DENVER, Colo. (January 14, 2023) — Nobody competing at the National Western Stock Show rodeo has a resume like 23-year-old Stetson Wright of Milford, Utah.
Wright joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 2018, following in the footsteps of his father Cody Wright and older brothers Rusty and Ryder Wright who are saddle bronc riding superstars. What Stetson Wright has done differently than his family members is ride bulls. That has earned him four world championships in the all-around category. He also has won two gold buckles in the bull riding and in 2021 added his name to the list of world champions in the saddle bronc riding. His father and brother Ryder have two of those world titles. His uncles Jesse Wright and Spencer Wright each have earned one.
With his success, Stetson Wright has earned championships at many rodeo’s across the country. One that has eluded him since he joined the PRCA in 2018 happens in the Denver Coliseum. He has never won the National Western Stock Show Rodeo and with his success on Saturday, he put himself in position to win titles in both of his events.
Wright started at the Saturday matinee performance by getting the high-marked ride in the saddle bronc riding and the bull riding. He rode Kristen Vold Rodeo’s horse named Double Trouble for 84 points to take the early lead. Then he got on a bull named Magnum owned by Cervi Championship Rodeo for 87 points.
He came back Saturday night and was again at the top of the leaderboard in saddle bronc riding after scoring 82.5 points on a horse of Cervi’s named Hero. About two thirds of the way through the eight second ride, the halter came off of the horse and Stetson was left with no control of the horse’s head. While he didn’t get extra points, he was able to stay on and took the overall lead with 166.5 points.
He wasn’t as successful on his second bull during the Saturday night performance, however he is likely to advance to the semifinals next Saturday based on his one high score.
There are two performances in the Denver Coliseum on Sunday at 2 and 6:30 p.m. where contestants in Bracket 4 will be vying for their spots in next Saturday’s semifinals.
Fourth Performance —
Bareback Riding: 1, Taylor Broussard, Estherwood, La., 81 points on Kristen Vold Rodeo’s Cafe Risque. 2, Mason Stuller, Venta. Ore., 81. 3, Myles Carlson, Evanston, Wyo., 77.5. 4, Ethan Mazureni, Winnemucca, N.V., 77. (total on two-semifinalss qualifiers) 1, Broussard, 166.5. 2, Trenten Montero, Winnemucca, N.V., 159.5. Ethan Mazurenko, Kaycee, Wyo., 155.
Steer Wrestling: 1. Hadley Jackson, La Junta, Colo., 4.5. 2, Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla., 4.8. 3, Denver Berry, Checotahm Okla., 5.3. 4, Brady Buum, Keensburg, Colo, 6.1. (total on two- semifinalss qualifiers) 1, Frey, 10.1. 2, Tucker Allen, Oakview, Cali., 14.5. 3, Berry, 18.3.
Team Roping: 1, Lightning Aguilera, Athens, Texas., and Coleby Payne, Stephenville, Texas 4.2 seconds. 2, Zach Kilgus, Stephenville, Texas, and Jake Edwards, Fort Ann, N.Y., 4.3. 3, Dustin Egusquiza, Mariann, Fla., and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D., 4.4. 4, Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah, and Max Kuttler, American Falls, Idaho, 4.7. (total on two- semifinals qualifiers) 1, Egusquiza, and Lord, 8.8. 2, Kesler, and Kuttler, 9.6. 3, Aquilera, and Payne, 13.4.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D., 88.5 points on Kristen Vold Rodeo’s Whiskey Bay. 2, Kade Bruno, Challis Idaho, 81.5. 3, Ben Andersen, Eckville, Alberta, 78.5. 4, Logan Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, 78. (total on two-semifinals qualifiers) 1, Garrett, 167.5. 2, Hay, 161. 3, Andersen, 160.5
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Quade Hiatt, Canyon, Texas, 8.3 seconds. 2, Bryce Derrer, Portales, N.M., 8.8. 3, Paul Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla., 8.9. 4, Colby Anders, Bayard, Neb., 10.3. (total on two- semifinal q0ualifiers) 1, Derrer, 17. 2, Belew, 18.9. 3, San Angelo, Texas, 20.2.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 14.95. 2, Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 15.36. 3, Gracen Pomroy, Loveland Colo., 15.42. Michelle Alley, Madisonville, Texas, 15.49. (total on two-semifinal qualifiers) 1, Lockhart, 30.37. 2, Yates, 30.75. 3, Alley, 31.15.
Bull Riding: (2 qualified rides) 1, Toby Collins Stephenville, Texas, 84.5 points on Big Rafter Rodeo’s: Line Drive. 2, Lucas Mooningham, Coldwater, Miss., 82.5. (total on two- semifinal qualifiers) 1, Collins, 164.5. 2, Mooningham, 82.5.
Fifth Performance —
Bareback Riding: 1, (tie) Keenan Hayes, Hayden Colo., on Cervi Brother Rodeo’s Painted Pistolera, and Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb., Kristen Vold Rodeo’s Frisky Chicken, 85.5 points each. 3, Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas, 84. 4, Cole Franks, Clarendon, Texas, 78.5.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Cody Mumma, Kremmling, Colo., 4.8 seconds. 2, Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La., 5.2. 3, Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D., 5.9. 4, Ty Everson, Laramie, Wyo., 7.3.
Team Roping: 1, Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta, and Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 7.0 seconds. 2, Weston Mills, Gillette, Wyo., and Braden Brost, Consul, Saskatchewan, 7.7. 3, Chance, and Bosie Hine, Ignacio, Colo., 11.2. 4, Hayes Smith, Central Point Ore., and Jason Duby, Klamath Falls, Ore., 11.5.
Saddle Bronc Riding: Stetson Wright, Milford, Utah, 84 points on Kristen Vold Rodeo’s Double Trouble. 2, Riggin Smith, Winterset, Iowa, 77. 3, Brady Love, Wellington Colo., 73.5. 4, Kash Deal, Faith S.D., 72.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb., 8.2 seconds. 2, Jody Green, Ada, Okla., 9.1. 3, Denton Oestmann, Alva, Okla., 9.2. 4, Seth Peterson, Wellington Colo., 9.4.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Taycie Matthews, Wynne, Ark, 14.9 seconds. 2, Rachelle Riggers, Lewiston, Idaho, 15.27. 3, Kristi Steffes, Vale, S.D., 15.29. 4, Heidi Tillard, Douglas Wyo., 15.57.
Bull Riding: 1, Stetson Wright, Milford, Utah, 87 points on, Cervi Championship’s Magnum. 2, Tyler Taylor, Stephenville, Texas, 85.5. 3, Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash., 80.5.
Sixth Performance —
Bareback Riding: 1, 1, Keenan Hayes, Hayden, Colo., 85 points on Cervi Championship’s Honcho. 2, (tie) Cole Franks, Clarendon, Texas, and Bryce Eck, Redfield, Kan., 79.5 each. 3, Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb., 78.5. (total on two- semifinal qualifiers) 1, Hayes, 170. 2, Shabolt, 164. 3, Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas, 161.5.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Jayce Garthwaite, Powell Butte, Ore., 3.7 seconds. 2, Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D., 4.2. 3, Cody Mumma, Kremmling, Colo., 4.4. 4, Talon Roseland, Marshalltown, Iowa, 4.7. (total on two- semifinal qualifiers) 1, Mumma, 9.2 seconds. 2, Lord, 10.1. 3, Ty Everson, Laramie, Wyo., 14.1)
Team Roping: 1, Dawson and Dillon Grahm, Wainwright, Alberta, 4.0 seconds. 2, Paul Beckett, Laramie, Wyo., and Chad Wahlert, Kersey, Colo., 5.1. 3, Hayes Smith, Central Point, Ore., and Jason Duby, Klamath Falls, Ore., 5.3. 4, Bodie Mattson, Sturgis, S.D., and Cash Hetzel, Lemmon, S.D., 5.8. (total on two- semifinal qualifiers) 1, Kolton Schmidt, Barrhead, Alberta, and Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 13.6. 2, Beckett, and Wahlert, 16.7. 3, Smith, and Duby, 16.8.
Saddle Bronc Riding: Three qualified rides) 1, Stetson Wright, Milford, Utah, 82.5 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s, Hero. 2, Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla., 80.5. 3, Kash Deal, Faith, S.D., 65. (total on two- semifinal qualifiers) Pending
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Marcos Costa, Iretama, Brazil, 8.0 seconds. 2, Lane Livingston, Seymour, Texas, 8.1. 3, Seth Peterson, Wellington, Colo., 10.5. 4, Denton Oestmann, Ada, Okla., 11.1. (total on two — semifinal qualifiers)1, Peterson, 19.9. 2, Oestmann, 20.3. 3, Jody Green, Ada, Okla., 20.4.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Taycie Matthews, Wynne, Ark, 15.14 seconds. 2, Molly Pritchard, Byers, Colo., 15.18. 3, Kristi, Steffes, Vale, S.D., 15.34. 4, Rachelle Riggers, Lewiston, 15.36. (total on two- semifinal qualifiers) 1, Matthews, 30.04. 2, Steffes, 30.63. 3, Riggers, 30.63.
Bull Riding: (One qualified ride) Tyler Taylor, Stephenville, Texas, 77 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Spumoni. (total on two- semifinal qualifiers) Pending.
PROVIDED COURTESY OF SUSAN KANODE AND NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW TO TENN TEXAS MEDIA