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By Brett Hoffman | Published Messenger photo by Joe Duty
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Ryder Wright was only 19 when he won the saddle bronc riding world title last year at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Wright constantly competes against older highly successful riders such as his father, Cody, who has snared two world titles.

But the Beaver, Utah resident is not intimidated by the more seasoned bronc riders. One of his secrets to success is focusing on defeating the bronc instead of the other riders.

“You’re not competing against them, you’re competing against the horse you’ve got,” Wright said. “I try not to pay much attention to what everybody else is doing. I just do my thing and go ride the horse I’ve drawn.”

That simplistic strategy has worked for Wright for the past three seasons. At 18, he earned his first trip to the finals where he won five of the 10 performances. He climbed from 14th to fourth in the world standings and finished the year with $211,758.

A year later, Wright pocketed $185,867 and clinched the world title after finishing the year with $284,938.

At 20, Wright is going strong. He’s earned more than $110,000 and he has all but clinched a third NFR berth.

When the saddle bronc riding title was at stake Saturday at the Caldwell Night Rodeo in Caldwell, Idaho, Wright conquered a bronc named Double Take and turned in a score of 90.

Wright and 2017 NFR qualifier Hardy Braden tied for first in the average race with a two-ride score of 176. Each cowboy earned $5,576.

BRAZILE ROPING TOUGH

Trevor Brazile, a 23-time world champion, clinched the all-around title at the Caldwell rodeo, earning $6,843 in tie-down roping and team roping. He also clinched the tie-down title with a three-run time of 27.3 seconds. He turned in a 9.8 during the final round.

The Decatur resident also pocketed $2,595 at the Aug. 18-19 Fallon County Fair Rodeo in Baker, Mont., after he and two-time world champion, Patrick Smith of Lipan, finished fifth in team roping with a 4.6.

Defending world all-around champion Tuf Cooper pocketed $2,047 after finishing second in the tie-down roping second round in Caldwell with an 8.0.

Cooper leads the world all-around title race with $165,978. Brazile is second with $153,492.

PBR UPDATE

On the PBR circuit, Cody Teel of Koontz earned $116,300 after winning the 25th Unleash The Beast Music City Knockout last weekend in Nashville. Teel is sixth in the 2018 PBR world title race with 2,284.16 points.

Claudio Montanha Jr., a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is second in the world rankings with 2,928.33 points after finishing fourth at the Nashville show.

Kaique Pacheco, another Brazilian who is from Decatur, leads the race with 2,950 points.

CUTTING HORSE UPDATE

On the National Cutting Horse Association circuit, numerous world class aged event competitors were in Amarillo to compete in the Aug. 9-19 West Texas Futurity.

Matt Miller of Poolville and Carolina Reyn and Beau Galyean of Fort Worth and Rolz Royce tied for first in the 4-year-old open division final round. Each rider turned in a 225.

Galyean also clinched the title in the 5- and 6-year-old open division title on Stevie Rey Von with a 225. Galyean finished fifth in the 3-year-old open division title race with a 216 on Metallic Legacy. James Payne, who lives near Ardmore, Okla., clinched the Futurity open title with a 219 on Stylish Hailee.

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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