SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 11, 2018) – Less than a year after graduating from high school, Rusty Wright had the biggest win of his up-and-coming career as a saddle bronc rider at the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo. That was three years ago and he is ready for a repeat in 2018.
Wright, from Milford, Utah, earned the title and $22,246 to help him qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He is again having success in the AT&T Center. He is one of 10 saddle bronc riders competing in Bracket 2 and is the high money winner here so far with one more round to go. Wright split the win in the first round with the 2016 world champion, Zeke Thurston, from Big Valley, Alberta. Then on Sunday afternoon, he was the lone man at the top of the leaderboard after scoring 86 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s horse named Happy Valley. A horse that bucked Rusty’s father, Cody Wright, off in San Antonio last year.
The Wright family has become the first family of saddle bronc riding. Cody has won two world championships. His brothers Jesse and Spencer each have one. And, just last December at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), Rusty’s younger brother, Ryder, won his own gold buckle. Cody and his two sons travel together and while Cody isn’t competing here, Ryder is. He finished in a tie for second place on Sunday and he and Rusty are hoping to be competing together at the Semifinals.
There is a tie at the top of the leaderboard in barrel racing in Bracket 2. Ivy Conrado, from Hudson, Colorado, won here on Sunday riding her palomino mare, KN Fabs Gift of Fame. They stopped the clock in 14.04 seconds, the fastest time of this bracket. Conrado finished second on Saturday night behind Fort Worth, Texas, resident Tillar Murray, who was second Sunday afternoon. They each have already earned, $4,162 here. Monday night’s performance will determine who is the high-money earner in this bracket.
While the temperatures in San Antonio are near freezing, the weather was still better here than it was at Ty Breuer’s home in Mandan, N.D. Breuer competed in the bareback riding at the NFR last December for the third time, shortly after the birth of his daughter. While it is hard to be away from his family, he got to call with good news this weekend. He won the round on Saturday night and finished second behind Wyoming’s Seth Hardwick on Sunday. Breuer is in the lead in the money standings with $4,162.
Round three of Bracket 2 will start at 7 p.m. on Monday. That competition will determine the top four money earners in each event who will advance to the Semifinals.
The following are results after the fifth performance of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, the 13-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year.
Bracket 2, round 2, followed by total money –
Bareback Riding: 1, Seth Lee Hardwick, Ranchester, Wyo., 84 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Salsa Verde, $2,378. 2, Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 81, $1,784. 3, Taylor Broussard, Estherwood, La., 80, $1,189. 4, Justin McDaniel, Parkfield, Calif., 76, $595. (total money) 1, Breuer, $4,162. 2, Hardwick, $2,378. 3, Jordan Pelton, Halliday, N.D., $1,784. 4, Broussard, $1,486.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Will Lummus, West Point, Miss., 3.9 seconds, $2,378. 2, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, La., 4.0, $1,784. 3, Kody Woodward, Dupree, S.D., 4.6, $1,189. 4, Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 4.7, $595. (total money) 1, (tie) Lummus and Irwin, $2,378 each. 3, (tie) Josh Garner, Live Oak, Calif., and Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii, $2,081 each.
Team Roping: 1, Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, 4.7 seconds, $2,378 each. 2, (tie) Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont., and Nano Garza, Las Cruces, N.M.; and Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn., and Brad Culpepper, Sylvester, Ga., 5.4, $1,486 each. 4, Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla., and Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 5.9, $595. (total money) 1, Wade and Skelton, $3,567 each. 2, Proctor and Saebens, $2,973. 3, Tryan and Garza, $2,081. 4, Cory Kidd V, and Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas, $1,784.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah, 86 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Happy Valley, $2,378. 2, Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas, 83.5, $1,784. 3, (tie) Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, and Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah, 83, $892 each. (total money) 1, Rusty Wright, $4,459, 2, Diaz, $2,973. 3, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, $2,081. 4, (tie) Crawley, and Ryder Wright, $1,189 each.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, 8.8 seconds, $2,378. 2, Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas, 8.9, $1,784. 3, (tie) Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, and Ace Sloan, Cuero, Texas, 9.3, $892 each. (total money) 1, Richard, $2,973. 2, Smith, $2,675. 3, Randall Carlisle, Athens, La., $2,378. 4, Durfey, $1,784.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo., 14.04 seconds, $2,378. 2, Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 14.19, $1,784. 3, Callahan Crossley, Hermiston, Ore., 14.27, $1,189. 4, Emily Miller, Weatherford, Okla., 14.37, $595. (total money) 1, (tie) Conrado and Murray, $4,162 each. 3, Crossley, $1,784. 4, Nicole Laurence, Cresson, Texas, $1,189.
Bull Riding: 1, Koby Radley, Montpelier, La., 84.5 points on Cervi Brother Rodeo’s Greeley Hat Works Hooky, $2,378. 2, Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas, 83.5, $1,784. 3, Tate Smith, Litchville, N.D., 78, $1,189. 4, Rugar Piva, Challis, Idaho, 75, $595. (total money) 1, Campbell, $3,567. 2, (tie) Radley and Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas, $2,378 each. 4, (tie) Smith, Piva, and Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, $1,189 each.