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Caleb Bennett

Caleb Bennett – Corvallis, Mont. ($110,973)
8-time WNFR qualifier

Caleb Bennett had high hopes for a gold buckle last year. He came to Las Vegas ranked 2nd, his best regular season finish in more than a decade of membership in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

He won one round at the 2018 WNFR and placed in three others – a respectable showing – but five other cowboys won enough in the 10 rounds to pass him. He finished the year ranked sixth in the world.

This year he starts rodeo’s championships in seventh with $110,973 earned in during the regular season. He kicked off 2019 with big wins in Texas at San Angelo and Austin, where he won first for the second year in a row. Other big wins came at the 100th anniversary Cody (Wyoming) Stampede over July 4 and at several Canadian rodeos.

His win at Cody made history when he set a new arena record. Caleb rode Frontier Rodeo’s Gun Fire scoring 93.5 points. Out-of-breath and smiling when he got behind the chutes, he said it was a story he’d be able to tell his grandkids someday.

Caleb and his traveling partner Richmond Champion finished the regular Canadian season ranked 1-2 in a close battle for the north-of-the-border championship.

Every event was part of Caleb’s competition growing up and that has made him a rodeo fan. It also makes him a good choice by his fellow competitors to serve on the PRCA board of directors as the bareback riding representative. Among his responsibilities are putting together horses for championship events. He spends a lot of his time reviewing rides and talking to other bareback riders and stock contractors. While he works hard for the bareback riders, Caleb’s love of all of rodeo’s disciplines means wants to make things better for everyone involved in the sport.

The Utah native gets his mail in Corvallis, Montana, where he now lives. That’s all because of his new wife, Savannah who manages Hamilton RV Sales. They got married October 12th. He’s happy to call Montana home with Savannah, but he loves Utah and wouldn’t mind getting back there.

Caleb has struggled through most of his career with chronic elbow, arm and shoulder pain and with a dedicated workout regime and support from the Justin Sportsmedicine Team he has continued to be competitive.

He has a torn TFCC (the cartilage structure that holds the ulna bone to the wrist) in his riding hand. When he went to the doctor to see about getting it fixed, they found out that his ulna in both arms are longer than they should be. The surgery would require shortening the ulna and that would keep him from getting on bareback horses, so until he retires from bareback riding that will be an issue.

Growing up in Utah, he spent many hours in the arena roping as well as riding bulls and bucking horses. He qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo all four years and then accomplished the same goal in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. In fact, he still team ropes when he gets the chance.

The second oldest of six children, he learned the value of hard work and responsibility at a young age. When his father, John R. Bennett passed away, his mother was working as many as three jobs. Caleb helped with his siblings and kept up with school and rodeos.

In his spare time, he loves to do anything that gets him outdoors – biking, hiking, fishing, hunting and running are some of his favorite activities.

Presented by Hesston

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