He's among the best in the world at his craft. He's been featured in one of the world's premier publications.
But before he can go ride his next bull, he has to finish his homework.
Mecate Trammell is a sixth-grader at Millsap Middle School. He recently won the Roper Cowboy Market Place Championship in Las Vegas. He qualified for the elite event by finishing in the top 15 at the Youth Bull Riders World Finals this past August in Abilene.
Mecate's winning score in Las Vegas was 220 for three rides.
Mecate has been riding since he was 3 years old. He's 12 now and has honed his craft well. The competitors in the Youth Bull Riders ride steers and peewee bulls.
"I started riding sheep and was a natural," he said. "I love riding bulls because it’s fun, is my passion, and requires dedication.
"Being a world champion is a blessing and exciting. It takes a lot of work and determination to be in this sport."
Mecate doesn't participate in any other rodeo event. However, he does like working with horses and cattle, helping his dad, a horse trainer, at the family ranch.
He also enjoys hunting and fishing.
This isn't Mecate's first championship. And while his mom, Erin Trammell, admits to a little concern when he rides, she also understands he is sitting in his current position because he knows what he's doing and, well, he's quite good at what he does.
"As parents of course we worry, but we know that he has the tools and training in order for him to be as safe as possible. He has been a natural since Day 1," she said. "Mecate is doing what he loves, so we pray and support him. We don’t want to hinder his talent by putting a question mark in his head of what could happen."
Mecate practices as often as he can. He works both in and out of the arena to sharpen his skills.
"My heart races every time he rides, and as a mom I’m sure that will never go away," she said.
But Erin is not alone.
"We have an amazing support network with our family and friends, and of course with other rodeo families," she said. "We are always there for each other and each others' kids no matter what. Rodeo has taught a lot of life lessons, made the kids very mature and outgoing, and built lifelong friendships."
Mecate said he feels blessed to be able to ride bulls.
"Bull riding is the world's most dangerous sport, and I’ve worked hard, been learning for years, put in blood, sweat and tears," he said. "Everyone wants to be the champion and I’m honored to be titled a champion.“
While Mecate has lots of time to ponder whether wants to someday compete professionally, he is certainly off to a great start in that direction. He's won numerous world championships, saddles and buckles. He was also in article written in "The New Yorker" magazine years ago.
"I had a friend say that our boys are the elite few youth bull riders growing up and promoting the rodeo life," Erin said.