Wright family dominate rodeo

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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The Wright family put on a saddle bronc riding clinic at Santa Maria Elks Rodeo in Santa Maria, Calif.

Rusty and Jake Wright tied for the title with 85 points, earning $2,606 each. Ryder Wright was third with 84 points and Spencer Wright fourth with 82. Two other Wrights, Cody and Alex, finished in the top eight.

Remarkably, a Wright family member has won five of the past 10 world saddle bronc riding titles on the PRCA circuit. Cody Wright won in 2008 and 2010. His younger brothers, Jesse and Spencer, claimed world championships in 2012 and 2014. Cody Wright’s son, Ryder, won the world race at age 19 in 2017.

The Utah family has created a family dynasty.

The Wrights’ success is somewhat comparable to the NFL’s Manning family of quarterbacks, which began in the 1970s with the family patriarch Archie Manning and continued a generation later with his sons Peyton and Eli Manning who each earned two Super Bowl rings.

Cody Wright, 41, is the eldest of seven boys, who are among Bill and Evelyn Wright’s 13 children. It all began with his success in the rodeo arena.


Brazil clinched the title at the Professional Bull Riders’ Global Cup last weekend in Sydney, Australia.

The Brazilians made qualified rides on 15 out of 18 bulls during the two-night show. Kaique Pacheco was 4-for-4. The other Brazilian team members were Luciano de Castro (3-for-3), Jose Vitor Leme (2-for-3), Claudio Montanha Jr. (2-for-2), Eduardo Aparecido (2-for-2), Ramon de Lima (1-for-2) and Dener Barbosa (1-for-2).

Team Brazil clinched the title after earning 1,006.5 points, only .75 points ahead of second-place finisher Team Australia, which earned 1,005.75 points. Team Canada finished third (986.75), while the U.S. was fourth (924) and Mexico fifth (501.25).

Pacheco also won the individual event average title at the Global Cup after turning in a four-ride score of 334, 2.5 points more than Team Canada’s Tanner Byrne. Pacheco earned $69,494.86 (USD).

Pacheco also is ranked No. 1 in the world with 2,870 points, 239.17 ahead of second-place Montanha.

Pacheco lives in the Decatur area when he competes in North America.


Trevor Brazile, a 23-time world champion from Decatur, clinched the all-around title at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days & PRCA Rodeo last weekend in Weatherford after earning $3,165 in tie-down roping and steer roping. Brazile also pocketed $1,935 for winning the tie-down roping title with a time of 7.7 seconds at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo in Cleburne.

Meanwhile, defending world all-around champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur, pocketed $1,101 after tying for third in tie-down roping at the Cleburne rodeo with an 8.5. Cooper also earned $1,242 after winning the steer roping third round at the Weatherford rodeo with an 8.4.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades.

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