Stetson Wright is a man on a mission in 2023 and no record will get in his way of accomplishing his ultimate goal of winning three gold buckles and $1.2 million by season’s end.
A year ago, he set the PRCA record in the all-around and bull riding for the most money won in a single regular season before the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He couldn’t help but one-up himself this year.
With less than a week remaining in the regular season – it ends Sept. 30 – Wright has already blown past those totals from 2022. As of Sept. 19, he has earned $403,913 in the all-around and $324,128 in bull riding. He said while the standings reflect a huge season, it didn’t feel that way until recently.
“The money earned in the standings doesn’t reflect on how slow the year felt like it was going for me until literally these last 19 days,” said Wright, a seven-time PRCA World Champion. “It felt like everything was moving slow, but finally when I was able to get on everyday that’s when it started really clicking again.”
In the first 19 days of September, Wright won a total of four rodeos between saddle bronc riding and bull riding, pocketing $129,839 in the process. With the season winding down, his goal of winning a rare rodeo triple crown is in sight. He currently leads the PRCA | RAM World Standings in the all-around, saddle bronc riding, and bull riding.
“My main goal every year is to win the triple crown. I set the money records in hopes that if I completely dominate those that I’ll dang for sure have those gold buckles at the end of the year,” Wright said.
“When I don’t win all three honestly, it’s a letdown. I’m still happy obviously with winning, but in the back of my mind there’s still that feeling that you didn’t get that done. That eats at me and that’s why I’m constantly striving to get the triple crown.”
Wright’s six years in ProRodeo have been nothing short of astonishing, as he creeps closer toward the $3 million career earnings mark. It makes you wonder what the now 24-year-old still has left to accomplish in the sport. According to him, this is only the beginning.
“I keep telling myself that people don’t hit their prime until their 30s, so I should be getting better every single year. I feel like at times I set unrealistic goals, but then by the end of the year it was actually realistic, and I need to go even higher,” he said. “It’s one of those things that I expect of myself, but at the same time I see how blessed I am to be doing what I’m doing. It’s something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a little kid.”
Courtesy of the PRCA –