Spencer Wright – Milford, Utah ($120,105)
3-time WNFR qualifier
2014 World Champion
For the past four years, Spencer Wright has been a spectator watching family members compete at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo – not this year.
The second youngest of the riding Wright clan that are the sons of Bill and Evelyn made consecutive trips in 2014 and 2015. His first appearance in the Thomas and Mack Center was one for the history books.
Spencer entered that year’s NFR in 13th place, placed or won nine out of the 10 rounds and left as the newly crowned world champion. The next year he qualified in ninth, but after a disappointing NFR finished in 14th. In 2016, he finished 44th in the world standings. The next year he was 30th. Then last year, he nearly made the trip back finishing in 17th place.
He has been traveling with his nephews, Rusty and Ryder Wright along with Mitch Pollock. They are all competing at this year’s NFR. Spencer started his season off with a good win at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo in Denver. He continued winning and will start the competition in fourth place with $120,105 in regular-season earnings.
Spencer’s status outside of the arena has changed. In May of last year, he got married. This year, he took some time away from the road to welcome he and wife Kallie Dawn’s daughter Steeley into the world. When he comes to Vegas this year, he won’t be just a member of the Wright family, he will have his family to add to the entourage.
Like his brothers before him, Spencer started competing as a youngster, went to the National High School Finals Rodeo and then on to college. Older brothers Cody and Jesse had both gone to the College of Southern Idaho, so it was no surprise that’s where Spencer wanted to go to.
He was the 2008 high school champion, won the College National Finals Rodeo in 2013 and got the gold buckle as the ultimate rodeo champion in 2014. He is the only contestant in recent history to win championships at all three levels. Now he is hoping to add another gold buckle to his collection.