By Susan Kanode
For the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 21, 2015) — Despite riding with casts on both of his wrists, Jake Wright from Milford, Utah spurred his way to the top of the saddle bronc leader board at the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo Friday night.
Wright rode J Bar J Rodeo’s horse named Tipped Off for 84 points and $2,281. This is the first round of bracket 4 at the $1.65 million rodeo which has been named the PRCA’s Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year 10 times.
One of four brothers that qualified for last year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), Wright’s injuries started there last December. He sustained a compression fracture to his back in the ninth of ten rounds in Las Vegas. He also chipped a bone in one wrist and went on to hurt the other one in an accident at his home.
The back is healed and the casts don’t seem to be slowing the three-time NFR qualifier down. His older brother Cody is a two-time world champion. His twin brother Jesse and younger brother also have won gold buckles that signify they are the world’s best. Jake has had a lot of success at the NFR and in his career finishing in the top five in the world standings the past three years.
His nephew Rusty, Cody’s son is the only Wright advancing to the semifinals so far. Rusty advanced out of bracket 2. Cody is at home in Utah recovering from injuries. Jesse didn’t earn enough money in his bracket to qualify and Spencer will be competing in the fifth and final bracket. Jake is not assured a spot in the semifinals yet, but with two more horses to ride he has a great opportunity.
The 2007 San Antonio bareback riding champion is looking good in the AT&T Center as well. Will Lowe, from Canyon, Texas, rode J Bar J’s horse named Bar Bandit for 85 points to win the first round.
The second and third rounds of bracket four will be held here on Saturday during the matinee performance at 1 p.m. and the evening performance at 7:30.
The following are results from the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo which features over $1.65 million in cash and prizes.
BRACKET 4 —
Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 86 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Bar Bandit, $2,281. 2, Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas, 83, $1,711. 3, Colin Adams, Deloraine, Manitoba, 82, $1,141. 4, Brian Bain, Powell Butte, Ore., 79, $571.
Steer Wrestling: (first round) 1, Jason Thomas, Benton, Ark., 4.0, $2,281. 2, Clayton Moore, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, 4.1, $1,711. 3, Ethen Thouvenell, Hooper, Utah, 4.3, $1,141. 4, (tie) Tyler Waguespack, Boyd, Texas; Gary Gilbert, New Underwood, S.D., and Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas, 4.4 and $191 each.
Team Roping: (first round) 1, Coleman Proctor, Pyor, Okla., and Jake Long, Coffeyville, KAn., 4.8, $2,281. 2, (tie) Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta and Jeremy Buhler, Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Ryon VonAhn, Sac City, Iowa and J.W. Beck, Moville, Iowa, 5.4 and $1,426 each. 4, Chace Thompson, Munday, Texas, and Richard Durham, Henrietta, Texas, 5.5, $570.
Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 84 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Tipped off, $2,281. 2, (tie) Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., and Wade Sundell, Coleman, Okla., 80, $1,425 each. 4, Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 78, $571.
Tie-Down Roping: (first round) 1. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 7.7 seconds, $2,281. 2, Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan., 8.2, $1,711. 3, Mike Johnson, Henryetta, Okla., 8.3, $1,141. 4, Nate Baldwin, Blackfoot, Idaho8.4, $570.
Women’s Barrel Race: (first round) 1, Alexa Lake, Richmond, Texas, 13.86 seconds, $2,281. 2, Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, 13.89, $1,711. 3, Kelly Tovar, Rockdale, Texas, 13.91, $1,141. 4, Carlee Pierce, Edmond, Okla., 14.21, $570.
Bull Riding: (first round) 1, (tie) Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas, on C5 Rodeo’s Moe and Dylan Vick, Escalon, Calif., on C5 Rodeo’s Tricky Deal, 83 points and $1,996 each. 3, Rorey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D., 81, $1,141. 4, Tyler Taylor, Stephenville, Texas, 77, $570.
Courtesy of PRCA