(Editor’s note: PRCA media release)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jesse Wright, the 2012 PRCA world champion saddle bronc rider, was in the mix to make his eighth career appearance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this year.
That plan, however, took a detour when he was bucked off Calgary Stampede’s Urgent Delivery, June 29, at the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede.
Wright landed on his left shoulder, breaking his left clavicle.
“I blew a stirrup and fell off on my shoulder before the whistle,” said Wright, 29. “Then it all just happened really quick. It whipped me out to the side and jerked me to the right real hard. I hold on with my right hand, and it just whipped me that way and I just came down on my left shoulder. It was the first thing to hit. I thought I had a stinger like you get in football, but after a couple of hours went by I decided it wasn’t just a stinger. I had surgery (July 3) and I had it (left clavicle) plated back together. I’m hoping my collarbone will be stronger now that it is (plated).”
Wright said he is going to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks because of the injury. As of July 6, Wright was 23rd in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $26,554. Wright has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo seven times – (2010-14, 2016-17).
“This sucks,” Wright said. “But I rode a long time pretty healthy, so I feel pretty blessed still. I will come back from it. I just need to get healthy and keep on keeping on.”
While Wright is on the mend, bareback rider Tanner Aus, who was 20th in the July 6 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $30,252 is hoping to return to action after injuring his left knee June 2 at the Flint Hill Rodeo in Strong City, Kan.
“I had grade 2 tears of my PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) and MCL (medial collateral ligament) in my left knee,” said Aus, who did not need surgery on the knee. “I just caught my toe in the gate leaving the chute. The horse shouldered into the gate and I caught my toe and peeled her back around. I double-grabbed right away and a couple guys came and helped me as I limped out of the arena. It wasn’t what I wanted to do.”
Aus, 28, is a three-time qualifier for the Wrangler NFR (2015-17). He finished a career-best third in the 2017 world standings.
“I have been rehabbing and riding a bike, and it (his left knee) has been getting better every day,” he said.
Aus is hoping to return to competition July 13 at the Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., and the Pikes Peak Or Bust Rodeo, July 14, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“We just have to play it by ear,” Aus said about competing in Casper and Colorado Springs. “I don’t want to come back too soon. This could have been a lot worse. The injury could have been worse and the circumstances could be worse, so I can’t complain at all.”