My name is Canyon Trevino I am a 12 year old mini bull rider and published author from Boaz, Alabama. It is my belief that rodeo promotes the highest standard of conduct  and sportsmanship while keeping the western heritage alive.

Rodeo is not something you have to be born into. At 6 years old I decided I was going to be a bull rider when no person in my family had ever even been to a rodeo before. Rodeo is a way of life that goes way deeper than just participating in an event. It’s feeling like you’re at home and always with family in whatever city you happen to be at the time. My book “Life’s Arena” is about chasing dreams like a child and tells more about the good, bad and the ugly that comes with chasing any dream. Being involved in rodeo has taught me how to be a better person and how to be a positive role model to my peers. Life’s Arena is available for purchase at Light House Christian Publishing or Amazon books.

As kids we don’t know that we can’t be what we want to be when we grow up. It’s  when we become adults that we start making excuses and not following through with our dreams. It’s about enjoying the ride more than the destination. I have already accomplished several goals in rodeo but I’m not done yet. I am a three time qualifier for the youth bull riding world finals, Texas state finals qualifier, Alabama State qualifier, ride with the MBR and have rode at the PBR World Finals in Vegas and this will be my second year Jr NFR and pretty much hit every rodeo in between that I can but my biggest accomplishment by far is the friends that have turn into family while chasing my dreams.

My best memory from this summer was being on the set of Cowboy & Indiana with Chris Shivers, Frank Newsom, JW Hart, Cody Lambert & Justin McBride. It’s a faith-based movie about a professional bull rider that is scheduled to be released in 2018. It’s about the importance of mentoring to young kids which is something all of these champions believe in. Ranking at the top would also be getting a PBR Media pass to do interviews at the 2017 PBR World Finals. That was an amazing experience and I hope to one day have enough advise to publish a second book “Dear Young Gun” that I am currently working on. When you get past the rodeo fame and the gold buckles and realize that there is so much more to these guys then what we see in the arena, that’s when you find out that you can look up to them for more than just what they have accomplished in the arena.
I have met so many inspiring people through rodeo and have been blessed with some of the best sponsors in the industry American Hat Company, Olathe Boot Company, Rock and Roll Denim, Panhandle, American Feathers, Troop Western Wear, Monster Bull, Arrowhead Now and 100X Helmets. These guys are the dream team because they make it possible for kids like me to chase the dream. When a company sponsors a youth athlete they are saying I believe in the future of the sport and YOU. And that gives us hope. So what are my dreams for the future? I’m going to be a champion bull rider, published author and a rodeo journalist so that I can share stories and advice from inspirational people in the industry with kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to hear it. And my hope is that it encourages others to keep chasing their dreams.
Being known as a champion in the arena is what many people believe is the only goal you can have in rodeo but a wise man once told me that we should strive to become a champion in life, put in the necessary work to perfect our performance in the arena and the rest will fall into the right place. And I believe him.
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