Five Time CBR World Qualifier Prepares for NFR Comeback


Five time CBR World Qualifier Prepares for NFR Comeback

NFR Profile – Trey Benton III

Not since Lane Frost in 1986 has a bull rider won two consecutive years of the oldest continuous stand-alone bull riding in the world, the George Paul Memorial, a CBR sanctioned event held in Del Rio, Texas each April. The number six ranked qualifier on the PRCA’s list of bull riders not only won the event back to back but a third time when he won it again last April.

Battling a series of career ending injuries that would sideline his career, Trey Benton, III returned to competition and the CBR Road to Cheyenne while simultaneously stringing together a list of wins that would help him on his quest to return to Las Vegas in December.

“I had to believe in myself when no one else believed in me, the past two years were kind of rough on me, and I have been down a long road for my age. I learned how to lose and for a winner to lose it was difficult,” said the humbled bull rider who is also a graduate of Sam Houston State in Huntsville.

Five times Benton has qualified for the CBR World Finals and has a trail of CBR wins since 2011, including three GPMBR buckles, the Tuff Hedeman Louisiana Shoot Out, Conroe Bull Mania, Lufkin Bull Bash, and the Fort Worth Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge. TBIII earned $110,470.95 this season in PRCA competitions - earning his way back to his fourth National Finals Rodeo appearance (2012-14, 2017). 

Benton’s 2017 season included winning 10 PRCA event titles and in CBR competition on the Road to Cheyenne, he made the final four man Shoot Out round three times and rode two for four at the CBR World Finals in Cheyenne including 90 points in round one on L33 Tamale (Harris).

During 2017, it appears Benton has been focused on quality not quantity of bulls, picking and choosing very carefully where he chooses to enter. Benton’s current bull riding average tracked in professional sanctioned events is at an all-time high since he turned pro in 2011. The twenty six year old all-around cowboy is riding 57.78 percent of the bulls he gets on, up from 36.6 percent in 2016He won two All-Around Cowboy titles on the way to the NFR, Killeen and Mineral Wells.

Benton started riding calves and sheep at five years old, then graduated to bareback horses and breakaway roping when he was nine. He can rope both ends in the team competition, but he let bulls guide even his young career including a second place finish at the Junior High School National Finals.

Although he has a college degree in Communications, he is a working cowboy on his father’s ranch when spending time outside of the competitive arena. Benton is a dedicated athlete taking time each day for work outs and practice, most recently with NFR qualifier and CBR leader, Boudreaux Campbell. Besides liking to practice, the two South Texas cowboys share the PRCA Rookie of the Year honors, Benton in 2012 and Campbell in 2017.

In 2014, Benton placed in three rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, including a second-place result in Round 3. That same year he finished 3rd in the PRCA world standings with $164,471.

In 2013, he won Round 5 of the Wrangler NFR with a 90.5-point ride on Andrews Rodeo’s Gun and Juice; finished 13th in the world standings with $91,959.

In 2012, he placed in two rounds of his Wrangler National Finals Rodeo debut and finished ninth in the world standings and was the PRCA Resistol Bull Riding Rookie of the Year.

Benton is a native of Rock Island, Texas, a graduate of Sam Houston State University, residing in Huntsville, Texas. Benton’s career has been plagued with injuries including a double knee replacement, and a broken leg, but refuses to let the injuries define him as an athlete and manages unbelievable comebacks after any and all setbacks.

“Bull Riding - its 90 percent mental and 10 percent athletics”

                                                                           Trey Benton III