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For the Record: Wrangler NFR Round 8

by Matt Naber | Dec 04, 2018

Saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright is known for going big at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. During his Las Vegas debut in 2016 he won every round he placed in, Rounds 1-4 and Round 9, to rank 12th at the 2016 Wrangler NFR.

The following year he won the world title and set two round records. The Utah cowboy matched his dad, Cody, for the Round 6 record with 89 points. Two days later, he made his first ride to exceed 90 points with a Round 8, record-setting, 92-point ride. 

Ryder Wright went on to rake in $185,577 at the 2017 Wrangler NFR while winning the world title. Now, he’s heading back to the Thomas & Mack Center after winning some of the biggest rodeos of the 2018 season such as:

• The Washington (Puyallup) State Fair Pro Rodeo
• California Rodeo Salinas 
• The Horse Heaven / Kennewick (Wash.) Round-Up
• The Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho)
• The Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo
• The Fiesta Days Rodeo (Spanish Fork, Utah)
• The Amarillo (Texas) Tri-State Fair and Rodeo
• The West of The Pecos (Texas) Rodeo
• The Molalla (Ore.) Buckeroo Rodeo
• The Cave Creek (Ariz.) Rodeo Days

Wright’s record and the rest of the Round 8 records will be up for grabs Thursday, Dec. 13. The following is the breakdown of the highest scores and fastest times recorded for the eighth round of the Wrangler NFR.

Bareback riding: 89.5 points, Steven Peebles, 2015
Steer wrestling: 3.1 seconds, Shawn Greenfield, 2004
Team roping: 3.5 seconds, Travis Tryan/Cory Petska, 2008
Saddle bronc riding: 92 points, Ryder Wright, 2017
Tie-down roping: 6.5 seconds, Trevor Brazile, 2015 (equal to the arena record)
Barrel racing: 13.49 seconds, Sherry Cervi, 2010
Bull riding: 95 points, Colby Yates, 2002 

These records, and the records of the other nine rounds, could be broken Dec. 6-15. Fans can check with for updates throughout the competition or watch it on demand the following day at 

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