Stetson Wright, the blue shirt, Resistol-wearin’ cowboy broke records at The American Rodeo by Teton Ridge.
This past Saturday, the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Field had a sold-out stadium to watch the 10th Annual American Rodeo, the richest single-day rodeo.
The night started with the semi-finals of the top 10 competitors in each event. From there, four would advance to the finals, known as the Final Shootout Round. Cody Johnson, country star and Resistol-wearer himself, performed between the rounds. Contestants competed for a $100,000 purse. Those eligible competed for a chance at the million-dollar bonus in the finals.
The night was jam-packed with breaking rodeo records, especially for Stetson Wright, the 23-year-old Utah native. Wright immediately put the audience on the edge of their seats in the saddle bronc.
Stetson Wright and Dawson Hay both rode for a 92.5 score in the saddle bronc finals. It tied the previous record set by Wade Sundell.
For the first time in The American Rodeo history, the two competed in a head-to-head ride-off to determine the winner. Stetson Wright took the crown with an 89.5, winning the title and a $100,000 check.
He continued his victories in bull riding. With an incredible 92-point ride, he took home another $100,000 check. This made him the first athlete to win two titles at The American Rodeo.
Securing the two wins named Wright the All-Around Champion at The American Rodeo.