By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
As the PRCA season closes in on the final third, it means a chance for the Wright family from Milford to make its yearly appearance at Iron Rangers Arena for the Cedar City PRCA Rodeo that happened last Friday and Saturday.
For the saddle bronc competition, brother-in-law CoBurn Bradshaw of Beaver got the horse he liked and rode it to a first-place check.
Bradshaw scored an 84 aboard A Little Bit of Buddah and finished just ahead of Spencer Wright to pocket $1,906 on Friday in front of an appreciative hometown crowd.
“I was happy to see I drew that horse,” Bradshaw said. “I had her in San Bernardino (Calif.), and I think I won or took second on her there. It went good again today.”
Spencer Wright made the most out of his opportunity to run between Cedar City and Delta’s Days of the Old West Rodeo that happened a day earlier, winning the saddle bronc there and adding nearly $1,900 to go with his $1,462 for finishing second in front of friends and family.
“One horse at a time,” Wright said. “I had a good horse, can’t complain.”
Spencer moved up three places in the PRCA saddle bronc standings to 34th and increased his season earnings to $15,606. CoBurn Bradshaw reclaimed second place from defending gold-buckle champion Zeke Thurston with $63,863.
“This is the best time of the year,” Bradshaw said. “You always want to draw a good horse, but if you don’t, try to help them along as much as you can to make them as good as they can be.”
Among the rest of the Wright family, Rusty Wright finished tied for third with Landon Meacham at Cedar City, Jake Wright came in fifth and Jesse Wright was seventh out of eight cowboys who earned a paycheck for the night’s work.
In addition, Jesse finished second to Spencer in the Delta rodeo, adding $1,438 to his weekend and staying at seventh in the standings. Cody Wright, who won at Spanish Fork on June 3, did not compete this week due to a recurring shoulder injury.
Across the other events at the rodeo, several Utah cowboys came through with good paydays for their efforts. The Frost brothers from Randlett were two of only three cowboys to cash in the bull riding, with Joe winning more than $2,900 with an 85 aboard Bone Shaker and Josh finishing third with a 77, good for $1,966.
Joe Frost is fifth in the world standings and Josh is 13th overall. The top 15 qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.
In the barrel racing, Kimmie Wall of Roosevelt ran the course in a time of 17.50 seconds, good for sixth overall and $769. Jessie Telford had the winning time at 17.28 to earn $2,017.
The PRCA will return to Utah for the Parowan rodeo as part of the Iron County Fair over Labor Day weekend.