Stetson Wright follows first PRCA win with second win, All-Around

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Stetson Wright became the latest member of the Wright family to win a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event April 29, when he not only won the Saddle Bronc Riding at the April 27-29 Lakeside Rodeo but also the Bull Riding and the All-Around.

An 84 1/2-point ride on Western Rodeo’s Pandora was the highest Saddle Bronc Riding score of the Lakeside Rodeo, and the Milford, Utah, cowboy scored 82 points on a Western Rodeo bull called Tommy.

“It was awesome,” Wright said. “I couldn’t have drew any better.”

Stetson Wright became the latest member of the Wright family to win a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event April 29, when he not only won the Saddle Bronc Riding at the April 27-29 Lakeside Rodeo but also the Bull Riding and the All-Around.

An 84 1/2-point ride on Western Rodeo’s Pandora was the highest Saddle Bronc Riding score of the Lakeside Rodeo, and the Milford, Utah, cowboy scored 82 points on a Western Rodeo bull called Tommy.

“It was awesome,” Wright said. “I couldn’t have drew any better.”

Although Wright had family support for his victory, several family members comprised his Saddle Bronc Riding competition. His brother Rusty had the Saddle Bronc Riding lead before Stetson Wright obtained a higher score, and the lead changed hands between three of his uncles during the Friday night performance.

Jake Wright took the lead with a 74-point ride on Continental.

CoBurn Bradshaw, who is married to one of Jake Wright’s sisters, took over the lead from his brother-in-law with a 78-point ride on Sister Hills. Jesse Wright, who is Jake’s twin brother, led after the Friday night performance in which he rode Last Hope for 78 1/2 points.

“I was happy with it,” Jesse Wright said. “I got to finish it out pretty good.”

Milford is between eight and ten hours from Lakeside by motor vehicle. The Wright twins and Bradshaw traveled together.

The Saturday evening performance included a 79-point ride on Continental by Ryder Wright and an 83-point ride by Rusty Wright on General Cup. Ryder and Rusty Wright are Stetson Wright’s older brothers as well as Cody Wright’s sons.

Stetson Wright became the final member of his family to hold the lead at the Lakeside Rodeo. 

“It was wild,” he said of his 84-point ride. “He was just hard to ride.”

Wright thus replaced his brother as the leader. 

“I got lucky, I guess,” he said. “He’s riding very good right now.”

Stetson Wright turned 18 in July, but he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee last summer and did not return to riding until 2018. The Lakeside Rodeo was his second PRCA rodeo and the Saddle Bronc Riding was his first PRCA win.

“I expect a lot of myself,” Wright said about his expectations at Lakeside.

Texas cowboy Tristan Mize scored 81 points on Legend to hold the Bull Riding lead entering the final performance.  A wrap and a half to the left on Tommy was followed by a turn to the right away from Wright’s hand, but he stayed on for the required eight seconds.

Stetson Wright traveled to Lakeside with his brother Statler, who is too young to ride in PRCA-sanctioned rodeos, and with Moody McCoy, Stetson Wright’s best friend who competed in the Bull Riding.

The other roughstock event was won by Nevada’s Wyatt Denny. An 83-point ride on April 27 on Blues Clues was the high Bareback Riding score of the rodeo.

A time of 9.3 seconds gave Witter Springs, California, roper Brush Minton the Tie-Down Roping victory.

Oklahoma steer wrestler Levi Rudd caught and turned over his bovine in 5.0 seconds on April 28 to win the bulldogging event. 

Team Roping partners Max Kuttler of Montana and Brandon Bates of Sun City, California, had a time of 4.0 seconds April 28 to win that event. 

The April 28 Barrel Racing session included a winning run of 16.36 seconds by Tiany Schuster, who made the trip from Texas.

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