Stetson Wright was a standout in his rookie season, giving rodeo fans glimpses of his full potential en-route to becoming the 2019 All-Around World Champion. It’s safe to say that he didn’t fall victim to a Sophomore slump in 2020.
Despite an unusual rodeo season that came with its own set of challenges, at 21 years old Stetson made his way back to the Wrangler NFR with his second qualification in the Bull Riding and his first in the Saddle Bronc Riding. After Round 1 at Globe Life Field, it was clear that the Wrangler-endorsed cowboy was a true contender for a World Title in both events, and the All-Around was his to lose. Stetson swung for the fences night in and night out, winning two rounds in the Saddle Bronc Riding and four rounds in the Bull Riding.
Wright secured his second straight All-Around Championship in Round 9 before the Wrangler NFR was even over. The following night he capped off his incredible ten-day performance by becoming the World Champion in the Bull Riding as well, making him the first cowboy to win the All-Around Gold Buckle and a Roughstock World Championship in the same year since the legendary Ty Murray did it in 1998. The secret to his success was as clear as the smile on his face, with no competitor appearing to enjoy the moment quite as much as Stetson Wright.
“This year’s been ten times more fun,” he said after a 92-point ride for his Round 9 win and the highest score of the 2020 Wrangler NFR. “I’m having the time of my life.”