It was business as usual for two-time PRCA World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Ryder Wright in Nampa, Idaho, over the weekend.
Wright put on show for the crowd at the Snake River Stampede, which concluded July 24, winning the rodeo with 177 points on two head in the average. The Milford, Utah, cowboy capped off the title with an 88-point ride on the Cervi Brothers’ Mortician in the finals.
“That horse was awesome I knew when I went in that I had a little wiggle room, but every time I nod my head I’m not riding for the average, I’m looking for go-round wins,” said Wright, 23. “I’ve watched that horse a couple of times, he jumped out there and did exactly what I thought he was going to do, then it was just up to me to do my thing.”
Wright did his thing and then some. The first-round win and the average title paid out $7,900 to the PRCA | RAM World Standings leader, adding to his already impressive season as he looks to repeat as world champion in Las Vegas in December.
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“I’m feeling really good, I’m riding good, everything seems to be working out for me right now,” Wright said. “I’m going to try and keep the ball rolling for as long as I can.”
He hopes that success will roll right into the Thomas & Mack Center in Vegas but says he won’t let the situation become bigger than it actually is.
“I just try to keep it simple and treat every rodeo just like it’s another rodeo,” Wright said. “Instead of letting the situation become bigger than it is, just stick to the basics.”
Wright will look to keep his championship train on the tracks next week, heading to the prestigious Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days.
“We’ll be there Tuesday, and I can’t wait for it to be honest with you,” Wright said.
Other winners of the $361,449 rodeo were all-around cowboy Marty Yates ($7,676, tie-down roping and team roping); bareback riders Caleb Bennett (174.5 points on two head) and Jamie Howlett (174.5 points on two head); steer wrestler Cody Cabral (12.3 seconds on three head) and Curtis Cassidy (12.3 seconds and three head); team ropers Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves (13.5 seconds on three head); saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright (177 points on two head); tie-down roper Hunter Herrin (26.0 seconds on three head); barrel racer Kelly Bruner (33.23 seconds on two runs) and bull rider Jeff Askey (176.5 points on two head).
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