Usually bull riders don’t get better as they get into their 30s.
It’s a young man’s sport.
Trevor Kastner never got that memo.
The 32-year-old, Roff, Okla., cowboy bested a talent-laden field to win the two-head average with 174.5 points at the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event.
“This feels really good,” said Kastner, who joined the PRCA in 2008. “I’ve never won a Division 1 Xtreme Bulls event before.”
Kastner positioned himself for a victory with an 85-point ride in the long round on Frontier Rodeo’s Black Ice, tying for fifth.
“He was a good bull and right out of there he started to well me, but I let him pick me back up, and it turned out good,” Kastner said.
In the short round, Kastner drew 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Ferdinand, which was the bull Boudreaux Campbell won on at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event with an 89-point ride Feb. 22.
Ferdinand lived up to his billing again in Dodge City, teaming with Kastner for an 89.5-point trip to win the finals and the average.
“I had been on Ferdinand twice before,” Kastner said. “He threw me off once and I stayed on him once. This was the best ride I’ve had on him. He was in the gate to the right and was just a good, solid bull especially for the short round.”
Following his ride, Kastner waited through a handful of riders before he was crowned the champion.
“It felt good when I made the whistle (on Ferdinand),” Kaster said. “I did my part and waited to see how everybody else did.”
Kastner joins Dustin Boquet (Fort Worth, Texas), Boudreaux Campbell (San Antonio), Ty Wallace (Fort Mohave, Ariz.) and Clayton Sellars (Spanish Fork, Utah) as Division 1 winners this season. Kastner was 11th in the July 28 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $37,699.
He’ll move up in the standings after earning $9,458 in Dodge City.
Kastner is a five-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (2011-13, 2018, 2019). He finished 11th in the world standings last year with $161,216.
While this season has been one of the strangest because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it didn’t affect Kastner’s plans a lot.
“It hasn’t changed me too much because I wasn’t planning on going super hard,” Kastner said. “During the quarantine I was riding a bunch of colts and hanging out with my family.”
Kastner and his wife, Kate, have two children, daughter, McKenna, 2, and son, Korbyn, 4 months.
“They keep us plenty busy, but they are a lot of fun,” Kastner said.
Up next for Kastner is competing at Iowa’s Championship Rodeo in Sidney, July 29, followed by the Carson (Iowa) Community Rodeo, Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo in Phillipsburg and back to the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.
“The goal really is just to make as much money as I can while I’m still doing it,” Kastner said.
Read more about the Dodge City Roundup Xtreme Bulls in the Aug. 7 edition of ProRodeo Sports News.
Courtesy of PRCA