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Ryder Wright Breaks Onto the Scene

by ProRodeo.com | Apr 04, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Ryder Wright patiently waited for his opportunity to compete in PRCA rodeos, and has wasted no time in making his impact.

Wright, son of two-time World Champion Saddle Bronc RiderCody Wright and the brother of Rusty – who finished third in the world in 2015 – has taken victory laps at four rodeos in the past two weeks.

“I’ve been practicing for this my whole life, and I’ve always known this is what I wanted to do,” Ryder Wright said. “I think I’m prepared mentally and physically, so I wasn’t too surprised with my success so far.”

Wright celebrated his 18th birthday March 12, and quickly filled his PRCA permit during the last week of March. During the last weekend of March, he won the saddle bronc riding in Goliad, Texas, and then took the all-around, saddle bronc riding and bull riding titles in El Paso, Ark.

For an encore, Wright won the Cave Creek (Ariz.) Fiesta Days Rodeo and ABC ProRodeo in Lubbock, Texas, this past weekend.

His 81.5-point effort on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Night Watch earned him the title in Cave Creek, which was the first rodeo he entered on his PRCA card. His 84.5-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Nod Big’s Holy Water in Lubbock made it a haul of nearly $3,000 for Wright this weekend.

Wright finished fifth at the Walker County Fair & Rodeo in Huntsville, Texas. His brother, Rusty, took first, which meant the brother duo won three of the four PRCA rodeos on the April 1-3 docket.

“It’s always been a dream for us to be on the road together competing with each other, and it’s crazy that it’s happening now,” Ryder said of traveling with Rusty. “I have so much support from him, my dad and my whole family, and I’m very thankful. We take a lot of pride being a part of this family.”

The only other winner at multiple rodeos this weekend was steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack. The 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER qualifier won in Huntsville with a 4.2-second run, and also was tops in Lubbock with a time of 3.8 seconds. He totaled $3,092 and moved to fifth in the April 4 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $25,136.

Courtesy of PRCA