Houston Herbert

Houston Herbert, a student at the University of Tennessee at Martin, is a bareback rider from Franklin who is the recipient of a rodeo scholarship from the Franklin Rodeo. 

A Franklin man is the recipient of the 2016 Franklin Rodeo Scholarship.

Houston Herbert, a sophomore at the University of Tennessee-Martin, has been given a scholarship toward his schooling.

The son of a former bareback rider, Herbert grew up wanting to ride bareback horses. He competed in high school rodeo and graduated from Page High School in 2014.

He is on the college rodeo team at UT-Martin, where he is studying agricultural business and plans to graduate in 2018.

While in high school, Herbert played football and was involved in 4-H. He started on the varsity team as a linebacker his senior year. Football and riding bareback horses have some commonalities, he said.

“They're both really physical and aggressive, and I like both of those things,” he said. “They both take a lot of work to get them mastered. There’s a lot of hard work involved to be good at them.”

“It’s a tremendous help with school," he said. "The cost of school is high, so every little bit you can get to help with paying for books and tuition is good.”

Herbert has attended the Franklin Rodeo with his family many times and last year had the opportunity to ride in it as a Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association member. He got bucked off, but he'll be back this year.

He is the eighth generation of his family to live on the family farm, near College Grove. He has an older brother, Luke, and is the son of Joey and Judy Herbert.

The Franklin Rodeo benefits not only the rodeo team at UT Martin, but numerous other organizations in Williamson County. It runs May 19-21 at the Williamson Co. Ag Expo Park. Tickets and more information are available online at FranklinRodeo.com.

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