COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Courtesy PRCA – The Wrights started this 56th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo by making history as the first set of four brothers to qualify into rodeo’s Super Bowl and finished the thing on Dec. 13 with a whole new spate of history making, starting with Spencer Wright’s ascension to the position of world champion saddle bronc rider.
Spencer Wright set an event record for biggest jump in the world standings from the first day of the WNFR to the last – 13th to 1st – and in doing so became the third brother to earn a gold buckle, something no other family has ever achieved.
More? Three of the four Wright brothers finished among the top four in the WNFR average with Spencer being followed by Cort Scheer and then twin brothers Jake and Jesse Wright, in third and fourth; only two-time world champion Cody Wright missed the fun as he suffered a dislocated shoulder in Round 7 and had to sit out two rounds due to the injury.
At least one Wright earned a check in nine of the 10 rounds (winning three rounds) and they finished strong. In rounds 7-10, Spencer, Jesse and Jake all earned checks, the first time in the history of the WNFR that three brothers have won checks in the same round four times; they had previously shared the record of three with Billy, Robert and Dan Etbauer.
And Spencer Wright’s achievement of winning the WNFR average and the world in the same year had not been done since 2010 – by Cody Wright.