Wesley Thorp – Throckmorton, Texas ($87,296)
4-time WNFR qualifier
2019 World Champion
In five years as a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Wesley Thorp has racked up over half a million dollars in earnings and qualified for four Wrangler National Finals Rodeos. Not bad for a ranch kid from Throckmorton, Texas.
He also has two National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association titles to his credit and has won a slew of jackpots. Wesley’s first trip to Las Vegas came with another young roper, Zac Small. They were both still in college. Zac had been accepted to veterinarian school, so he had to focus on his education after that.
Then Wesley started roping with Cody Snow, the 2015 heading rookie of the year. That partnership has stayed strong and they are headed to their third NFR together. They won $108,788 at last year’s NFR and Wesley finished the season in fourth place.
He did that on a borrowed horse. His great horse, Million Dollar Lexus “Lex” had a torn meniscus and ACL that required surgery. So he borrowed a horse “Rio” from Dustin Searcy that worked well in the Thomas and Mack Center.
Lex is back and has been at rodeos this summer. So has Little Hickory Boon “RayJ” and this year Wesley will be on his own horses at the NFR. He’ll start the competition in 10th place with $87,296 won during the regular season.
Wesley’s got his start in the arena with his father Jahew who ranches and ropes. Jahew got his start from his father Buzzy who still rides at 80 plus and has made some really good horses too. Now, Wesley’s two-year-old son’s favorite toy is his rope and it looks like Matthew Thorp is carrying the tradition on.
The Thorp family grew again this year when Wesley’s wife, Susanna gave birth to another son, Charlie. Wesley and Susanna live near Stephenville but make the trip to Throckmorton to watch his younger brother Wyatt play football whenever they get a chance.
From Friday Night Lights to the lights of Las Vegas, the Thorp family has a lot to look forward to in December.