Behind the Chutes: Trenton Turner |

Behind the Chutes: Trenton Turner

Texaco, Trenton's calf roping horse, has "enhanced my chances to reach the next level," says Trenton. Courtesy photo

Age: 20

Family: Dwayne and Kristy Turner (parents)

Hometown: Springfield, Colo.

Rodeo Events: Calf roping and team roping (header)

What is your future in the sport of rodeo? Where would you like to see it go? My future in the sport of rodeo, I feel is promising and I will continue to compete for sure. Ever since I was a young child I always wanted to become a professional roper and make it to the NFR. I feel that if I keep putting time and effort into this sport – and by the grace of God – I can concur anything.

What is your ultimate goal as you compete in rodeos? My ultimate goal when competing in a rodeo is to rope smart and rope at the best of my ability. I have also had a goal to always trust my horses and partners in each and every run, without them I could not be successful.

Favorite aspect of rodeo: My favorite aspect of rodeo is the fierce competition in every event, but then outside of the arena we can always be friends. The members of a rodeo family are never forgotten.

Best rodeo memory: My best rodeo memory was my senior year of high school at the state high school finals in Lamar, Colorado. I was in the lead for the state championship in both the calf roping and the team roping events. This was the only moment through the year that I could take a deep breath and just have fun running my last two head as a high school student. I was crowned the state champion in both events.

Notable achievements in the sport:

• 2007 National Wrangler Jr. High National Championship Team member.(Colorado)

• 2008 Colorado Wrangler Jr. High State All-around, Ribbon Roping Champion, Reserve State Champion Calf Roper and team roping (header), third place chute dogger

• 2011 top ten in the average at IFYR in Shawnee, Okla. – team roping (heeler)

• 2012 Colorado state high school calf roping, team roping (header) state champion, Top Hand, Finals All-around Cowboy, Reserve All-around, reserve state cutter, and also Horse of the Year.

• 2012 NHSRA finals top ten in team roping (header)

• 2013 NLBRA Reserve World Champion All-around, Calf Roper and Team Roping (header). NLBRA reserve finals all-around champion.

Tell us about your horses: I now ride two horses, one in the calf roping and one in the team roping. My calf horse is Texaco, an 11-year-old bay gelding. I have ridden him since 2007, he has been a blessing to my family for sure. Texaco has taught me a lot and has enhanced my chances to reach the next level.

The other horse that I ride is my head horse, Casper, a 12-year-old grey gelding. I have ridden him since 2006, he just keeps getting better and better the older he gets. Without these two horses my career as a roper would never have been possible. They both have been a blessing to my family and I.

Have you attended any rodeo schools? If so, which ones? I have attended a few roping schools with Jake Barnes, Clay O’Brian Cooper, Joe Beaver and Mike Johnson. I also attended the Camp of Champions put on by Allen Bach in Graham, Texas, in 2009.

What do you like to do when you’re not competing? Whenever I am not rodeoing I like to hang out with friends and family or in the practice pen correcting mistakes.

What’s playing on your iPod/radio? Mainly country but an occasional rock or rap song to get in the game.

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