5 with a 90.5-point ride on Andrews Rodeo's Gun and Juice and finished 13th in the PRCA world standings with $91,959.



Benton mounted a comeback, statistically riding better than anyone else in the events he entered on the CBR tour in 2014. Missing three fourths of the events he still managed to win three CBR titles on his way to qualifying for the 2014 CBR World Finals. He then proceeded to Cheyenne, while traveling back and forth from the Nampa and Salinas rodeos, riding four of five bulls to finish 180 points, or two bull scores, behind #1 Sage Kimzey. Benton would finish the 2014 CBR season a personal best, #2.

Making the NFR and placing in three rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, including a second-place result in Round 3, 2014 was his best finish in professional rodeo as he closed the season as #3 in the world in PRCA and the #2 man in the CBR earning approximately $250,000 in 2014.

Benton suffered injuries during the 2014 NFR that subsequently kept him from the majority of the 2015 CBR tour. Benton gathered enough points during the fall events of Mercedes and Conroe to remain among the top 26 bull riders thus earning him an invitation to compete at the 2015 World Finals in Cheyenne. 

We caught up with Trey to talk about the CBR, injuries, and what his plans are between now and the end of the year.  


What type of injuries have kept you out of competition since the 2014?  

TB: I blew my left knee out the first round. I eventually had to have ACL and meniscus surgery in my right knee, MCL and ACL surgery in my left knee.


Were you in pain during the NFR and if so how did you persevere?

TB: I blew my left knee out the first round so I dealt with conflicting pain throughout the rest of the finals.


How do you prepare mentally for a comeback after injury? 

TB: Tell yourself how good you are and that you are fearless to anything in your way of reaching your goal. Injuries are just a bump in the road like everything else.


What is your major in College?

TB: I'm an agriculture communications major with a minor in agriculture engineering and science. (Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas)


Do you like school or is it still a "must" as the son of a teacher? 

TB: School is a necessity of being successful in life. It's just one of those things you have to get.


How did you hear about qualifying for the CBR World Finals?

TB: I was sitting in my living room with my buddies and was super excited to be able to have a chance at that. A few days before I received my pool for Calgary also so being entered in 2 huge rodeos before being released really brought my confidence up.


What has been your rehab routine?

TB: I'm back in the gym 2 times a week then go therapy 2 other times, I have been going for roughly the past 3 months.


Have you kept up with the new bulls in CBR?

TB: No because no bull is ever the same and if you can ride all of them it shouldn't matter what his name is.



What are your personal memories of Cheyenne?

TB: My rookie year I was 92 points to win the second round of the rodeo which was just 2 points off the arena record.

I think about putting myself in their category when I'm through. Motivation to fuel the fire.


Do you like the 3 round CBR format?

TB: My riding has gotten more consistent I feel like and the 3 bull format helped me get better with that.


Do you have a favorite bull?

TB: I like Corpus Red (JC Knapp). I felt he rode well and I've been 92.5 on him.


Favorite moment as a professional bull rider?

TB: The moment that I realize this lifestyle is one of a kind and I wouldn't trade it for the world.


Will your family be making the trip to Cheyenne?

TB: Of course, got to have my number one fans.


Who are you traveling with this summer? 

TB: The plan is Chandler Bownds, Elliot Jacoby, and Aaron Pass.


Who is your mentor as a rider, as a man?

TB: My dad has taught me so much about being a good person and how to never give up on anything you truly want. I've picked up a lot of things from different people but I feel Tiger Barker (Reid Barker's father) and Spook Adkins help me get to the next level of ranker bulls.


What is your philosophy of life? 

TB: You have got to know where you are headed.