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Cody Wright wins 2010 Pendleton Round-Up saddle bronc competition

Pendleton Round-Up week was the ultimate sign that Cody Wright is peaking at just the right time and is putting himself in position to win his second saddle bronc riding world championship in three years after a slow start.

Wright won the first round at Pendleton with an 85-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Hell’s Half Acre and then upped the ante in the short-go, winning there with an 88-pointer on Sankey Rodeo’s Domino Theory. It gave him the average title by five points over Canadian Samuel Kelts and $11,892 to follow up his $16,058 from a week earlier at the Justin Boots Championships in Puyallup, Wash.

He also won the Sept. 16-18 Lions Dixie Round-Up in St. George, UT, with a 91-point ride on Bar T Rodeo’s Fancy Pants and finished second to 2007 World Champion Taos Muncy at the Othello (WA) PRCA Rodeo to push his season earnings to $91,394. He went from sixth place to second in the world standings in one week, and trails leader Wade Sundell by a little more than $4,000.



“Shoot, (being one of the NFR favorites) didn’t look that likely through the first of August,” Wright said. “I’ve been running down near the bottom all year. I must not have been riding very well, and maybe I wasn’t drawing that well, but I tend to put more of the blame on me. I changed a few things up right about the middle of July and started getting back to doing some things I’d been doing before, and it just turned around.

“I thought I was drawing better, but maybe it was because I was doing things right. All I know is, things started rolling along better. It still didn’t look that great until Puyallup; that really turned the tables for me as far getting out of the bottom of the pack, wondering if I was going to be there (at the NFR) or not.”



The main factor? Wright stopped trying to find the perfect saddle and went back to the one he used in his world championship season of 2008.

“Sometimes the grass on the other side of the fence isn’t really greener,” he said. “It’s too bad it took me as long as it did to figure it out.”

Pendleton Round-Up week was the ultimate sign that Cody Wright is peaking at just the right time and is putting himself in position to win his second saddle bronc riding world championship in three years after a slow start.

Wright won the first round at Pendleton with an 85-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Hell’s Half Acre and then upped the ante in the short-go, winning there with an 88-pointer on Sankey Rodeo’s Domino Theory. It gave him the average title by five points over Canadian Samuel Kelts and $11,892 to follow up his $16,058 from a week earlier at the Justin Boots Championships in Puyallup, Wash.

He also won the Sept. 16-18 Lions Dixie Round-Up in St. George, UT, with a 91-point ride on Bar T Rodeo’s Fancy Pants and finished second to 2007 World Champion Taos Muncy at the Othello (WA) PRCA Rodeo to push his season earnings to $91,394. He went from sixth place to second in the world standings in one week, and trails leader Wade Sundell by a little more than $4,000.

“Shoot, (being one of the NFR favorites) didn’t look that likely through the first of August,” Wright said. “I’ve been running down near the bottom all year. I must not have been riding very well, and maybe I wasn’t drawing that well, but I tend to put more of the blame on me. I changed a few things up right about the middle of July and started getting back to doing some things I’d been doing before, and it just turned around.

“I thought I was drawing better, but maybe it was because I was doing things right. All I know is, things started rolling along better. It still didn’t look that great until Puyallup; that really turned the tables for me as far getting out of the bottom of the pack, wondering if I was going to be there (at the NFR) or not.”

The main factor? Wright stopped trying to find the perfect saddle and went back to the one he used in his world championship season of 2008.

“Sometimes the grass on the other side of the fence isn’t really greener,” he said. “It’s too bad it took me as long as it did to figure it out.”


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