An inspiration to all the youth in Morgan who might try their hand at mutton busting, local resident Caleb Bennett currently holds the title of 7th in the World Bareback standings. Caleb is the son of Bob and Claudine Nance Caldwell and grandson of Connie Nance and the late Bernie Nance. Caleb started riding at the tender age of 4 years old. Starting out on calves and sheep, he later moved on to horses and Jr. Bulls as he competed in Jr. Rodeo.
Throughout this, he won many awards including the all around award. He continued on throughout his high school years and was able to qualify for the national finals all four years and even took home the state bareback title two years running. In 2007 he won the National High School Finals Rodeo Bareback Riding Champion title in Springfield, Ill. You could say this has been a family affair, inspired by his mother who was a barrel racer, Caleb’s older brother Dustin also races the PRCA Rodeo circuit.
Even while busy with rodeo, Caleb made it a priority to further his education. He attended Weber State University for two years, working hard and making the honor roll. Later he spent two years at Utah Valley University, earning an associate degree in exercise science and business management.
He is currently working on another degree in marketing. While attending school, he spent his time honing his rodeo skills through the different rodeo teams each university offered. Throughout his college years he won the Rocky Mt. Region Bareback title twice, and qualified for national finals all four years, making the top 10 each year.
Caleb is now a member of the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) as well as the Canadian PRCA. He holds the titles of 8th in the World Standings, 7th in the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Series, and 2nd in the Wilderness Circuit. According to the PRCA website, some of Caleb’s professional highlights from 2012 include: winning the Guy Weadick Days (High River, Alberta), winning the Santa Maria (California) Elks Rodeo, Winning the Cedar City PRCA Championship Rodeo, co-champion at the Livingston (Montana) Roundup, co-champion at the Bonnyville (Alberta) Pro Rodeo and he just recently won the Vernal Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo held in Vernal, Utah on July 14.
Though only 23 years old, you could say this cowboy is living out his dreams. His advice to you is to never give up on yours.