Garrett Tribble – Bristow, Okla.
1-time WNFR qualifier
Garrett Tribble has the distinction of being the youngest bull rider at the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at 19.
He joined the PRCA in 2015 and is finishing his rookie year. He is second in the race for that title behind Roscoe Jarboe who is also competing in Las Vegas. It’s all going to come down to less than a minute and a half of attempting to ride bulls over the 10-night rodeo championships.
Growing up in rural Oklahoma he was around cows and horses. He became a Lane Frost and rodeo fan at a very early age watching the movie “Eight Second” time after time. When he was five years old, his dad took him to a rodeo, he got into the mutton busting and quickly decided he wanted to be a bull rider.
Garrett never wavered in that decision. He first joined the International Professional Rodeo Association and became their champion last year but that was just a stepping stone. Last November he was fourth in the PRCA world standings. He won the second round at Denver and it seemed that he was unstoppable.
A highlight of his year was winning the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls on June 30th. His grandparents had been on vacation in Wyoming and were scheduled to go home. When they found out that Garrett was on the contestant roster, they stayed to cheer him on. That worked for him as he won $5,386 dollars.
He also split the win at St. Paul, Ore., with Garrett Smith adding nearly $8,000 to his Cowboy Christmas haul. With just three months left in the season he was fourth in the world standings.
Tribble’s season slowed down a little in the fall but he still managed to win an additional $30,000. He enters his first NFR in 12th place with $82,592.