PRCA Saddle Bronc Riding World Championships seem to follow the Wright family around. The Wright’s have a combined seven gold buckles in the storied event, after Stetson captured his first saddle bronc riding world title in 2021.
A decade ago in Las Vegas, it was his uncle Jesse Wright stealing the show at the Thomas & Mack Center, on the way to his first world championship.
Entering Round 10 in 2012, Jesse found himself in a three-way battle for the gold buckle. After Wade Sundell recorded a no-score, it came down to a dual between Wright and Cody DeMoss.
Following Jesse’s ride, the judges read out a score of 80.5 points for Wright. The eight-second trip earned Wright a split of fourth place, which was enough to hold off DeMoss by just $797 for the world title. He said looking back on the moment, it took a while for the reality to set in that he was a PRCA World Champion.
“It was really a dream come true for me in that moment,” said Wright, an eight-time Wrangler NFR qualifier. “It didn’t really set in there for a while. I put a lot of hard work and dedication into it. So, for it to finally become a reality, I was pretty stoked about it.”
At 33 years old he said he still has plenty of riding left in the tank as he looks to return to championship form after an injury-riddled 2022 ProRodeo season.
“I was hoping to get another one (world championship) by now),” he said. “I guess I still got a little bit of time to do that before I hang it up. So, hopefully I can get back into shape and get myself another one won. I think I can keep riding until I’m 40 pretty easily.”
Courtesy of PRCA