SAN ANTONIO – Stetson Wright reset the ProRodeo record books a year ago with an historic $927,940 earned, as well as his sixth and seventh PRCA World Championships.
The Milford, Utah, cowboy hasn’t missed a beat in 2023. Heading into the finals on Saturday at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Wright was sitting No. 1 in the PRCA | RAM World Standings in both the saddle bronc and bull riding.
Three hours before the finals, the roughstock athletes drafted the animals they would ride in the final go-round. Wright was toward the back end of the draw but got the perfect dancing partner in The Cervi Brothers’ Ricky Bobby.
In 2021, Wright secured his first saddle bronc riding world championship on that same horse to the tune of 93 points in Round 10 of that year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. It was a matchup he knew could carry him to the win in the Alamo City and that’s exactly what happened.
His eight-second ride was good enough for 92.5 points and the new San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo arena record.
“There wasn’t much left to pick from, but he was the one that I wanted anyway,” said Wright, 23. “I actually won my first world title in the saddle bronc riding on him. So, he means a lot to me, and I just figured let’s do it again.”
Wright knew with the stock up Saturday night, and the cowboys getting on them that he was going to have to be special to take home the coveted San Antonio buckle. The top four finishers in the saddle bronc riding all registered 90-point scores or better.
“Everybody had stacked picks in our pen tonight,” he said. “I know I won and all, but I would’ve lost the ranch because all my money was on Ryder. That could of went either way, his ride was outstanding.”
In total, Wright earned $44,750 in both events while in San Antonio. He said one of the keys to his success is going down the road every day with people who love winning just as much as he does.
“Like I’ve said before I travel with winners, they make me a winner,” Wright said. “I get a lot more excited when my brothers and uncles are doing well too.”
Other winners at the $1,353,600 rodeo were all-around cowboy Stetson Wright ($44,750, saddle bronc riding and bull riding); bareback rider Leighton Berry (93 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Gunfire); steer wrestler Jesse Brown (3.1 seconds); team ropers Dustin Egusquiza/Levi Lord (4.1 seconds); breakaway roper Shelby Boisjoli (1.7 seconds); tie-down roper Riley Pruitt (7.2 seconds); barrel racer Kassie Mowry (13.95 seconds); and bull rider Jeff Askey (90 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Bayou Bengal).
Article Courtesy of PRCA
Photo By: Hailey Rae