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Stetson Wright smashes NFR season records

Stetson Wright caps epic season with all-around, bull riding titles at Wrangler NFR

Jackie Jensen Photography

LAS VEGAS – Stetson Wright capped his Wrangler NFR season for the ages Saturday night.

Wright set the single-season PRCA earnings record ($927,940), all-around single-season record ($758,829), bull riding single-season record at $592,144 and bull riding earnings at the NFR at $271,545, counting ground money before 17,788 spectators at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Teton Ridge.

“This year has been the best and the hardest year I have had in the PRCA,” said Wright, 23. “It started off really hot, moving to No. 1 in the world in broncs and bulls. And it kind of didn’t slow down from that point on. But I had a few injuries where I had to have surgery, sit out and miss some rodeos. When you are missing stuff like that, you don’t feel like you are doing your best. I had to learn a lot of patience. I had to trust everything my mom and dad said when I needed to sit out. I learned that if you wait and get healthy, you will do a lot better.”

Stetson Wright ended the NFR with $271,545 in the Bull Riding alone. Jackie Jensen Photography

The Milford Utah, cowboy now has seven career world championships – four in all-around (2019-22); two in bulls (2020 and 2022) and saddle bronc riding (2021).

Wright also placed in 15 out of the combined 20 rounds he competed in saddle bronc riding (seven) and bull riding (eight) at the Thomas & Mack Center. Wright finished fourth in the saddle bronc riding PRCA | RAM World Standings with $335,797.

“I didn’t think it was,” said Wright when asked about winning more than $900,000 in one season. “I feel like I have shocked myself a lot this year. It came with patience and trusting that everything would be all right. That was what this year was about.”

Wright was quick to point out he has no plans of taking his foot off the gas pedal.

“I love breaking my own records because that means I did better than I did the year before,” Wright said. “That’s my goal to be better. I feel like what I have done this year, I feel like I can do even better if I stay healthy and don’t miss anything. I really feel like I can do better and break more records.”

Courtesy of the PRCA

Champion Circle during the 10th Round of the NFR. Courtesy of the PRCA

National Finals Average Results

All-Around: 1. Stetson Wright, $758,829; 2. Caleb Smidt, $372,964; 3. Josh Frost, $307,965; 3. 4. Zack Jongbloed, $235,261; 5. Marty Yates, $225,732; 6. Haven Meged, $214,306; 7. Coleman Proctor, $212,521; 8. Rhen Richard, $181,703; 9. Taylor Santos, $159,179; 10. Paul David Tierney, $118,792.

Bareback Riding: 1. Jess Pope, 860 points on ten head, $74,150; 2. Cole Franks, 852, $60,159; 3. Kaycee Feild, 851, $47,568; 4. R.C. Landingham, 846, $34,976; 5. Leighton Berry, 839, $25,183; 6. Tim O’Connell, 838.5, $18,188; 7. Cole Reiner, 829.5, $12,592; 8. Ty Breuer, 812, $6,995; 9. Caleb Bennett, 807.5; 10. Garrett Shadbolt, 806.5; 11. Tilden Hooper, 761 points on nine head; 12. Rocker Steiner, 754.5; 13.   Tanner Aus, 738.5; 14. Clayton Biglow, 679 points on eight head; 15. Orin Larsen, 217.5 points on three head.

Steer Wrestling: 1. Kyle Irwin, 46.1 seconds on ten head, $74,150; 2. Jesse Brown, 48.1, $60,159; 3. Tyler Waguespack, 57.1, $47,568; 4. Will Lummus, 61.6, $34,976; 5. Tanner Brunner, 69.2, $25,183; 6. Hunter Cure, 39.3 seconds on nine head, $18,188; 7. J.D. Struxness, 41.9, $12,592; 8. Dakota Eldridge, 43.7, $6,995; 9. Dirk Tavenner, 54.7; 10. Stetson Jorgensen, 55.7; 11. Ty Erickson, 61.3; 12. Tristan Martin, 34.7 seconds on eight head; 13. Rowdy Parrott, 36.3; 14. Nick Guy, 47.8; 15. Timmy Sparing, 49.9.

Team Roping: 1. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 53.0 seconds on ten head, $74,150 each; 2. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 71.4 seconds on nine head, $60,159; 3. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 73.6, $47,568; 4. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 43.2 seconds on eight head, $34,976; 5. Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, 50.2, $25,183; 6. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 56.2, $18,188; 7. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 38.4 seconds on seven head, $12,592; 8. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 39.1, $6,995; 9. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 45.5; 10. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 30.3 seconds on six head; 11. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 32.2; 12. Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, 40.8; 13. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 44.9; 14. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 21.7 seconds on four head; 15. Clay Smith/Jake Long, 50.6

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1. Zeke Thurston, 876.5 points on ten head, $74,150; 2. Logan Hay, 863, $60,159; 3. Brody Cress, 777, $47,568; 4. Lefty Holman, 785 points on nine head, $34,976; 5. Stetson Wright, 781.5, $25,183; 6.        Dawson Hay, 775.5, $18,188; 7. Kade Bruno, 757, $12,592; 8. Kolby Wanchuk, 748, $6,995; 9. Tanner Butner, 728; 10. Chase Brooks, 687 points on eight head; 11. (tie) Sage Newman and Ryder Wright, 666; 13. Kole Ashbacher, 657.5; 14. Wyatt Casper, 649.5; 15. Layton Green, 562.5 points on seven head.

Tie-Down Roping: 1. Caleb Smidt, 82.5 seconds on ten head, $74,150; 2. Cory Solomon, 93.4, $60,159; 3. Zack Jongbloed, 95.8, $47,568; 4. Haven Meged, 117.5, $34,976; 5. Tyler Milligan, 129.9, $25,183; 6. Macon Murphy, 136.2, $18,188; 7. Hunter Herrin, 87.1 points on nine head, $12,592; 8. Ty Harris, 96.8, $6,995; 9. Marty Yates, 69.1 seconds on eight head; 10. Shad Mayfield, 92.8; 11. Shane Hanchey, 104.3; 12. Riley Webb, 66.8 seconds on seven head; 13. Kincade Henry, 60.4 seconds on six head; 14. John Douch, 39.4 seconds on five head; 15. Tuf Cooper, 51.5

Barrel Racing: 1. Shelley Morgan, 137.28 seconds on ten runs, $74,150; 2. Bayleigh Choate, 138.98, $60,159; 3. Lisa Lockhart, 141.66, $47,568; 4. Jordon Briggs, 142.41, $34,976; 5. Wenda Johnson, 142.76, $25,183; 6. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 143.01, $18,188; 7. Sissy Winn, 144.03, $12,592; 8. Hailey Kinsel, 146.06, $6,995; 9. Margo Crowther, 146.98; 10.     Kassie Mowry, 152.33; 11. Emily Beisel, 155.50; 12. Jessica Routier, 158.19; 13. Dona Kay Rule, 159.34; 14. Stevi Hillman, 164.56; 15. Leslie Smalygo, 144.69 seconds on nine head.

Bull Riding: 1. Stetson Wright, 684.5 points on eight head, $74,150; 2. Josh Frost, 589.5 points on seven head, $60,159; 3. Ky Hamilton, 510 points on six head, $47,568; 4. Tristen Hutchings, 447 points on five head, $34,976; 5. Trevor Kastner, 429, $25,183; 6. Trey Kimzey, 347 points on four head, $18,188; 7. Garrett Smith, 256.5 points on three head, $12,592; 8. Trey Holston, 175.5 points on two head, $6,995; 9. Jeff Askey, 175; 10. Creek Young, 169; 11. Cole Fischer, 159.5; 12. JR Stratford, 90 points on one head; 13. Jared Parsonage, 81.5; 14. (tie) Maverick Potter, Lukasey Morris and Reid Oftedahl, NS

Top Gun: 1. Zeke Thurston, $256,078; 2. Stetson Wright, $237,812; 3. Jess Pope, $231,361; 4. Caleb Smidt, $225,221; 5. Logan Hay, $199,960; 6. (tie) Patrick Smith and Tanner Tomlinson, $199,727 each; 8. Lefty Holman, $191,410; 9. Kaycee Feild, $185,348; 10. Tristen Hutchings, $183,482.

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