Rider from saddle bronc family takes on bulls

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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In the world of pro rodeo, Utah’s Wright family is famous for busting saddle broncs.

A Wright family member has won five of the past 11 world saddle bronc riding titles on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit.

Cody Wright won the 2008 and 2010 titles. 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.

There’s now a member of the Wright family who can compete professionally in bull riding in addition to saddle bronc riding – Stetson Wright, 19, a son of Cody Wright and a brother of Ryder Wright.

Stetson Wright, who is from Beaver, Utah, has been on a roll in both bull and saddle bronc riding. He clinched the bull riding title at the PRCA’s April 10-14 Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale, Nev., earning $5,884.

On April 6, he clinched the title at the South Point Tuff Hedeman Challenge, at Cowtown Coliseum in the Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, earning $12,325.

Wright also clinched the saddle bronc riding title at the PRCA’s March 16-30 Rodeo Austin and earned $9,935.

The PRCA rookie is sixth in the PRCA bull riding standings with $48,206 in regular season earnings. He also was ranked 32nd in the PRCA saddle bronc riding standings with $15,387.

All that sends a message that Wright might be a future world all-around champion. He was ranked No. 3 in the PRCA’s world all-around title race last week with $48,725.

“It’s awesome because I’m off on my own deal. People know me as the one who does two [events] that’s going to try and win the all-around in the world,” Wright said. “I’ve done it since junior high and now I’m trying to make my dream a reality.”

Wright said he began riding steers with a bull riding rigging at 10 and then mounted his first steer with saddle bronc riding equipment at 12.

“Ever since then, it’s been something I’ve done every weekend,” he said.

Wright said his other brothers also rode bulls and saddle broncs at youth rodeos.

“Not many people know, they all rode bulls through high school and then they just stopped,” he said. “They didn’t do it in the pros. But I just decided that if I was riding good enough, I’d give it a try and it’s been going really good.”


Each spring, world-class competitors saddle up for rodeos in California cities – Oakdale, Red Bluff, Clovis and Redding. One cowboy who has had success this season in The Golden State is two-time steer wrestling world champion Hunter Cure, a former Texas Tech star from Holliday.

Cure clinched the steer wrestling title at the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo to win $3,736. He also tied for first in the bulldogging title race at the Red Bluff Round-Up to pocket $5,167.

Stetson Wright earned a couple of smaller checks at California rodeos on back-to-back weekends. He earned $684 after tying for fourth in saddle bronc riding at Oakdale and $1,269 as the result of tying for sixth in bull riding at Red Bluff with an 86.


Weatherford College’s men’s and women’s rodeo teams will attempt to advance to the College National Finals Rodeo this weekend.

Weatherford College ranks third in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region men’s team title race going into the April 25-27 Tarleton State Rodeo in Stephenville, the last rodeo of the regular season.

The top two men’s teams and the top two women’s teams from the Southwest Region will advance to the June 9-15 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.

Tarleton State leads the Southwest Region’s men’s team title race with 3,330 points. Clarendon College is second with 3,120 points. Weatherford College is third with 3,110. South Plains College is fourth with 2,885 points.

In the Southwest Region women’s team standings, Tarleton leads the pack with 2,621.66 points. Weatherford College is second with 1,827.5 and South Plains is third with 1,777.

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

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