Stetson Wright Dominates the Arena

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Stetson Wright is carrying on the Wright family legacy in the saddle bronc riding—and blazing new trails of his own. The 22-year-old from Milford, Utah, just became the winningest regular-season all-around money earner with $282,722 in saddle bronc riding and bull riding.

He overtook Trevor Brazile’s record of $218,852, set in 2015. Stetson is also headed to his third consecutive WNFR, leading the all-around cowboy and saddle bronc rider standings. With $320,482 in all-around earnings for the season, he surpasses Paden Bray, who has $135,143 in second place, by more than double. And as the first of his family to compete in bull riding, Stetson is also the defending 2020 World Champion Bull Rider, sitting second to Sage Kimzey in the standings with $204,100.

Wright sharpens Wright

With two world all-around titles to his name as well, Stetson is yet to win a world title in the saddle bronc riding. It’s a goal he’s spurred on to by his older brother, Ryder, who’s sitting second in the standings with $181,894. Ryder won the saddle bronc riding in 2020 and 2017. The brothers traveled together this year through mid-summer, before jumping in with other travel partners so Stetson could enter more Extreme Bulls events. Even when they’re not entering together, the brothers stay closely in touch, watching videos or livestreams of each other’s rodeos. They’ll be competing alongside their uncle, Spencer Wright, at the WNFR, one of five of their uncles who have competed in saddle bronc riding in the PRCA.

Record-breaking goals

Stetson’s long-term goals are to break Ty Murray’s record of seven all-around titles in roughstock, then surpass Trevor Brazile’s 14 all-around titles. Among the 23 rodeos he won this season in the all-around, Stetson won the coveted Big 4 Rodeo Association’s Best in the Northwest title. He accumulated the most points competing in the Kennewick Horse Heaven Round-Up, Walla Walla Frontier Days, Lewiston Roundup, and the Pendleton Round-Up. His dad, Cody Wright, won the same title in 2011. They are the first father-son Big 4 Champions. Stetson will be awarded a custom saddle for the title in Las Vegas before the WNFR, with hopes of adding one—or three—gold buckles to his accomplishments.

About the Author

Lily Landreth and Sugar at the Snake River Stampede.
Lily Landreth and Sugar

Lillian Landreth is a freelance writer and editor. She particularly enjoys writing about rodeo and the extraordinary people and animals who make the lifestyle fascinating. The author of more than 1,000 stories, her writing has appeared in the Rodeo News; The Ketchpen, published by the Rodeo Historical Society and National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; and local newspapers. She is also working on her first novel. When she’s not writing, Lily enjoys riding with the Snake River Stampeders night light drill team, coaching the EhCapa Bareback Riders, a PRCA specialty act, and teaching horseback riding lessons. She makes her home in Southwest Idaho with her entrepreneurial husband, their dog, horse, and cows.

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