Rodeo: Utahns have the Wright stuff in the National Finals Rodeo in saddle bronc riding
LAS VEGAS — Jake and Jesse Wright from Milford, Utah, made history when the twin brothers qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in saddle bronc riding.
They added another record during the third performance when they tied for the win in the third round on Saturday in the Thomas & Mack Center. They each had 87 point rides on Saturday night, Jake on Bar T Rodeo's Big John and Jesse on Frontier Rodeo's Let Er Rip.
Jesse Wright is first in the world standings with $180,360 while Wade Sundell of Boxholm, Iowa, remained in second with $147,115. Sundell finished fourth with an 84 on Hickok.
"It just took me falling in the dirt (in round two) for me to remember why I'm here and what I'm doing," Jesse Wright said. "Now I'm just back to having some fun and riding broncs with my buddies. Each night we all come out here with a clean slate and we all go for the top spot."
Cody Wright leads the NFR aggregate standings race with 331.5 points over four rounds while Jesse Wright tops the NFR earnings race with $47,263.
FEILD CONTINUES TO LEAD BAREBACK: Reigning world bareback riding champion Kaycee Feild strengthened his bid for a second world championship Sunday night during the fourth round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
The Payson cowboy marked an 87-point ride aboard Classic Pro Rodeo's Kattle Katie to stretch his lead for the world title to $29,980 over three-time world champion Will Lowe.
Lowe, who failed to cash a check Sunday night, had tightened Feild's lead to $11,723 on Saturday night when Lowe won the round. So far Feild has won $50,011 here, the highest amount of any of the 15 bareback riders.
Feild said Lowe is one of his best friends and he enjoys the competition between the two. "I know he wants to add to his three championships," he said. "But, I want to be the best in the world, too. So the competition is really great."
Caleb Bennett, of Morgan, Utah, took second on Sunday with 86 points.
OTHER NOTABLE UTAHNS: Spanish Fork's Clint Robinson placed third in tie-down roping with 8.2 seconds. Robinson is currently in fourth place in that event and fifth place in the all-around.
Tag Elliot, of Thatcher, is in 15th place in bull riding, with Chris Roundy of Spanish Fork (17th) and Tim Bingham of Honeyville (20th) right behind.
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