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06.13.2016
The Graduate, TB3 Qualifies for a 5th CBR World Finals

24-year-old Trey Benton, III of Rock Island, Texas has a philosophy of life that has served him well.

“You have to know where you are headed,” said Trey Benton III. Despite almost two years of fighting multiple injuries that would have forced most professional athletes into retirement, Trey Benton continues to head in the right direction and achieve… inside and outside of the rodeo arena.

On June 1, Benton graduated from Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas with a degree in Agriculture Communications with a minor in Agriculture Engineering and Science. His Facebook page and social media accounts are full of inspiration. He is outspoken on politics, rodeo, and life and although he excelled in tie down roping and steer wrestling during his rodeo career, make no mistake he is a bull rider first.

From his first CBR Horizon Series bull riding in Springtown, Texas in 2010 to his fifth CBR World Finals qualification in 2016, Trey Benton has always stayed true to his bull riding theory. No bull is ever the same and if you can ride all of them it should not matter what his name is, proving that theory gained him back to back titles (2013, 2014) of the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding in Del Rio, Texas, one of the highlights of his CBR career. 

On his 2016 Road to Cheyenne, Benton made the final four Shoot Out round twice in his ten event appearances and covered six of the nineteen bulls he attempted. On the CBR’s televised tour his high marked ride was 91.5 points on Mike Rawson’s 846 Black Betty in February in Lufkin, Texas. He was the Horizon Series event champion in Thibodaux, Louisiana as well. He is ranked No. 18 headed into Cheyenne with expectations of finishing in the top ten. With five bulls and five sets of points available, anything is possible.

“You can’t change the aspect of your own game. You have to try your hardest and not give up on yourself,” said Benton.

But that thirty two percent average in Benton’s 2016 ride percentage category does not accurately describe this athlete. He has mounted less than half (40) of the bulls in the last two years than he did total in 2014 with his career high of 56 percent. He has logged 50 go round wins and 33 - 90 point plus ride scores according to Probullstats.com, which does not reflect CBR Horizon events or non-sanctioned bull ridings. In 2015 Benton was listed in the top 25 “all time” bull riders in the category of 90 point plus rides.

But the real story behind the numbers is that Trey Benton has earned a great deal of patience to go along with his half a million dollars plus non-monetary earnings, while mounting comeback after comeback from injury and that he remains a contender each and every time he pulls his rope.

In 2015, he qualified for the CBR World Finals after only being able to compete in two of the qualifying events. He suffered injury just prior to the event and was forced to withdraw. In 2014, he finished the CBR year second in the World Standings behind Sage Kimzey and rode four of five bulls at the CBR World Finals in Cheyenne.

 

The Journey

2012 was a good year for this calf roping, bull dogging, and exceptionally talented bull rider from South Texas. He launched his CBR tour 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, but 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.

“I blew my left knee out the first round in 2014. I eventually had to have ACL and meniscus surgery in my right knee, MCL and ACL surgery in my left knee.

A healthy Trey Benton is an exciting cowboy to watch, he is one of the riders that the fans and the contractors love to see on the day sheet.

“He gives it all he’s got every time,” said two time CBR Stock Contractor of the Year Mike Rawson. 

 

It’s All in the Family

The 5’8, 140 pound single bull rider is the son of a chemical engineer and school teacher, Tom and Johnna Benton, who never miss their son’s appearance at the CBR World Finals in Cheyenne.

“I’m a firm believer that when you hit your lowest low your highest high is soon to follow but it takes a great family and support system to have your back when you hit the bottom,” said Benton.

Trey's rodeo career began at the early age of 5, when he started riding sheep and calves. At the age of 9, he started riding bareback horses and roping breakaway, shortly after he began roping tie down.  When he turned 12, he began team roping, starting with heeling and then learning to head. Trey made the Junior High School National Finals, in 2005, where he was the Reserve Champion Bull Rider. He also made the High School National Finals, in 2009, in the bull riding and 2010, in the calf roping. 

Trey was born in 1992, the oldest of 3 children. Trey's sister, Haley and brother, Connor are also involved in rodeo. Trey was raised on a ranch in South Texas and has worked on various ranches riding and training horses and working cows, as well as helping tend to the family ranch. Trey started riding calves at age 8 and rode his first bull at age 14. He qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo twice, once as a tie-down roper and once as a bull rider.

Whether it’s social media or in an interview, Trey always finds time to thank the sponsors who have stuck it out with him through the highs and the lows: @ranchhandtruck @mtsilversmiths @cowboyoutfitters @catalenahatters @wranglerwestern

 

CBR Championship Titles

2015 8 Seconds to Glory, Thibodaux, LA

2014 Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding, Bossier City, LA

2014 Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge, Fort Worth, TX

2014 George Paul Memorial Bull Riding Champion, Del Rio, TX

2013 CBR Lufkin Champion 

2013 George Paul Memorial Champion, Del Rio, TX         


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