32-year-old Oklahoma cowboy Trevor Kastner sets one goal each year…to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The son of a saddle bronc rider, Kastner, is now a five-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier and among the rodeo elite athletes that will take center stage in the Thomas and Mack Arena on Thursday night.
He’s listed as an Okie on bio’s, but he should arrive wearing a Houston Texans jersey. Competing in approximately 56 rodeos this season, Kastner’s lifetime profile would indicate he likes “big time” rodeos where he rides and finishes strong.
He seems to shine in the Lonestar state, winning not only Rodeo Houston this year, but also is a two-time winner of the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo. Riding in 56 rodeos, he won seven rodeo titles this year, earning money in 50%.
Kastner said the deep history of RODEOHOUSTON makes a championship win more rewarding for the athletes and himself.
“The money stands out for sure, but the history of it has been going on here forever,” Kastner said. “To put your name next to the guys that have won, it is awesome.”
Kastner enters Las Vegas as the number three ranked bull rider with total earnings this season of $149,100.17. He is now a five-time NFR qualifier, and to the NFR aficionados, he is a wild card if you are gambling on bull riding. Statistically, Kastner is even in Las Vegas odds, riding 4 out of 10 bulls all three times he has competed at the NFR.
In bull riding only competitions, he has competed on the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour and competed in PBR and CBR tours. Kastner joined PRCA in 2008 with PRCA Career Earnings of $763,996.00.
He is the reigning Rodeo Houston Champion, which came with a $58,000 check that skyrocketed him to the top of the PRCA.
He qualified for the NFR for the first time in 2011, finishing 12th in the world standings with $101,202. He placed in two rounds of his Wrangler NFR debut and had six event titles that season.
His best PRCA finish was in 2012. He was at the top of his game in the Thomas and Mack, winning $58,895 in round 9 as he was the only qualified score in the “rank pen” of buckers. Kastner won two rounds and placed in three rounds, finished fifth in the PRCA world standings, and third in the NFR average with $80,096 for total earnings of 2018 earnings of $168,553.
In 2013 he won round 6 and tied round 9, placed in one other round to finish eighth in the world standings with $129,434.
In 2014, he broke a bone in his hand that is considered the slowest healing bone in the body, and that break sidelined him for the rest of the year.
In 2015 won he won three titles, finished 20th in the world standings with $56,157. He would fight back from injury to qualify in 2018 after narrowly missing – 16th in 2017 and 23rd in 2016.
In 2016 – Finished 16th in the world standings with $74,143.
In 2017 he finished 23rd in the world standings with $63,883 and ten event titles.
In 2018 he dislocated his shoulder in round six and left with $10,000, the amount of the bonus check for qualifying and in 15th place. He ranked 15th in the average with 76 points on one head.
Kastner’s amateur career including two Intercollegiate Rodeo Association College National Finals Rodeo qualifications in 2009-10.
Courtesy of TuffHedemanBullRiding.com