Jesse Wright wins world ti­tle at Na­tional Fi­nals

Utah rider barely fin­ishes first in sad­dle bronc’s sea­son stand­ings.

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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.

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