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Life as The Wright Brothers (Saddle Bronc Riders)

The Wright brothers carry on the tradition of the western way of life through farming, ranching and other similar activities. Read the exclusive CLN story.


Jake Wright getting ready to ride with his brother Jesse Wright by his side at Eagle County Rodeo in Colorado.

There are many families that carry on the tradition of the western way of life through farming, ranching and other similar activities, and many of these families also have a strong rodeo tradition. However, few have earned the recognition and success in the same way that the Wright family has. The Wright family has been ranching for several generations, and they also have a tradition of very successfully competing in rodeo events. In fact, the Wright brothers are among the most well-known in the saddle bronc riding event, and those who follow pro rodeo or the Wrangler NFR are very familiar with the names Cody, Jake, Jesse and Spencer Wright.

How the Wright Brothers Grew Up

Wright BrothersCody, Jake, Jesse and Spencer are just a few of the Wright brothers, but they are among the most famous in the PRCA pro rodeo circuit. Saddle bronc riding may be in their blood, but so is ranching. The family has raised cattle on their large ranch in Utah for many generations. Generations of Wright’s have struggled with conditions that range from droughts to price fluctuations in the cattle industry, and they know what it is like to put in a hard day’s work with manual labor. With many of the boys participating in PRCA events and making it to the Wrangler NFR, their father largely runs the ranch on his own much of the year. However, when the boys are available to do so, they do work on the ranch with their father.

Their Success in the PRCA Pro Rodeo


Jesse and Jake Wright with CLN’s Patrick OD O’Donnell

The success of the Wright brothers in saddle bronc riding is well-known by those who follow the Wrangler NFR and pro rodeo events. One of the boys has won the world title in this event every other year since 2008. Another, Spencer, has qualified to compete in the finals this year, and this breaks previous records held by other families. Cody has several sons himself that have shown an interest in saddle bronc riding as well, and if they choose to pursue the tradition and carry on this way of life themselves, they would be the sixth generation of ranchers and rodeo champions in this event.
Rusty Wright - Bareback Riding - Wrangler NFR Rodeo 2016 Go-Round Winners: Day 2 in Las Vegas

Rusty Wright – Bareback Riding – Wrangler NFR Rodeo 2016 Go-Round Winners: Day 2 in Las Vegas © Ric Andersen Photos

Whether you love rodeo or are just starting to follow it, you are sure to hear the names Cody, Jake, Jesse and Spencer Wright more than a few times. If you have the opportunity to do so, check out their saddle bronc riding skills at an upcoming PRCA event. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will be held in Las Vegas this year, and you can watch coverage of the events on the Cowboy Lifestyle Network at if you are unable to see them compete in person.

Living the Cowboy Lifestyle since 1988. CLN Team member since 2012. Arizona native. Corona del Sol High School, University of Arizona & SAE Alumni. Favorite Quote: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." W. Churchill

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