Saddle Bronc Rider Jesse Wright, 2012 WNFR Qualifier

By Linda Peterson

Going to a rodeo for saddle bronc rider Jesse Wright is a family affair. Jesse is the twin brother of Jake Wright who also rides saddle broncs, as do brothers Cody, Alex and Spencer! The twin brothers are the eighth and ninth of 13 children born to Bill, a rancher and mother Evelyn, who is a school teacher. The 22 year-old cowboy is married to wife Molly, who is studying to be a registered nurse. Jesse is an avid hunter and fisherman and travels with three of his brothers and Rusty Allen. Wright won the saddle bronc riding at the National High School Finals Rodeo in 2007. He went to Western Texas College in 2008 for a year and during that time he won the National College Finals Rodeo all-around title and was the Southwest Region Champion in saddle bronc riding.

He joined the PRCA in 2009 and in 2010 he won the Wend Wood Memorial (Cedar City, Utah), the Sanders County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Plains, Mont.) and the Barstow (Calif.) Boys and Girls Club Rodeo.

In 2011, he won Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and the St. George (Utah) Dixie Round-up and was Co-Champion at the Cache County Fair and Rodeo (Logan, Utah which qualified him for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.  Here, his star shown brightly as he won four rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and placed in four other rounds.  He set an NFR records for saddle bronc riding earnings with $160,962 and average with 848.5 points on 10 head, finishing the season ranked number two in the World Standings.

Jesse qualified for the 2012 WNFR ranked number one in the World Standings and leads Wade Sundell by  little less than $20,000.  In 2012 he has won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.), won the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, won the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo, won the New Mexico Stampede (Rio Rancho, N.M.), won the Rodeo de Santa Fe (N.M.) and was Co-champion at the Grand National Rodeo (San Francisco, Calif.), Co-champion at the Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo and Co-champion at the Evanston (Wyo.) Cowboy Days.