sophomore Logan Trumbo has grabbed life by the horns at the tender age of 16.
Cheesy puns aside, Trumbo is definitely living the double life. When not studying, or rushing to class, or hanging with his friends at Glendora High School, Trumbo constantly shuttles himself between home and his passion: the rodeo.
He has made quite a name for himself. He recently took third place in the state California High School Rodeo finals in Bishop, Calif. in steer wrestling and won the short-go, which is a final round between the top performers. With that victory, Trumbo will journey in two weeks to the national competition in Wyoming to compete against about 200 others.
Trumbo competes in 50 to 60 different competitions a year at events, such as the California High School Rodeo where last year, he won first place in steer wrestling, fourth place in team roping and fifth place in tie down roping.
His skills have gotten him noticed. Trumbo was featured on KNBC Channel 4 news in a segment by sports anchor Fred Roggin.
"It's been great for him this past year. He's done so well, but it's definitely been a challenge," said Trumbo's mother, Lisa Bolton. Trumbo has roping coaches in Acton and steer coaches in Perris, so he and his mother travel up to 550 miles per week to get him where he needs to go.
"I pulled him out for one semester to give him a chance to recuperate and go stay somewhere for a couple of days instead of driving back and forth from school," Bolton said. Trumbo, however, does not like to stay away from his friends and Glendora High for too long.
While living with his family in Hawaii when he was 7, Trumbo befriended a family who had a taste for the rodeo as well. They taught many trades with cattle and horses. Trumbo started learning the ropes and the rest was history. He formally started performing in rodeos in Hawaii at the age of 9 and continued when he moved back to California.
Shuttling between school and the rodeo is a taxing endeavor, but Trumbo has managed a 3.2 GPA. He has made a commitment to achieve a 4.0 for his junior year, considering he has set his sights on college.
Bolton appreciates the high level of responsibility and discipline it takes to perform at such a level.
"They're so responsible for their own animals. At the state finals, Logan's 16 years old, but he drove himself up, he hauled his own horses, he takes care of them. Rodeo makes a different kind of kid," Bolton said.
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