As the sport of rodeo evolves, the face of Resistol cowboy Stetson Wright serves as its cover.
Since he blasted onto the scene in 2019, he’s earned five world championships – three straight all-around titles, one in bull riding from 2020 and the bronc riding crown last year . He’s been dominant in doing so, and he didn’t let down this year.
His list of titles in 2022 is extensive. He won 16 championships throughout the campaign, and that’s just in bull riding. He added another 17 titles in saddle bronc riding and 28 all-around crowns.
Sixty-one titles for one man in a single season is incredible. As the No. 1 bull rider in the world standings, Wright has earned $320,599 and owns a lead of more than $95,000 over the field as they prepare for the National Finals Rodeo, set for Dec. 1-10 at Las Vegas.
“Bronc riding always feels better when you do it right,” said Wright, 23, of Milford, Utah, “but there’s not a thing in the world like making an awesome bull ride and have people standing on their feet.”
He has people standing a great deal of time. He’s a fan-favorite, even in a family that boasts of so many world titlists, all in saddle bronc riding: Dad Cody has two, brother Ryder has two, and uncles Jesse and Spencer each have one.
“There are people who think my dad pushed that on us, but you don’t get that many world championships out of a family that’s forced to do it,” Stetson Wright said. “We had to beg and plead our dad to let us get on steers and broncs and bulls. I don’t even think he wanted us to do it.
“He knows how hard it is. Now that most of us have kids, we see what he missed out on. You miss out on seeing your kids grow up. It’s a dang tough life.”
Despite the challenges, it’s a life he loves. Of course, having as much success as he’s had at such a young age, it would be hard not to love. In addition to leading the bull riding race, Wright is also second on the saddle bronc riding money list. He is the odds-on favorite to win a fourth straight all-around title.
So far this season, he’s earned nearly $515,000 riding bucking animals in the PRCA. He’d love to be the first person since Trevor Brazile did it in 2010 to win the Triple Crown, earning three Montana Silversmiths gold buckles in a given season. As the only contestant in the field of 120 cowboys and cowgirls competing at this year’s NFR, he has a shot.
He’s one of four Resistol bull riders competing over those special Las Vegas nights.