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New York Times Story on Wrights Receives More Acclaim

The Wright brothers all competed during the second round of the Helldorado Days PRCA rodeo. Photo by Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The PRCA continues to receive a jolt in mainstream media, thanks to journalist John Branch.

The renowned New York Times writer wrote a story for his newspaper on rodeo and the Wright family. The six-page piece ran in The New York Times on March 15, 2015, on PRCA’s world championship saddle bronc riding family.

That story was selected for the 2016 Best American Sports Writing anthology and Branch has plans on extending the story on the Wrights into a book. In a Facebook post Wednesday, Branch said the following:

“With luck, the book (still untitled) will be out in a year,” Branch said. “Proud to know the Wrights, an incredible family with a timeless story.”

Branch joined The New York Times in 2005 as a sports reporter. He won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2013 for “Snow Fall,” a story about a deadly avalanche in Washington State, and was a finalist for the prize in 2012 for his series of stories about Derek Boogaard, a professional hockey player who overdosed on pain killers.

Courtesy of PRCA