Eleven-year-old Prairieville bull rider among world's best

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Trevor competing in a MBR event.

It's been a heck of a ride for Trevor Hebert--literally.

The 11-year-old Prairieville resident raked in more accolades last weekend as he competed in the 2015 Shivers and Leal International in Arlington, Texas' AT&T Stadium--home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Trevor won his division. As a reward for winning, he was selected to take part in the PBR Iron Cowboy Rodeo that night. It only adds to the tremendous success the young bull rider continues to have in the sport.

The Ascension Prep student began riding when he was just 6 years old. He started off riding in open rodeos but after showing so much potential, Trevor took a step up and joined the Miniature Bull Riders Association back in 2010.

The MBR is an organization that continues to grow. It's dedicated to bringing audiences the best youth mini-bull riding in the country.

Trevor has been one of their most successful young riders and in competing, he has been able to travel the country.

In addition to Arlington, he has participated in events in Jonesville, La., Terrell, Texas, Biloxi, Miss., and he has also been to North Carolina. On three different occasions, he has taken part in the MBR World Finals in Las Vegas.

Along the way, Trevor has pulled off some impressive feats. In 2010 and 2013, he rode the Bull of the Year.

He has won 27 belt buckles and in 2014, he finished the year ranked third in the world. Currently, he sits at No. 1.

Regardless of where he ranks, his mother Aimee has been his biggest supporter.

"We're very proud of him. He has come a long way," Aimee said. "He started when he was 6, and he has always done his best. He always tries really hard; it just comes natural to him."

Even though things have come so naturally for Trevor, that doesn't mean he takes his achievements for granted. He continues to work hard at his craft to make sure he can be the best bull rider he can be.

He practices on his own time. At home, he works with a bucking barrel, and he also stays active with open rodeos.

Trevor also takes part in Young Guns Bull Riding once a month, and his mom says he also watches a lot of videos to keep him prepared.

"The main thing is to keep him healthy. It's all about training," his father Gary said. "He's been riding ever since he was 6, and he practices hard. He does horse drills, he works with his bucking barrel and every Saturday we're out there practicing."

Fortunately for Trevor, he has been lucky when it comes to his health. So far, he has been able to avoid the injuries a tough sport like bull riding so often brings.

"He's never gotten hurt; knock on wood. I do get nervous, but I'm excited at the same time," his mother Aimme said. "I just leave it in God's hands. He's never had anything bad happen before, so I just try to enjoy watching him ride."

Many people enjoy watching Trevor ride. Not only is he a great competitor, but he has also proven to be a great showman.

After he finishes his ride, Hebert likes to do a celebratory dance reminiscent of famous Australian bull rider Ben Jones.

Aimee says that when her son breaks into the dance, the crowd goes wild.

Jones is certainly someone Hebert would like to emulate when it comes to success. It's his goal to one day join Jones in the PBR--Profession Bull Riders.

Until then, Hebert will continue to excel in the MBR. Maybe one day, the Ascension phenom might just ride his way to the top of the world standings.

Trevor's next challenge will be the Brand Shivers tournament in April and in October, he'll be back in Las Vegas for the world finals.