KISSIMMEE, Fla. – CoBurn Bradshaw is automatic when it comes to the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots.
The 21-year-old saddle bronc rider has now earned a check at all six of the WCC events this season, and he grabbed his second win in his last three tries June 11.
Bradshaw, of Team PRCA, rode for 85 points on Silver Spurs Club’s Best Hope to edge Heith DeMoss and Layton Green by a half-point and earn $4,284.
“I’ve been really lucky to draw the right horses against the top guys at these events,” Bradshaw said. “I’ve been happy to place everywhere, and to win again is really nice. I like these events, and I’m glad I keep getting invited to them. I think these make me take my riding to a different level, and it’s a lot like the feeling I have at the (Wrangler National Finals Rodeo).”
The Beaver, Utah, cowboy won the May 21 WCC in Redding, Calif., and finished third in the first WCC event of the 2016 season Oct. 3, which was held in the same venue as Bradshaw’s win June 11 – the Silver Spurs Arena.
He’s now earned $14,682 in the six WCC events, and his win in Kissimmee kept him No. 2 in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. He trails reigning World Champion Jacobs Crawley by $1,083.
“I want to go into the NFR this year in the No. 1 spot,” Bradshaw said. “It’s all about the mental game, and I came out of the Finals last year with more confidence than I’ve ever had, and I’ve become a lot better bronc rider because of it.”
Bradshaw, the 2015 PRCA/Resistol Rookie of the Year, is always competing against his brothers-in-law – the Wright family. His wife, Rebecca, is the sister of World Champions Cody, Jesse and Spencer, and there’s also Jake and Alex, in addition to Cody’s sons Rusty and Ryder.
“I really hope all of us make it to the NFR this year, because I want it to be a family feud in Las Vegas,” Bradshaw said. “If I was to lose to anybody, I’d want it to be family. But I hope this is my year, and I’d love to have a gold buckle.”
Other winners at the $100,800 rodeo were bareback riders Tanner Aus of Team Wrangler (84 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Four Socks) and Orin Larsen of Team Coors (84 points on Painted Pony Championship Rodeo’s George’s Bad Cat), steer wrestler Matt Reeves of Team PRCA (4.8 seconds), team ropers Dustin Bird and Tyler McKnight of Team Wrangler (5.0 seconds), tie-down roper Hunter Herrin of Team B&W Trailer Hitches (7.7 seconds), barrel racer Mary Walker of Team Justin Boots (15.54 seconds) and bull rider Jeff Askey of Team Las Vegas (85.5 points on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Outback Pharmacy).
Wright of way: The Wright clan seemed to be everywhere at once this weekend with five family members winning PRCA rodeos and a total of 19 checks. Nowhere was the family’s dominance more clearly demonstrated than in Delta, Utah, where 18-year-old rookie Ryder Wright won the title, while his older brother, Rusty, and father, Cody, tied for second place. Rusty won in Cedar City, Utah, and Cody in Livermore, Calif. Cody’s brother Jesse won in Eagle, Idaho, and their brother-in-law CoBurn Bradshaw was tops at the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Kissimmee, Fla. Rusty and his uncle Spencer earned checks at four rodeos, followed by Ryder and Cody, who took home money from three each.
Follow the leader: There were three changes at the top of the world standings. Larsen took the bareback riding top spot from Jake Brown, thanks to splitting the win at the Kissimmee WCC. It was inevitable that Brown would lose his lead, as he will have surgery on his thumb June 16 that will put him out until September. In the tie-down roping, Herrin’s win at the WCC vaulted him over Ryan Jarrett. However, Jarrett kept his lead in the all-around world standings. The third change came in team roping, as header Russell Cardoza used a win in Livermore, Calif., to jump Paul Eaves for the No. 1 spot.