HERMISTON — Something was bound to go Wright on Thursday during the saddle bronc competition at the Farm-City Pro Rodeo.
With brothers Cody, Alex, Jake and Jesse Wright coming out of the chutes, what could go wrong?Nothing.
Cody Wright, on Luxurious Bubbles, turned in an 83-point ride to move into the lead with Taos Muncy and Isaac Diaz. Younger brother Jake had an 80 on his re-ride to move into fourth place.
“That horse is good every time,” Cody Wright said. “I knew if I did my part, he’d do his.”
The oldest of the seven Wright brothers from Milford, Utah, Cody, 36, is second in the world standings — $5,486 behind leader Tyler Corrington — and is on a quest for his third world title (won in 2008 and 2010). Corrington rides in Hermiston tonight.
“I wish him nothing but the best,” Cody Wright said. “There’s nothing better than competition. That’s what drives us and keeps our blood flowing.”
Kennewick cowboy Ryan Grenell watched as the steer wrestlers before him broke the barrier or missed their steer completely. Grenell, one of the last men of the night, hit the barrier just right and turned his steer in 7.3 seconds for the best run of the night.
“We knew they would be big and strong,” Grenell said. If you look the times the last couple of days, they are the slowest in the 16 years I’ve been coming here. They look like they have been in a bar fight, smoking cigarettes with eye patches and tattoos.”
Grated Coconut, a six-time PRCA horse of the year, has since retired, leaving the rodeo arena to his offspring. Thursday night, his son Till I C U did him proud, teaming with Canadian cowboy Clint Laye for an 86-point ride to move to the top of the bareback standings.
“That’s the first time I’ve been on that colt,” said Laye, who shares the lead with Ty Breuer. “Every time I see my name next to one of those horses, I’m happy to draw them.”
Laye, 19, is 20th in the world standings. He still is getting his feet wet in the PRCA, but a good paycheck could help make up the difference between 20th and 15th.
“I’m just out here having fun,” Laye said.
The bull riding is the marquee event of the rodeo, but over the course of two nights, the it’s bulls 15, cowboys 0.
Ardie Maier drew the Coca-Cola Showdown on Major Impact. As the last man of the night, he had a chance for the first score in the event and $500 cash to tuck in his pocket. He lasted 4.82 seconds.
In the barrel racing, Sue Smith had the hot run of 17.32 seconds, and leads the average with a time of 34.59 seconds on two runs.
Shane Erickson and Brent Falon topped the team roping field with a time of 5 seconds, and sit second in the average on two at 11.8 seconds.
The tie-down ropers had a tough time with their calves. Chase Richter turned in the best performance at 10.1 seconds.
Tie-down: Tuf Cooper, 9.6; Cory Soloman, 9.9; Jake Hannum, 10.2.
Steer wrestling: Morgan Grant, 7.7; Tom Lewis, 8.0; Cody Cabral, 8.4.
Team roping: Chad Masters and Randon Adams, 5.0; Spencer Mitchell and Dakota Kirchenschlager, 5.1; Shane Erickson and Brent Falon, 6.8.
Barrel racing: Jody Sheffield, 17.47; Christina Richman, 17.53; Lindsay Sears, 17:57.
Thursday night’s performance
Bareback — Clint Laye 86.
Tie-down roping — Chase Richter 10.1 seconds.
Steer wrestling — Ryan Grenell 7.3.
Saddle bronc — Cody Wright 83.
Team roping — Shane Erickson and Brent Falon 5.0.
Barrel racing — Sue Smith 17.32.
Bull riding — No scores