Rusty Wright – Milford, Utah ($118,192)
4-time WNFR qualifier
A year ago, Rusty Wright had the best regular season of his career, qualified for his third Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in third place and was on track to follow in his younger brother Ryder’s footsteps and win a gold buckle.
He had missed the 2017 season after breaking his arm the end of July. He finished in 22nd place and got to be a spectator in Las Vegas. Ryder left with a world championship and that gave Rusty confidence that if Ryder could do it, so could he. Along with the newfound confidence came the work. He was practicing for the NFR, had a wreck that resulted in broken ribs and a punctured lung. With just three weeks until Las Vegas, he took his Grandpa Bill’s advice and spent time in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
While he might not have been 100 percent during all 10 nights in Las Vegas, he still managed to win nearly $150,000 and finished the season in sixth place with $262,434. This year he has been in the hunt for another NFR qualification from the beginning of the season. His fourth trip to rodeo’s championships has him starting in fifth place with $118,192 in regular season earnings.
Saddle bronc riding may be what Rusty does to earn a living, and while it is very important to the family, there is so much more to all of the Wrights, including Rusty. His first priority is taking care of his growing family. He and his wife, Morgan, have a son, Rookie, and daughter, Memphis.
And his family life is just like his saddle bronc riding, he is all in. His rodeo career takes him away from them, but then when he is home, he makes up for that. Now, his family will be packing up and joining Rusty’s fans in Las Vegas where they hope he gets to join his father, uncles and brother as a world champion saddle bronc rider. He is already a world champion in his family’s eyes.