story by Rachel Hummel
“I love rodeo because it’s a challenge to me, both mentally and physically. No matter how long I have competed or roped I always learn new things and can always get better. That’s one of the greatest things about rodeo; no one catches every time and there are always ways to improve,” says 16-year-old Jhett Trenary from Salida, Colo.
Jhett is a sophomore in high school and is currently competing in his second year as a member of the CSHSRA. He competes in the tie-down roping as well as the team roping, taking care of the heeling end for his partner, Jace Staudt. In addition to high school rodeo, Jhett also competes in the Colorado Junior Rodeo Association and the Nebraska State Rodeo Association.
Outside of rodeo, Jhett is a member of his school’s golf team. When he just wants to kick back and have some fun though, Jhett says he can always count on his friends for a good time. “We just like to hang out and drive around looking for things to do. We’ll go to the movies a lot or hang out at the hot springs.”
Jhett’s greatest enjoyment comes from rodeo, however, which he says is a family sport. “Both my parents, Bret and Deedee, competed and my older sister Mercedes used to be a member of high school rodeo as well.” In fact, Jhett gets most of his inspiration from his family, who he says are his greatest role models. “My dad has really been through it all and knows what he’s talking about. He made it to the NFR in ’87 where he roped with Allen Bach. He has helped me so much with my roping and is constantly teaching me new things. I also really look up to my mom. She is always there to encourage me and cheers me on no matter what.”
At the end of this rodeo season, Jhett hopes that all of that teaching and encouragement will pay off and earn him a spot on the National Team for the second year in a row. “It was so great to make it to Nationals my freshman year and then go on to place fifth. This year though, I would really like to do even better.” In addition to making it to Nationals, the achievement that Jhett is most proud of is winning the Doug Kaess Memorial Roping. “Doug was my uncle who passed away in a car accident, so being able to win the rodeo in his memory really meant a lot to me.”
Beyond just this next year, Jhett dreams of going on to join the ranks of the PRCA and one day follow in his father’s footsteps, competing at the NFR. “I definitely want to graduate college first. I’m not quite sure what I would like to do yet, but ideally, I would like to be able to own my own business; one that would allow me to travel, and maybe even sell things, at the rodeos so that I wouldn’t be stuck in an office.”
Jhett would like to thank his family for all that they have done for him, and the sacrifices that they have made to get him down the road to his rodeos. He would also like to thank his sponsor, Holiday RV, for believing in him and allowing him the opportunity to represent such a great company.