Jesse Wright – Milford, Utah ($96,505)
8-time WNFR qualifier
It would be easy to assume that if Jesse Wright hadn’t won RodeoHouston last March, he wouldn’t be competing at his eighth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
When there is a saddle bronc rider with the last name of Wright, assumptions go out the window. Jesse will compete at the NFR with $96,505 in regular-season earnings starting in 13th place.
On March 16, he won the championship at Houston and $59,250. If he hadn’t won that he would have finished well outside the top 15. Or would he? The Wright family is known for their work ethic, their classic riding style and their never quit attitudes. Sure, the money from Houston, which counted in the world standings for the first time in years, got him to the 2019 NFR. If he hadn’t won it in Houston, he would have had to earn that money at other rodeos and that could easily have happened.
Jesse is married and he and his wife Aubrey have two young sons and a daughter. He loves riding bucking horses and his success in the arena has given him the opportunity to provide for his family. His passion to be a cowboy drives it all.
His first trip to Las Vegas was in 2010. He had finished the season in 16th place, but an injured Rod Hay withdrew. Jesse made the most of the situation placing in eight out of ten rounds and finishing fourth in the world standings.
The next year, he again qualified for the NFR and finished as the reserve world champion. His third consecutive trip to Vegas came in 2013 where he left with the gold buckle that he had been dreaming about winning. Last year, Jesse was among the spectators after breaking his collarbone. He went home, had surgery and finished the season in 27th place.
The Wright family has rewritten the rodeo record books. Jesse has qualified for the NFR with his older brother Cody, twin Jake and younger brother Spencer. This year, Spencer is back as well as Jake’s nephews Rusty and Ryder in the saddle bronc and Stetson in the bull riding.
They never set out to break records or to become famous, but with their talent and success in the arena, they have become the most famous rodeo family in decades. With the next generation competing now and more kids that want to grow up and be cowboys, there is no telling where this story will go.