This month, Trevor Knowles, our Purple Cowboy endorsee on the Pro Rodeo Circuit, took home the top prize from the Calgary Stampede – his 4th win in Calgary since 2009! He’s the only competitor since 1970 to win four times in the same event.
“Being on that stage never gets old, that’s for sure,” Knowles said after being handed the giant $100,000 check before the crowd.
Even with the money he earned in Calgary, Trevor stays humble. “The bulldoggers are the greatest best bunch of guys you could ask for, so there’s a lot I’ve taken away from rodeo. A gold buckle would be nice, but it isn’t everything to me,” said Trevor in the Calgary Sun.
Trevor Knowles, our Purple Cowboy endorsee on the PRCA circuit and 11-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo steer wrestler, was named to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla., as part of its Class of 2015 Oregon chapter honorees.
The Hall of Fame is also giving him the Outstanding American award for his rodeo and wrestling accomplishments as well as his work with the nonprofit Operation Comfort Warriors – an American Legion program in which Knowles visits military veterans across the country.
“I think wrestling’s making a comeback,” he said.
He’s still involved in wrestling, supporting the USA Wrestling Building Blocks program and helping coach youth at the Grant County Freestyle Wrestling Club in John Day in the winter.
His brother Drew, who has two children in the local club, also helps with coaching.
Trevor said it helps when young athletes have good coaches who are able to communicate.
“(You get it) coached into you,” he said.
His advice to youth: “Athlete or not, don’t be afraid to work hard for whatever it is – it will all pay off.”
We’re proud to share that Trevor Knowles, our Purple Cowboy endorsee on the PRCA circuit, finished sixth in the world in steer wrestling in 2014. He averaged 10th place during the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December, placed in four rounds and won $42,602.
He’s had a busy start to 2015! In January, Trevor competed in the Denver Stock Show and Rodeo, tieing with Tyler Pearson, of Louisville, Miss., and brought home $1,177. Then it was on to the Fort Worth Stock Show in February where he took home another $2,362.
He’s working his way back up the standings, with his current winnings at $9,716. We’re looking forward to cheering him the whole way through – way to ride Trevor!
He’ll be sharing his experiences and stories from the 2015 rodeo trail with us. We’ll be posting his stories here on our blog and over on our Facebook Page. Make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter so you don’t miss a word!
And don’t forget – when you sign up for our Purple Cowboy newsletter, you’re entered into the Gold Buckle Challenge for a chance to win two tickets to watch Trevor compete in the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December.