With the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo quickly approaching with the end of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association season coming to an end in less that a month some of the “young guns” of professional rodeo are making a strong showing for their own qualification to the big show in Las Vegas in December. The bull riding division has been one to watch all season as J.W. Harris and Sage Kimzey fight for the number one position in the World standings over the course of the year as they go back and forth with being named the number one man. While all the focus is on the fight between those two the man in the number three position, Trey Benton III, is the “silent stalker” and is one to watch out for going into the WNFR. This young man has made the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in each of his first two seasons since obtaining his PRCA card. Not only has he been to the big show but has won the distinctive PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year award in 2012. Benton talks about being the “silent stalker” by saying, “To be honest, it doesn’t bother me a bit, because I like to be the guy who nobody thinks about and then comes in and steals the show.” He goes on to say, “I’ve been in the same spot right behind them all season, and I’ve had chances to catch them that I didn’t take advantage of.” This shows that Trey Benton III may be somewhat new to the PRCA but the 22-year -old has his head on right and knows the hard work and dedication that it takes to be among the best bull riders in the world.
Just this past weekend Benton continued his winning streak and his climb up the World standings in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association standings. He put together a 91 point ride aboard Sankey Rodeo’s Kimosabe which, in turn, gained him a much needed win at the Lewiston Roundup netting him a cool $4,371 payday. Although Benton had a history with that bull he went into the ride knowing exactly what he had to do. Trey Benton III does not forget that history though saying, “Kimosabe threw me off in Sheridan, Wyo., during my rookie year” While keeping that buck off in the back of his mine he recounts his winning ride at Lewiston saying, “That first time I didn’t have a good start on him, and it was screwed up from the beginning and I got bucked off pretty fast. Tonight, he was just fine and did exactly what I thought he was going to do – go to the left. It was a good ride, and the score was right on.” Even with the win at Lewsiton this was only his sixth win of the 2014 season but has been maintaining his presence in the World standings by consistently cashing checks at many of the major rodeos, starting in San Antonio, throughout the year. Folks may have noticed that Trey Benton III has been taking it a little slower this year but trust me when he knows exactly what he has to do to have a chance at his first World title. Benton explained this great by saying, “I haven’t been going as much this year as the last two years, but I’ve been making more money at the bigger rodeos this season. I just realized that staying healthy and capitalizing at the big rodeos works, so why not keep doing what works.” After his great weekend win in Lewiston he remains in a secure third place position in the High Performance PRCA World Standings and trails Harris and Kimzey by only a mere $20,000.
This week another huge announcement was made regarding the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and what the rodeo fans can do to be an intimate part of the action during the 10-day run. With so many couples heading out to Las Vegas each year that are getting married the PRCA and Las Vegas Events have thought of everything. Why not get hitched or renew your wedding vows for everyone to see right in the middle of the 2014 Cowboy Fan Fest Zone at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The “Rope Em’ In Wedding Chapel” brought to you by Zappos.com is the place to make it happen. Jason Hetland will be there everyday with daily interviews and updates on the large video board inside of Cowboy Fan Fest as well so if you are planning on doing this send us a message so Jason can talk to you about your experience! You can find out more and reserve your time by clicking on the link here. This sounds like a great way to make memories that will last a lifetime and a great honeymoon experience at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!
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