Spencer happily takes his Medicine in Arcadia
This was an ideal matchup.
Reigning World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Spencer Wright faced off against Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman.
Yes, that Medicine Woman, the horse that won the 2014 Pendleton Whisky Let’er Buck Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year honor.”I was excited,” Wright said of drawing Medicine Woman. “She is one of the best broncs in the world. I couldn’t have been happier to have her, and I thought I would go at her just like any other bronc.”
The matchup lived up to its hype.
Wright registered a career-best and a PRCA season-best 92-point ride March 15 to capture the title at the Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo at the Arcadia Rodeo Arena.
“That felt really good,” Wright said about his first ride aboard Medicine Woman. “She is definitely a bucker. She was as good as I thought she would be.”
When the 8-second buzzer sounded, Wright thought he was going to receive a special score.
“I know I was pretty happy when I got picked up by the pickup man,” Wright said. “I thought it was going to be in the 90s. This ride is now on top of my (career) list. It’s my favorite one.”
Last season, Wright had an amazing Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, rocketing to the top of the year-end standings after entering the Finals in 13th place.
That performance was definitely life-changing, but Wright has kept his feet on the ground and keeps going about his business; he is second in this week’s Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, behind Cody DeMoss.
This past weekend Wright collected his first three titles of the 2015 season – winning outright in Arcadia and Okeechobee, Fla., while sharing the victory with DeMoss in Marshall, Texas.
“This season has gone well; I can’t complain,” Wright said. “Everything is pretty much the same. I still feel like Spencer Wright.”
Other winners at the $78,160 rodeo were all-around cowboy Bart Brunson ($1,737 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Will Lowe (87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Delta Ship), steer wrestler Jake Hoffman (5.0 seconds), team ropers Clint Summers and Brad Culpepper (4.9 seconds), tie-down roper J.R. Myers (9.4 seconds), barrel racer Nicole Yost (17.49 seconds run) and bull riders Cody Teel (84 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Sky High) and Jordan Sammons (84 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Lincoln’s Logs).
Defending World Champion Steer Roper Trevor Brazile won the Ron Ross Memorial Steer Roping event March 15 in Liberty Hill, Texas. Brazile earned checks in three rounds, including winning the third round with a time of 9.2 seconds. His total time of 58.8 seconds on five head was .8 seconds better than second-place Mike Chase. Brazile earned a total of $13,472, while Chase earned $8,721; Lawson Plemons finished third with $8,045 and Rocky Patterson fourth with $8,084. The money Brazile earned moved him from 10th to fourth in the steer roping world standings. The Ron Ross Memorial is the first of five events in the new Steer Roping Signature Series. The other four events will take place in Pawhuska, Okla.; Spokane, Wash.; Garden City, Kan.; and Deadwood, S.D.
There’s been no slowing down Cody DeMoss in 2015. The 34-year-old saddle bronc rider won his sixth rodeo of the season over the weekend, splitting the title at the Marshall (Texas) ProRodeo with Spencer Wright. DeMoss – a 10-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier – rode for 80 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Trail Dust. DeMoss’ six wins in 2015 are already two more than he had all of the 2014 season. He’s the current world standings leader with $54,208.
Bareback rider Tim O’Connell continued his quick start to the season, and did all of his damage over the weekend at the pair of Florida rodeos. O’Connell won the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Spring Rodeo with an 82-point trip on Silver Spurs Club’s Cher, and then placed second in Arcadia with an 86-point effort. He earned a total of $3,909 and remained third in the world standings with $29,570.