Jake Wright, 25, of Milford, Utah, is one member of the bronc riding dynasty that is the Wright family. In 2014 Jake and his three brothers–Jesse, Cody and Spencer–achieved a family dream of all qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo in the same year.
Wright, whose career earnings are well over the half-million dollar mark, is enthusiastic about making his second trip to RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN in Arlington, Texas, on March 1, 2015. It will, however, mark a return to competition for the cowboy who was injured during the ninth round of the 2014 NFR when he came off Frontier Rodeo's Let Er Rip at the end of a successful 82-point ride and sustained a compression fracture in his back. In addition to the back injury, Wright said that both of his wrists are in casts at the moment, one the result of a bone chip and the other hurt in an accident at home.
“I can't work out much, I've been riding the stationary bike because that's about all I can do. They told me it would be about eight weeks; they said to relax and heal up but I'm getting pretty restless here not being able to do anything,” confessed the three-time NFR qualifier.
“I'm honored to be able to go back to THE AMERICAN,” added Wright. “It's a big rodeo to get to ride in and be a part of. When I left last year, I said I couldn't wait to go back. THE AMERICAN is a game-changer for the sport of rodeo.”
Last year, Wright found himself in a tie for fourth and fifth on the cusp of advancing to the final four championship round, however, the tie breaker did not go his way so he was forced to watch the final four and is looking forward to the opportunity to finish higher in the standings this year.
Wright is grateful to sponsors Express Ranches, Wrangler and Big Stone Rodeo, who help him get up and down the road.