Stetson Wright Dazzles in Round 7, Winning Bull Riding on Second Re-ride

Stetson Wright rides Bloomer High Rise for 90.5pts during seventh performance the National Finals Rodeo Stetson Wright rides Bloomer High Rise for 90.5pts during seventh performance the National Finals Rodeo PRCA Photo by Phill Kitts
December 09, 2021

LAS VEGAS –During his short PRCA career, Stetson Wright has become a household name winning back-to-back all-around world championships and last year’s bull riding crown.
Add Wednesday night to his list of great accomplishments.
Wright rode three bulls in less than 15 minutes and then won Round 7 on his second re-ride bull.
The Milford, Utah, cowboy had a 90.5-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Bloomer’s High Rise.

“The pain is going to go away and especially after the tenth round is up, so I figured I’d put everything on the line,” said the exhausted Wright. “I risked getting every bone in my body broke to win and right now it’s going good, but we have a few more to go.”
 
Wright, 22, said he never been on three bulls in one rodeo at the PRCA level.
 
“No, not this high up,” he said. “What a better place to do it than here (Las Vegas). This is insane. There weren’t many people in the crowd and that was the loudest I’ve heard it.”
 
Wright earned $46,374, counting ground money, since he and Josh Frost were the only two cowboys to make the whistle in Round 7. Frost, who had a 52.5-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Record Rack’s Viper, earned $40,713.
 
Wright second in the PRCA | RAM World Standings in bull riding with $302,494. Sage Kimzey leads with $321,983. He’s second in the saddle bronc standings with $264,492.
Wright is a virtual lock to win his third consecutive all-around world championship with $467,194. Caleb Smidt is second in the all-around with $212,866.
“Yeah, I mean every one of those 14 guys in that locker room are working just as hard as me,” Wright said. “So, if I’m going to come out on top, I have to try and hit them harder.”
 
Bareback rider Jess Pope takes home third round win of 2021 Wrangler NFR
In his Wrangler NFR debut a year ago, bareback rider Jess Pope won the average.
 
This season the Kansas cowboy has returned to the NFR, and he’s continued to ride a tidal wave of momentum.
 
Pope had an 88.5-point trip on J Bar J’s All Pink to win Round 7. This was his third round win of the 2021 Wrangler NFR as he also won Round 1 and Round 2.
 
“I had never been on that horse before and I was really excited to have her,” Pope said. “I knew she would be really good one to have in this pen. I just had to use her up. I was absolutely terrified to double grab. I have seen her yank a lot of guys down and she is definitely a lot harder to ride two-handed than she is one-handed.”
 
Pope is thrilled to be on the heater he’s currently on.

“It feels awesome. I have prepared for this stage my whole my life,” Pope said. “There are three bucking horses left and there is three days left. I’m going to get one tomorrow and I’m going to take it one at a time. I’m not going to get in a hurry. Whatever happens, happens. God’s plan is awesome and I’m just excited that this is it for me right now.”
 
Pope has earned the most money of anybody in one event at this year’s NFR – not counting ground money – with $129,890.
 
Tyler Waguespack nails down steer wrestling win in Round 7
Steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack has had a strong Wrangler NFR, placing in four of the first six rounds.
 
On Wednesday, the Gonzales, La., cowboy won Round 7 with a blistering 3.3-second run.
 
“I knew I could be fast on him,” Waguespack said. “I just had to take a really good start at him and make sure and not break the barrier.”
 
Waguespack honestly wasn’t sure if he did get too early of a start.
 
“Usually, I hear someone say that I got out, but on that run, I didn’t hear anyone say anything and I knew I had a good start, but just had to look and make sure,” he said.
 
Waguespack has had a ton of success on Tyler Pearson and Kyle Irwin’s horse Scooter at past NFRs, but things are different now since Scooter retired this season.
 
“Oh, I would love to have Scooter here, when we picked up the horses at Tyler’s place in Oklahoma, Scooter was running around the pasture like he was ready to get in the trailer.” Waguespack said. “Casper is the third horse of Tyler Pearson’s that I have used, he does such an amazing job training horses and Casper is working fantastic. Casper stands in the box great and gives you a great go every time.”
 
Saddle bronc rider Wyatt Casper gets first round win of 2021 Wrangler NFR
Through six rounds of the 2021 Wrangler NFR things weren’t going Wyatt Casper’s way. He placed in just one round – second in Round 4.
 
Casper changed his luck in Round 7, claiming the win with an 89-point ride on Big Bend Rodeo’s Broken Camp.
 
“It feels good to finally get a round win here,” Casper said. “My week started off terribly slow, I screwed up three times. That ride tonight, that horse is really strong, so I just worked on getting a good mark out, setting my feet harder every jump, and it worked out.
“I guess I just had a brain lapse on my first one and rolled off that one. I thought I made a really good ride on Maple Leaf the second night, but I missed her out… I just finally had to sit down and block everything out. I took my mind back to the basics and focused on getting a good start.”
 
Tie-down roper Haven Meged captures Round 7 title
Back in 2019, Haven Meged was the world champion and average winner at the Wrangler NFR.
 
Meged displayed his great skills in Round 7, capturing the win with a 7.1-second run.
 
“That’s the thing just relaxing,” Meged said. “I could only do so much thinking about it, just had to hit the barrier, as long as I caught her, I knew she was going to be great on the ground.”
 
Meged has placed in four rounds and is fifth in the world standings with $184,691.
 
“I guess I’m glad I got the 19 in an earlier round, it lit a fire under me, made me mad, I was sick of missing the barrier,” Meged said. “I took a hit for trying to win a gold buckle, but I am just trying to battle back right now.”
 
Meged’s star horse Beyonce was once again a key to his success.
 
“She is amazing, she never takes your throw away from you, she’s easy at the barrier, as long as I do what I’m supposed do, she’s going to let me win.”
 
Team ropers Egusquiza/Graves, Tryan/Long split win
Team ropers Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves and Clay Tryan/Jake Long shared the Round 7 win as they had identical 3.7-second runs.
 
“It has been a long week, for me. I felt like I have been making it pretty hard on Travis this week to heel two feet,” Egusquiza said. “I pulled the steer a little bit better tonight and as long as I do that, I know he’s going to catch two feet every time.”
 
Graves was thrilled about the round win.
 
“This run is huge,” Graves said. “When you are 3 it is a great feeling. To win the round after we have had a long week, we can turn things around. Hopefully that’s what we have going, and I’m ready for the next three.”
 
Tryan and Long have had a decent week, earning $78,146 each.
 
“Anything that just doesn’t go left you have a chance on,” Tryan said. “He was straight down the middle. These rounds start getting tough down toward the end and we are going to try and go as fast as we can.
 
Long kept his team’s run is perspective.
 
“Obviously you want to do good in the average but when your week isn’t going like you want it to, you go as fast as you can every night and try and win as much money as you can,” he said.
 
Hailey Kinsel grabs top honors in barrel racing
Barrel racer Hailey Kinsel has her eyes focused on another world championship and that goal became a little clearer on Wednesday.
 
Kinsel clocked a 13.45-second time to snare the Round 7 title.
 
Kinsel is first in the world standings with $213,664.
 
“Sis started out really good and just feel like she has gotten stronger every night,” Kinsel said. “She has been really consistent. Getting to come for a round win is great but winning second is just as good, just a little less money. A round win always makes it a little sweeter.”
 
Kinsel said there was no big secret to her success Wednesday.
 
“It felt awesome tonight and the ground has been amazing,” she said. “I just took what had been going well and crossed off what I was doing wrong, and it worked out tonight.”


2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Results
Round 7, Dec. 8
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
Bareback Riding: Seventh round: 1. Jess Pope, 88.5 points on J Bar J’s All Pink, $26,997; 2. Kaycee Feild, 87.5, $21,336; 3. Richmond Champion, 87, $16,111; 4. (tie) Clayton Biglow and Caleb Bennett, 86, $9,144; 6. Orin Larsen, 85.5, $4,354; 7. Cole Franks, 85; 8. Cole Reiner, 84.5; 9. (tie) Tilden Hooper and Garrett Shadbolt, 83; 11. (tie) Tanner Aus and R.C. Landingham, 82; 13. (tie) Tim O’Connell, Zach Hibler and Taylor Broussard, NS. Average leaders: 1. Jess Pope, 615 points on seven head; 2. Kaycee Feild, 611.5; 3. Cole Franks, 601; 4. Cole Reiner, 598; 5. Richmond Champion, 595.5; 6. Orin Larsen, 593; 7. Clayton Biglow, 584.5; 8. R.C. Landingham, 584; 9. Tanner Aus, 579.5; 10. Garrett Shadbolt, 575; 11. Tilden Hooper, 572; 12. Tim O'Connell, 506.5 points on six head; 13. Caleb Bennett, 473.5; 14. Zach Hibler, 308 points on four head; 15. Taylor Broussard, 247 points on three head. World standings: 1. Kaycee Feild, $251,464; 2. Jess Pope, $239,913; 3. Tilden Hooper, $192,418; 4. Tim O’Connell, $191,456; 5. Clayton Biglow, $171,743; 6. Cole Reiner, $168,850; 7. Caleb Bennett, $159,357; 8. Richmond Champion, $156,081; 9. Garrett Shadbolt, $148,504; 10. Cole Franks, $147,955; 11. Orin Larsen, $139,195; 12. R.C. Landingham, $132,784; 13. Tanner Aus, $100,029; 14. Taylor Broussard, $82,381; 15. Zach Hibler, $75,381.
Steer Wrestling: Seventh round: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 3.3 seconds, $26,997; 2. Jacob Talley, 3.4, $21,336; 3. (tie) Tyler Pearson and Dakota Eldridge, 3.8, $13,716; 5. Riley Duvall, 3.9, $6,967; 6. Will Lummus, 4.2, $4,354; 7. (tie) Jesse Brown and Rowdy Parrott, 4.4; 9. Stetson Jorgensen, 4.5; 10. Tristan Martin, 5.1; 11. Curtis Cassidy, 18.6; 12. (tie) Scott Guenthner, Stockton Graves and Dirk Tavenner; Cody Devers, Out. Average leaders: 1. Tristan Martin, 30.9 seconds on seven head; 2. Will Lummus, 31.0; 3. Rowdy Parrott, 34.0; 4. Tyler Waguespack, 36.4; 5. Dakota Eldridge, 38.5; 6. Jesse Brown, 41.1; 7. Stetson Jorgensen, 41.5; 8. Tyler Pearson, 43.7; 9. Curtis Cassidy, 57.5; 10. Jacob Talley, 24.0 seconds on six head; 11. Riley Duvall, 24.7; 12. Dirk Tavenner, 33.6; 13. Scott Guenthner, 36.0; 14. Stockton Graves, 31.4 seconds on five head; 15. Cody Devers, 17.8 seconds on three head. World standings: 1. Jacob Talley, $201,280; 2. Tyler Waguespack, $177,231; 3. Dirk Tavenner, $170,926; 4. Riley Duvall, $148,132; 5. Tyler Pearson, $143,643; 6. Will Lummus, $136,262; 7. Dakota Eldridge, $130,320; 8. Tristan Martin, $125,146; 9. Jesse Brown, $121,518; 10. Stockton Graves, $111,268; 11. Rowdy Parrott, $98,155; 12. Stetson Jorgensen, $92,989; 13. Scott Guenthner, $92,791; 14. Curtis Cassidy, $78,902; 15. Cody Devers, $77,715.
Team Roping: Seventh round: 1. (tie) Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves and Clay Tryan/Jake Long, 3.7 seconds, $24,167 each; 3. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 4.2, $16,111; 4. (tie) Erich Rogers/Paden Bray and Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 4.4, $9,144; 6. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.8, $4,354; 7. (tie) Clay Smith/Jade Corkill and Clint Summers/Ross Ashford, 9.6 each; 9. Coy Rahlmann/Douglas Rich, 9.7 each; 10. Quinn Kesler/Joseph Harrison, 12.6; 11. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 14.1; 12. Brenten Hall/Chase Tryan, 19.0; 13. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, Derrick Begay/Brady Minor and Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, NT. Average leaders: 1. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 38.4 seconds on seven head; 2. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 47.9; 3. Erich Rogers/Paden Bray, 51.0; 4. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 37.7 seconds on six head; 5. Clay Smith/Jade Corkill, 42.3; 6. Quinn Kesler/Joseph Harrison, 47.6; 7. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 53.2; 8. Brenten Hall/Chase Tryan, 58.6; 9. Clay Tryan/Jake Long, 23.8 seconds on five head; 10. Coy Rahlmann/Douglas Rich, 37.0; 11. Derrick Begay/Brady Minor, 22.3 seconds on four head; 12. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 28.0; 13. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 37.6; 14. Clint Summers/Ross Ashford, 59.7; 15. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 16.8 seconds on three head. World standings (headers): 1. Dustin Egusquiza, $200,406; 2. Kaleb Driggers, $183,760; 3. Erich Rogers, $173,819; 4. Clay Tryan, $172,396; 5. Rhen Richard, $168,632; 6. Clay Smith, $163,678; 7. Tyler Wade, $135,179; 8. Quinn Kesler, $125,526; 9. Coleman Proctor, $125,443; 10. Derrick Begay, $120,518; 11. Andrew Ward, $115,418; 12. Coy Rahlmann, $112,244; 13. Cody Snow, $100,999; 14. Brenten Hall, $87,860; 15. Clint Summers, $84,483. World standings (heelers): 1. Junior Nogueira, $198,145; 2. Travis Graves, $179,759; 3. Jake Long, $173,371; 4. Paden Bray, $168,739; 5. Jeremy Buhler, $167,599; 6. Jade Corkill, $163,678; 7. Logan Medlin, $132,023; 8. Trey Yates, $130,323; 9. Joseph Harrison, $124,812; 10. Wesley Thorp, $123,358; 11. Buddy Hawkins II, $115,418; 12. Douglas Rich, $112,167; 13. Brady Minor, $111,503; 14. Chase Tryan, $89,130; 15. Ross Ashford, $81,822.
Saddle Bronc Riding: Seventh round: 1. Wyatt Casper, 89 points on Big Bend’s Broken Camp, $26,997; 2. Sage Newman, 87, $21,336; 3. (tie) Brody Cress and Spencer Wright, 86.5, $13,716; 5. Ryder Wright, 84.5, $6,967; 6. Cody DeMoss, 83; $4,354; 7. (tie) Layton Green and Dawson Hay, 81.5 each; 9. Stetson Dell Wright, 81; 10. (tie) Chase Brooks and Tegan Smith, 79.5 each; 12. Zeke Thurston, 74; 13. (tie) Kolby Wanchuk and Ben Andersen, NS; Wade Sundell, Out. Average leaders: 1. Brody Cress, 605.5 points on seven head; 2. Spencer Wright, 602.5; 3. Chase Brooks, 593; 4. Zeke Thurston, 590.5; 5. Cody DeMoss, 574.5; 6. Ryder Wright, 519.5 points on six head; 7. Layton Green, 489.5; 8. Dawson Hay, 489; 9. Stetson Dell Wright, 434 points on five head; 10. Tegan Smith, 424; 11. Wyatt Casper, 351.5 points on four head; 12. Kolby Wanchuk, 342; 13. Sage Newman, 339.5; 14. Ben Andersen, 156 points on two head; 15. Wade Sundell, 89.5 points on one head. World standings: 1. Ryder Wright, $273,320; 2. Stetson Dell Wright, $264,492; 3. Brody Cress, $229,514; 4. Zeke Thurston, $177,948; 5. Chase Brooks, $166,389; 6. Spencer Wright, $149,594; 7. Wyatt Casper, $147,635; 8. Tegan Smith, $136,793; 9. Dawson Hay, $130,349; 10. Sage Newman, $125,375; 11. Layton Green, $124,874; 12. Wade Sundell, $116,157; 13. Kolby Wanchuk, $116,018; 14. Cody DeMoss, $93,507; 15. Ben Andersen, $92,234.
Tie-Down Roping: Seventh round: 1. Haven Meged, 7.1 seconds, $26,997; 2. Westyn Hughes, 8.0, $21,336; 3. Cory Solomon, 8.1, $16,111; 4. Marcos Costa, 8.5, $11,321; 5. Ty Harris, 8.7, $6,967; 6. Shane Hanchey, 9.0, $4,354; 7. Tuf Case Cooper, 9.4; 8. Justin Smith, 9.5; 9. John Douch, 9.9; 10. Taylor Santos, 10.4; 11. Caleb Smidt, 10.6; 12. Marty Yates, 15.3; 13. (tie) Shad Mayfield, Hunter Herrin and Ryan Jarrett, NT. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 59.0 seconds on seven head; 2. Cory Solomon, 61.1; 3. Shane Hanchey, 64.4; 4. Westyn Hughes, 65.8; 5. Tuf Case Cooper, 66.9; 6. Haven Meged, 67.6; 7. Marty Yates, 70.3; 8. Ty Harris, 72.8; 9. Marcos Costa, 74.6; 10. Taylor Santos, 56.6 seconds on six head; 11. Ryan Jarrett, 69.9; 12. John Douch, 43.7 seconds on five head; 13. Shad Mayfield, 33.1 seconds on four head; 14. Justin Smith, 38.8; 15. Hunter Herrin, 63.7. World standings: 1. Caleb Smidt, $217,435; 2. Shane Hanchey, $216,431; 3. Westyn Hughes, $211,047; 4. Shad Mayfield, $195,910; 5. Haven Meged, $184,691; 6. Cory Solomon, $183,611; 7. Tuf Case Cooper, $173,147; 8. Ty Harris, $153,014; 9. Marty Yates, $151,464; 10. Marcos Costa, $150,739; 11. John Douch, $145,030; 12. Justin Smith, $122,951; 13. Ryan Jarrett, $118,044; 14. Taylor Santos, $108,182; 15. Hunter Herrin, $104,133.
Barrel Racing: Seventh round: 1. Hailey Kinsel, 13.45 seconds, $26,997; 2. Jordon Briggs, 13.57, $21,336; 3. Emily Miller-Beisel, 13.59, $16,111; 4. Shelley Morgan, 13.61, $11,321; 5. Stevi Hillman, 13.65, $6,967; 6. Molly Otto, 13.67, $4,354; 7. Nellie Miller, 13.69; 8. Amanda Welsh, 13.77; 9. Dona Kay Rule, 13.82; 10. Jessica Routier, 13.84; 11. Ivy Saebens, 13.86; 12. Wenda Johnson, 18.70; 13. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 18.86; 14. Lisa Lockhart, 23.92; 15. Cheyenne Wimberley, 23.94. Average leaders: 1. Jordon Briggs, 96.18 seconds on seven runs; 2. Hailey Kinsel, 100.52; 3. Emily Miller-Beisel, 100.88; 4. Stevi Hillman, 101.00; 5. Shelley Morgan, 101.45; 6. Amanda Welsh, 101.61; 7. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 101.99; 8. Nellie Miller, 102.05; 9. Jessica Routier, 102.88; 10. Molly Otto, 103.30; 11. Dona Kay Rule, 106.01; 12. Ivy Saebens, 111.55; 13. Cheyenne Wimberley, 111.59; 14. Lisa Lockhart, 112.33; 15. Wenda Johnson, 120.89. World standings: 1. Hailey Kinsel, $213,664; 2. Jordon Briggs, $172,708; 3. Emily Miller-Beisel, $160,545; 4. Shelley Morgan, $147,773; 5. Dona Kay Rule, $147,242; 6. Amanda Welsh, $132,422; 7. Stevi Hillman, $130,818; 8. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $128,200; 9. Wenda Johnson, $127,024; 10. Ivy Saebens, $123,914; 11. Cheyenne Wimberley, $111,299; 12. Lisa Lockhart, $100,734; 13. Jessica Routier, $88,847; 14. Nellie Miller, $85,519; 15. Molly Otto, $78,527.
Bull Riding: Seventh round: 1. Stetson Dell Wright, 90.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Bloomer’s High Rise, $46,374; 2. Josh Frost, 52.5, $40,713; 3. (tie) Sage Kimzey, Creek Young, J.B. Mauney, Trey Benton III, Parker Breding, Clayton Sellars, Ky Hamilton, Boudreaux Campbell, Shane Proctor, Ruger Piva, Roscoe Jarboe and Braden Richardson, NS. 15. Dustin Donovan Boquet, Out. Average leaders: 1. Parker Breding, 425.5 points on five head; 2. Josh Frost, 310 points on four head; 3. Stetson Dell Wright, 265.5 points on three head; 4. Boudreaux Campbell, 261; 5. Sage Kimzey, 258; 6. Clayton Sellars, 239; 7. Creek Young, 182.5 points on two head; 8. Ky Hamilton, 177; 9. Ruger Piva, 173.5; 10. Trey Benton III, 172.5; 11. Shane Proctor, 169; 12. Dustin Donovan Boquet, 163.5; 13. J.B. Mauney, 87.5 points on one head; 14. Roscoe Jarboe, 80.5; 15. Braden Richardson, NS. World standings: 1. Sage Kimzey, $321,983; 2. Stetson Dell Wright, $302,494; 3. Josh Frost, $228,585; 4. Creek Young, $210,336; 5. Parker Breding, $209,380; 6. Dustin Donovan Bouquet, $165,555; 7. Clayton Sellars, $164,859; 8. Ky Hamilton, $157,250; 9. Boudreaux Campbell, $147,623; 10. J.B. Mauney, $146,466; 11. Trey Benton III, $134,918; 12. Ruger Piva, $133,523; 13. Shane Proctor, $126,869; 14. Braden Richardson, $108,540; 15. Roscoe Jarboe, $105,778.
All-Around: Seventh round: 1. Stetson Dell Wright, $467,194; 2. Caleb Smidt, $212,866; 3. Rhen Richard, $190,000; 4. Payden Bray, $186,945; 5. Clay Smith, $179,468; 6. Tuf Case Cooper, $174,233; 7. Josh Frost, $156,044; 8. Taylor Santos, $132,787; 9. Marty Yates, $128,457; 10. Landon McClaugherty, $68,842. 
Top Gun Standings: 1. Jess Pope, $129,890; 2. Kaycee Feild, $125,608; 3. Dirk Tavenner, $101,877; 4. Tyler Waguespack, $100,877; 5. Hailey Kinsel, $100,135; 6. (tie) Jeremy Buhler and Rhen Richard, $97,087 each; 8. Ryder Wright, $91,426; 9. Caleb Smidt, $90,555; 10. Brody Cress, $87,072.

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