Jake Wright – Milford, Utah ($81,903)
7-time WNFR qualifier
Jake Wright’s season didn’t start off the way that he wanted it to, but finishing strong is giving him the chance to ride bucking horses at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the seventh consecutive year.
It will be a different experience than the previous six outings have been. Jake is one of the original saddle bronc riding Wright brothers having followed in older brother Cody’s footsteps. Then Jake’s twin brother, Jesse, qualified. Next it was the three of them and then younger brother Spencer got thrown in the mix.
This year, Jake is the only one of Bill and Evelyn’s sons that will nod his head in the famed yellow bucking chutes. However, he will be joined by his nephews, Ryder and Rusty Wright and brother-in-law CoBurn Bradshaw.
It’s not the only time that Jake has been the lone ranger of the family. All the rest of them, including Alex competed in college rodeo for the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. Jake went south to Western Texas College where he not only rode bucking horses, he also competed in the bull riding. He won the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association all-around title in 2009.
Jesse got hurt in July, took some time to heal and even though he came back before the season was over he came up short. CoBurn has been traveling with them as well as Alex who does all of the entering for the buddy group.
Jake’s season didn’t get started like he would have liked. He finally broke into the top 20 after winning the Guymon (Oklahoma) Pioneer Days the first of May. He surpassed $1 million in career earnings last year and is expected to add to that in Las Vegas.
Starting the NFR in 12th place gives Jake a lot of room to move up. He won $81,903 during the regular season. When he’s not busy riding bucking horses or with the family, he enjoys hunting. For 10 nights in Las Vegas the only thing he will be hunting is a paycheck and a gold buckle.