Prep rodeo: Wright family's dynasty keeps growing
Heber City • They might never reach the same level of fame as the original Wright brothers, but Rusty and Ryder Wright of Milford have been earning quite a reputation in the world of high school rodeo.
In the final round of the saddle bronc event on Saturday night at the Utah High School Rodeo Association state finals at the Wasatch County fairgrounds, the brothers finished in a three-way tie for first place with 82 points. Rusty, a junior, finished second overall for the season and Ryder, a freshman, finished third overall.
The rider that the Wright brothers tied with on Saturday, recent Beaver High graduate Coburn Bradshaw, won the state championship. But that was only after he proposed on Friday night to Rusty and Ryder's aunt.
After scoring an 86 to lead the saddle bronc event at the professional Cedar City Championship Rodeo on Friday, Bradshaw popped the question to Becca Wright, the younger sister of Rusty and Ryder's dad, Cody.
"I had the clown pull her out into the arena like she was part of an act and blindfold her," Bradshaw said. "When he pulled the blindfold off, there I was with the ring."
Rusty, who was riding in a professional rodeo in Logan on Friday night, got a call from his mom that Bradshaw had proposed to his aunt.
"I was a little shocked," Rusty said. "That was the last thing I expected."
But he got over the shock quickly. After tying with younger brother Ryder and with Bradshaw, he said, "I would have liked first by myself, but I wouldn't want to split it with anyone else."
"I guess I'm their uncle now," Bradshaw said laughing. "Riding broncs, I met Rusty and we became friends. My junior prom, Becca didn't have a date, and Rusty wanted me to ask her, so I asked her. And we started dating right after that."
Bradshaw said that after he and Becca graduated high school, he figured the best time to ask her to marry him was now, considering he's going to continue to pursue a rodeo career while going to college to become an electrician.
When they wed later this year he will become a part of one of the most successful saddle bronc riding families in the history of rodeo.
Cody was a two-time world champion, and four of their uncles Jake, Jesse, Alex and Spencer are currently professional riders.
"I'll have a lot of help when I need it, so it's good," Bradshaw said.
Rusty already knows how helpful it is growing up in such a successful saddle bronc family.
"I got better coaches and they tell me what to do," Rusty said. "And I get more opportunities to ride than most kids do."