The proposition of climbing on the back of an agitated 1,500+ pound bull is enough to send virtually everyone running in the opposite direction. However, there are a select few that thrive on the challenge and the adrenaline rush that bull riding presents. Trey Benton happens to be one of those few. He says that he rides aggressively and with the purpose of breaking the bull he is on. The ultimate goal is obviously to ride your best ride for 8 seconds, but Trey says it’s more about domination for him, if he can say that he dominated a 2,000-pound bull, he knows he really accomplished something.
Every ride is different because every bull you climb on is unique, and that is all based on the luck of the draw. Trey says that in the last few years he has seen bulls become pretty steady performers and that he hasn’t really encountered a hard to ride eliminator or one that wouldn’t give the points needed to win. So, rather than worrying about what bull he draws, he keeps an open mind. Because they are animals, they will do what they want Trey says, it’s a guessing game, one of reactions. The more open he is to whatever bull he draws, Trey says the outcome is usually better.
Now, pitting man against bull has its risks, it’s demanding and dangerous, tough on the body and injuries come with the job description, they are an occupational hazard. Trey has seen his fair share of injuries, fighting through knee replacements, a broken femur and more throughout his career. Trey says that sidelining injuries, like the ones he has sustained, are tough but it’s all about perseverance and fighting your way back, pushing to get to the top. He highlights the passion required for the sport that fuels that kind of comeback. There is no doubt, bull riders are resilient.
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Listen in as Trey talks about competing as a team roper before eventually taking on bull riding exclusively. He’ll also talk about the people that have inspired him, some of his most meaningful wins and more! Be sure to tune into to the National Finals Rodeo throughout the ten-day event and root for Trey. Also, be sure to check out Ranch Hand Truck Accessories to see how you can outfit your vehicle with grille guards, front bumpers, back bumpers and running steps that are “Built To Take a Hit”.
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