Growing up in Ft. Madison, Iowa, Don Sunden wanted to be a cowboy. “We rode horses on my grandpa’s farm; took the buggy to town […]
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Trayton DeRouen always wanted to ride bulls just like his dad. There was just one problem, his mom never let him. Finally, at 18 years old, Trayton got the chance to ride a bull. He enlisted the help of Bruce Richardson and Kerrie O’Brian to help him with the sport. “My role model is still my father Todd DeRouen and of course Lane Frost,” Trayton said.
Trayton qualified for the CRA finals his rookie year of competition. “I’ve never actually won a rodeo but I’ve been second quite a few times. I took second with 70 points at the Laffayette CRA rodeo this year and I’m pretty proud of that,” he said. Trayton broke his ankle in May and was out of competition until August. To get out of his slump, Trayton said, “I
Trayton admitted,”Nobody knows I started bull riding to make my dad proud of me. Then I just happened to fall in love with the sport.” Trayton’s love for bulls keeps him focused and ready for his next rodeo. He said, “I’d love to win the CRA finals and one day ride in the PBR and PRCA too.”