Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Sixth Wright brother earns championship check

Saddle bronc rider Spencer Wright, competing on his permit, won his first PRCA rodeo April 30-May 1, sharing first place with Frank McKay at the Kern County Sheriff Reserve Stampede Days Rodeo in Bakersfield, Calif., to become the sixth of seven Wright brothers to have secured at least a share of a PRCA rodeo title. Wright, a 19-year-old who goes by the nickname “Red,” won his first PRCA paycheck (for $661) a week earlier at the Auburn (Calif.) Wild West Stampede – at the second professional rodeo he entered. In Bakersfield, Wright scored 76 points on Salt River Rodeo’s Good Night Irene to equal McKay’s effort on JK Rodeo Company’s Jingle Bob, and each man earned $1,157. Red will compete part time this year because he is a senior at Milford (Utah) High School. Cal Wright, a 29-year-old rancher, also competes part time, and it is possible this summer that rodeo fans may see as many as six Wright brothers at the same rodeo. Cody, 33, Alex, 22, and twins Jake and Jesse, 20, are competing full time in saddle bronc riding. Jake leads the PRCA Rookie Standings, while Jesse, the reigning PRCA Rookie of the Year, leads the brothers in the PRCA World Standings in 10th place. Stuart, the youngest Wright brother, is just 13...more

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