Cody Stampede saddle bronc riding goes to Utah for second consecutive year
2017 Cody Stampede Champions
Bareback Riding – Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho, 86 points, $10,032
Steer Wrestling – Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Alabama, 3.8 seconds, $8,934
Team Roping – Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., (header)
Jr. Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil, (heeler) 4.4 seconds $9,401 each
Saddle Bronc Riding – Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 85.5 points, $8,657
Tie-Down Roping – (tie) Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas and
Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, 7.7 seconds, $9,475 each
Barrel Racing – Tammy Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas, 16.88, $9,793
Bull Riding – Dustin Bowen, Waller, Texas, 87.5, $8,993
CODY, Wyo. — A year ago, Jesse Wright watched his twin brother leave the Cody Stampede with a saddle bronc riding championship and more than $8,000 in earnings, while he had to settle for a third-place finish.
This year, Jesse finished at the top of the leaderboard with an 85.5-point effort on Frontier rodeo’s Delta Force. The ride came at the final performance of the 98th edition of the Cody Stampede on July 4.
It was a big win for the 2012 world champion who is sixth in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings. He earned $8,657 and is likely to be among the top 15 who qualify for the National Finals Rodeo for the seventh time.
Bareback rider Tyler Nelson from Victor, Idaho, also moved to the top of the leaderboard on July 4. He rode Frontier Rodeo’s Gun Fire for 86 points to edge out current world champion Tim O’Connell from Zwingle, Iowa, who rode the same horse at the first performance of the rodeo on July 1.
Nelson was the high-money earner at this year’s rodeo at $10,032. O’Connell tied for second place with Wyoming’s J.R. Vezain with 85.5 points. They each earned $6,688. While it was the cowboys that got the paychecks, the real star of the bareback riding was Gun Fire who earned a combined $16,720 for bareback riders here.
Barrel racing got extremely fast at Stampede Park on July 4 during slack. Tammy Fischer from Ledbetter, Texas, stopped the clock in 16.88 seconds for the championship. She added $9,793 to her season earnings, which should move her into the top 15 in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Standings. Prior to her win here, she was in 17th place.
Plans are underway for the 99th annual Cody Stampede which will be held June 30 through July 4, 2018. The Cody Night Rodeo will continue through Sept. 2.