Rusty Wright and Lefty Holman Split Top Spot in Saddle Bronc Riding
It was a big night for the Wright family in Round 1 of the NFR. Stetson Wright took the top spot in Bull Riding, and Rusty split the number one spot with Lefty Holman in Saddle Bronc Riding.
Wright posted an 86 point ride on Bailey Pro Rodeo’s Rip Cord and Holman matched that number on Brookman Rodeo’s Flirtacious.
“It’s an indescribable feeling to be here let alone win the first go-round,” Wright said after his performance. “It’s hard to put into words. We’ve been working for it all year. That horse was really strong, shooting away. I was lucky enough, I went with the right rein, so I was able to lift on it and keep my butt in the saddle. I didn’t want to know what my draw was because I knew I wouldn’t get any sleep. I was a nervous wreck. I’m glad this is behind us. The first-round jitters are out of the way, now I can just roll on.”
RUSTY WRIGHT 86 POINTS ON RIP CORD
For Holman, it was as good of a start to his NFR career as he could have asked for.
“Honestly, it hasn’t really hit me yet. This is all happening so quick. I feel so blessed to be here, be here with this group of guys, the most elite group of guys going down the road. It’s an honor to be a part of them, let alone get the first-round win at my first NFR. It’s the best moment of my life.
“I’m not going to lie. I was pretty nervous all day today. I knew that horse was going to be amazing and I knew if I did my job that horse would do his. It turned out for the best.”
LEFTY HOLMAN 86 POINTS ON Flirtacious
NFR SADDLE BRONC RIDING RESULTS
First Round: (tie) Rusty Wright, on Bailey Pro Rodeo’s Rip Cord and Lefty Holman on Brookman Rodeo’s Flirtacious, 86 points, $23,481 each; 3. Ryder Wright 85.5 points $15,654; 4. Wyatt Casper, 85 points, $11,000; 5, (tie) Brody Cress and Chase Brooks, 84.5 points, $5,500 each.