Troy Lerwill will bring a new kind of excitement to the 2006 Cherokee Rodeo by thrilling spectators with his daring feats as a rodeo bullfighter and barrelman then turn around and leave them breathless with his spectacular motorcycle riding.
Like many others in his profession, Lerwill has a strong rodeo background. His father, Lynn, was a team roper, and his mother, Penny, is a former rodeo queen. However, Lerwill never displayed much interest in traditional rodeo events, instead he spent his time pestering the clowns and watching the bullfighters.
While growing up in Utah, Lerwill received his first horse when he was just four years old. By the age of ten he chose another kind of mount to for him to ride, a motorcycle. He entered his first race at the age of twelve and by the age of 18 he was the top man in professional motorcross in Utah. He was named Motocross Champion of the State of Utah from 1982-1985.
Motocross was not his only talent, as he successfully raced mountain bikes as well. Lerwill and his wife, Rebecca, also an accomplished horsewoman, own Downhill Cyclery, a mountain bike retail business in Payson, Utah were they also make their home.
Lerwill began his bullfighting career in 1996 when he studied the fine art of being a Barrelman. Then in 1997 he joined the PRCA and became a barrelman. That was the point when he discovered his true calling, putting a smile on people's faces.
During this time he began working to include his cycling skills into his rodeo act. "I told myself that somehow it had to be possible to jump a Dodge pickup truck and a Sundowner trailer with my dirt bike," he said.
By combining all of his extaordinary skills, Lerwill already has an impressive rodeo career. Among his accomplishments, he can list nominations for PRCA Entertainer of the Year in 2001 and 2004, nominations for Coors Man-in-a-Can in 2001, 2002, and 2004, scoring runner-up status in that category in 2003, and Barrelman/Entertainer honors in the Mountain States Circuit Finals in 2001, 2003, and 2004.