Saddle Bronc riding is one of the best events at any rodeo. The event combines grace, grit, and technique into one of the most watchable events at the National Finals Rodeo. The best riders in the world will be riding to try and win the world championship and claim their glory. The Las Vegas NFR 2018 is taking place in Las Vegas from December 6th to the 15th.
The objective of saddle bronc riding is to stay on the horse for eight seconds and show great control of the horse while maintaining your own poise. At the start of the event, the rider and horse are placed in a chute and when the timer starts the gate opens and the horse goes through the gate. The horse begins to buck as soon as the horse gets out of the gate and the rider cannot use his free hand on himself or the horse.
The rider also must have both of his heels touching the animal above the point of its shoulders when it makes its first jump from the chute. If he fails to do this then he receives no points. The rider only has a thick rein that is attached to the horse’s halter to hold onto and try and finish his ride. The rider is judged both on his ride and how the horse buck throughout the run. A smooth bucking ride will score better than an uncontrolled ride in the event. To get a good score a rider must have great spurring action and control the horse well.
Jacobs Crawley is the current leader of in the PRCA rankings and he has a great shot at winning the world championship. Crawley has already broken the million dollar mark in career earnings and he will continue to add to that with the WNFR in December. He already has one world championship under his belt which he won in 2015 and he will be hoping to add to that total in December.
“I don’t think of it so much as a transition; as soon as October first hits, you’re thinking about December,” said Jacobs Crawley, the 2015 world champion saddle bronc rider from Boerne. “You’re still going, but you’re viewing it as really good practice. You’re trying to stay in a really good mindset. You’re able to go to some good rodeos and get some great practice.”
Crawley will be one of the top contenders in Las Vegas and fans can expect him to take home his second world championship. Crawley will be in his eighth National Finals Rodeo and all of his experience will help him take home the title.
Ryder Wright is the young star of saddle bronc riding. At only 20 years old, he already has one world championship under his belt and he will be looking to defend his title in Las Vegas. You could say that saddle bronc riding is in his blood, as his father has won two world championships and his brother and father both competed in the 2016 NFR.
The Wrights have an incredible story and they continue to impress the world of rodeo. Ryder Wright has an extremely bright future in the world of rodeo and he will take on the best of the best as he tries to defend his crown at the 2018 National Finals Rodeo. Fans should look for an incredible faceoff between Wright and Crawley as they both try and get their second world championships. The title can easily go to either of them but my money is on Wright to defend his title and continue to ascend the steps to greatness.
Saddle Bronc Riding is a staple at any rodeo event and this year’s event at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is going to be a must watch event. The top riders will be duking it out to see who can claim the world championship. The event will be on every single night from December 6th to the 15th so make sure that you mark your calendars and tune in every single night.
The Top 15 Saddle Bronc Riders in the 2018 National Finals Rodeo:
1 Jacobs Crawley
2 Ryder Wright
3 Isaac Diaz
4 Rusty Wright
5 Zeke Thurston
6 Brody Cress
7 Clay Elliott
8 Wade Sundell
9 Cort Scheer
10 Sterling Crawley
11 CoBurn Bradshaw
12 Jake Wright
13 Joey Sonnier
14 Taos Muncy
15 Chase Brooks