Benton Bounces Back in the Bayou

Trey Benton III, or TB3 as he was introduced to the rowdy crowd assembled for the 8 Seconds to Glory Horizon Series in Thibodaux, La., rode two young bulls for an average of 176.25 points to pick up the check, custom trophy buckle, and just as valuable, a healthy dose of bull riding confidence to take with him to the 2016 Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tour.

“The pen of bulls were great - filled with bulls that are trying to make the Road to Cheyenne tour and both bulls I rode were Mike Rawson’s and they were outstanding,” said Benton after his final bull.

“The first one was just right and the second one was even better,” chuckled the three-time NFR qualifier.

After recuperating from a year of knee surgeries followed by re-injury during most of 2015, Benton seems to be well on his way to launching his 2016 Championship Bull Riding season as a healthy competitor. Benton had this to say about his 2015 struggles with injuries.

“I feel as good as I ever had, but as anyone knows in this business, you can get hurt on any given day.”

The bull riding began with six qualified rides in round one where Benton found his rhythm riding 125 Surely I Will for 89.25 points and outscoring the field of 34 bull riders. Behind Benton was Mickey Andrews, with 87.25 on Rawson’s White Wolf.  Others posting scores were Friday Wright, Denton Fugate, Edgar Durazo, and Jeffrey Ramagos.

The Short Round, which consisted of eight qualified rides and two drawbacks, Corey Bailey and Colby Hill, was packed with the regular season CBR bull power. Corpus Red, the reigning CBR Bucking Bull of the Year, Black Betty, and Shorty did not disappoint the capacity Cajun crowd.

Louisiana cowboy Jacob O’Mara would strike first with an 87.5 on Jeff Harris’s Shorty and with every ride the average leader would change. Cajun cowboy Jeffrey Ramagos snatched the lead from O’Mara with an 87 on Harris’s Thunderbird. Mexico’s Edgar Durazo barely heard the whistle while hanging on to Corpus Red for 85 points. Benton would watch the next three buck off before he pulled his rope in the number 1 position on Mike Rawson’s youngster, 132 Yabba Dabba Do.

Leaving the chutes, Benton showed near perfect form and as the bull gathered speed, Benton found the sweet spot riding him easily for the required 8 seconds. The judges rewarded the Sam Houston State senior with 89 points which gave him an average score of 176.25, 4.25 points ahead of the rookie bull rider Edgar Durazo.

The 8 Seconds to Glory bull team competition rewarded a Louisiana bull man with the night’s highest honor for the stock contractors. Shane Daigle of Church Point, La., was the only contractor to see all three of his bulls ridden for three qualified rides. Daigle’s 284.50 points were earned with 479 Slim Cycle, a three year old sired by Spin Cycle, 1175 Old School, a son of Backlash, and 115 Fudge Drop.

“As a former bull rider, I enjoy the bull team competition events a little more than the competitive bull events I go to,” said Daigle on his bull team win. As to his bulls he was pleased with all of their performances including his short round bull, Hotwire who is a son of Automatic.

“I like old school type bulls with size and power,” added Daigle commenting on his bull’s style.   

Receiving checks for approximately 60 percent of the bull team challenge payout were the piney woods, ridge runners from east Texas, Mike Rawson and Jeff Harris. The combination of Rawson and or Harris finished second thru fourth. Both Rawson and Harris brought a few seasoned bulls, but the trip was more about outs for their young guns that are hoping to make the trailer of these two CBR Stock Contractors of Year for the 2016 Mahindra Road to Cheyenne.

Rawson’s 846 Black Betty was the rankest scored bull of the night with a three judge score of 67.25 points. Second place honors went to Jeff Harris’s 8 Old School who was just .25 points behind his teammate.

The 8 Seconds to Glory bull riding is the mastermind of former PRCA bullfighter James Pierce who makes his home in Thibodaux. American Gladiator and former NFR bullfighter Hollywood (Wolf) Don Yates brought the house to their feet multiple times during the performance as he took time off from his chute boss duties to entertain the crowd alongside clown extraordinaire and fan favorite Rudy Burns. Yates, who sang the national anthem, gave motivating speeches, and took selfies with autographs, kept the crowd engaged with his signature WWE Hollywood wolf howl.  

Pierce and bullfighting friends spent the week visiting cancer patients, motivating and schooling the junior steer riders and mutton busters in addition to organizing the showpiece Saturday night bull riding extravaganza. 

The 8 Seconds to Glory annual event directly supports and benefits the Cancer Center at the Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.



Bull Riding

1., Trey Benton, Rock Island, Texas, 176.25, $2,956.08. 2., Edgar Durazo, 172, $1,800. 3., Jeffrey Ramagos, 170.5, $1,055.12. 4., Jacob O’Mara, 169.5, $1,177.20. 5., Mickey Andrews, 87.25, $933.04.


Bull Team

1.      Shane Daigle      $8,000   284.50  

2.      Rawson/Harris    $6,000   284.21  

3.      Mike Rawson      $4,000   282.75  

4.      Jeff Harris           $2,000   279.56