ProRodeo Sports News - March 17, 2023

SHORT ROUND Seven-time NFR qualifier Kastner calls it a career Time is Right

B ull rider Trevor Kastner, who qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo seven times in 2011-13, 2018-20, and 2022, confirmed to ProRodeo Sports News he has called it a career. Kastner, 35, joined the PRCA in 2008. “I’m not calling it retirement because if you retire you don’t have to work anymore,” Kastner said with a laugh. “I was getting a little older and I wanted to spend more time with my family. I just thought it was time. It (rodeo) treated me good. I was wanting to step away whenever I was still competitive.” Kastner and his wife Katie have two children, son, Korbyn, 3, and daughter, McKenna, 5. The family resides in Roff, Okla. A year ago, Kastner finished fifth in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $255,179. He earned $131,640 at the NFR. Kastner placed in five rounds, highlighted by his Round 7 win with a 90.5-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Midnight Rider at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. During his seven NFR qualifications, Kastner placed in 14 rounds, including winning four. “I had so many great memories it is hard to pick any single one out,” Kastner said. “I didn’t plan on riding bulls as long as I did, but it worked out that way. I wanted to go out on top of my game and quit on my own terms.” Kastner’s full-time job now is as a real estate agent. He works for Legacy Land Group based out of Durant, Okla. “I‘ve always been interested in the real estate stuff, and I got my license and I’m getting started in it,” he said.

PRCA ProRodeo photo by Clay Guardipee Bull rider Trevor Kastner looks up at the scoreboard prior to compet ing in Round 4 of the 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Teton Ridge at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Lynn Smith named full-time rodeo official

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has named Lynn Smith as a full-time Pro Official. Smith began his new position March 1. “This is a time in my life where this works for me now,” Smith said. “I have always liked judging and I’m glad to try it this way (full-time). I’m very excited. I think with (PRCA CEO) Tom (Glause), Steve (Knowles, PRCA’s Director of Rodeo Administration) and Rick (Smith, Supervisor of Pro Officials) and some of my fellow judges talking to

Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

“Lynn brings a wealth of experience to this job and will be a good fit for this position,” Glause said. Smith competed in bareback riding, bull riding, steer wrestling and team roping growing up. He competed solely in bareback riding in the PRCA, mainly in the Wilderness Circuit in the mid-1980s. Royce Smith was an 11-time qualifier for the NFR in bareback riding from 1967-76 and 1978 and Lynn’s father, Jay T. Smith was a bareback rider at


me they convinced me this is what I needed to do, so I did it.” Smith has been judging PRCA rodeos since 1995 and is a lifelong resident of Idaho Falls, Idaho. He has been a judge at the National Finals Rodeo several times, the last being in 2019 at the

the 1960 NFR. “Rodeoing has always been a part of our family,” Lynn said. “I rodeoed, my brothers and sisters rodeoed, and my kids rodeoed. I have a love for the sport.”

ProRodeo Sports News 3/17/2023


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