Jesse Wright wins world title at National Finals
Utah rider barely finishes first in saddle bronc’s season standings.
Jesse Wright edged Cody DeMoss by $797 in the saddle bronc season standings for his first world title, finishing fourth with an 80.5-point ride on Pedro on Saturday night in the 10th and final round of the National Finals Rodeo.
“I didn’t have that great of a finals, but to come down to the end of it and to ride my horses and win the world title without being high up in the average (NFR aggregate) feels outstanding,” Wright said. “I had a great regular season and everything panned out enough here for it all to work out.
Wright, from Milford, Utah, earned $226,887.
“This is better than what I ever thought it would feel like,” he said. “It hasn’t come close to sinking in yet, and I can’t comprehend it. To be classified as a world champion and to be in the same category as my brother (Cody), who is a great bronc rider, is a dream I’ve had since I’ve started riding broncs.”
DeMoss, from Heflin, La., won the round with an 86 on Painted Feather and earned a $46,821 bonus by topping the NFR aggregate standings with 798.5 points for 10 rides.
Cody Wright led the NFR saddle bronc earnings race with $121,322. He was second with an 85 on Resistol’s Top Hat, and finished second in the aggregate with 740.5 points for nine rides.
In bull riding, Cody Teel of Kountze, passed J.W. Harris of Mullin in the final round to take the title. Teel earned $11,484 with the sixth-place NFR aggregate standings bonus to take the title with $201,978. Harris was second with $200,922. Both were bucked off in the final round.
In barrel racing, 53year-old Mary Walker of Ennis, won the season title in her first NFR, finishing sixth in 14.01 seconds. She earned $274,233, and finished with an event-best $146,941.
Carlee Pierce of Stephenville, won the round in 13.57.
In bareback riding, Kaycee Feild of Payson, Utah, repeated as wchampion and aggregate standings winner by tying for third with an 85.5 on Scarlett’s Web. Feild earned $276,850, and Will Lowe of Canyon, was second with $220,269. Feild is the first bareback rider to win consecutive titles since Lowe in 2006-07.
In steer wrestling, Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, Calif., won his second straight season title and fourth overall, finishing with $147,184. He tied for fifth in the round with a 4.2.
Branquinho is the first to win two straight titles since Ote Berry in 199091, and tied Berry and Jim Bynum for second place on the career steer wrestling title list with four.
In team roping, there was a split world championship for the first time since 2007 when Chad Masters of Cedar Hill, Tenn., won the header title with $196,099, and Jade Corkill of Fallon, Nev., took the heeler crown with $190,797. Clay O’Brien Cooper of Gardnersville, Nev., who is Masters’ partner, was second for heelers with $189,666, while Kaleb Driggers of Albany, Ga., who ropes with Corkill, was second among the headers with $194,888.
In tie-down roping, Tuf Cooper of Decatur won by finishing sixth in 7.9.
Cooper earned $232,885, while secondplace Justin Maass of Giddings, made $197,594.
In all-around, roper Trevor Brazile of Decatur clinched his record 10th world championship and seventh in a row Monday night. He earned $298,626.46.