Tucker Wright bulldogs with the best

Tucker Wright bulldogging in Hermiston earlier this year.

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. – The No. 2 young steer wrestler in Oregon, Tucker Wright of Canyon City, a recent Grant Union High School graduate, competed at the National High School Finals Rodeo last week.

“It was huge for him to represent Grant County,” said his trainer Monte Legg who also rides a hazing horse for Wright’s event.

Wright’s dad, Trent, who is an adviser for the Grant County High School Rodeo club, and Legg attended the rodeo, along with other family members.

The event, held at Rock Springs, Wyo., is the biggest rodeo in the world with participants from 43 U.S. states, including Hawaii, three Canadian provinces, and Australia.

Although the luck of the draw didn’t go the way they’d hoped, Legg said Wright was competitive.

Wright had practiced for three weeks before the rodeo with professional steer wrestling champion Trevor Knowles of Mt. Vernon.

“It was a drawn contest,” Legg said of last week’s experience.

Wright’s first steer got out a little late and went hard left, he said, adding that Wright caught his second steer and brought him down fast, but “missed the nose and the steer got away.”

“I know how he bulldogs anytime else, if he would’ve gotten the right draw,” he added. “I consider him to be one of the top 10 bulldoggers who went there. You’re a champ just to make it there.”

Legg said Wright’s dedication and work ethic, not just in steer wrestling, but also in academics, will take him far.

“I expect him to do well at college,” he said, adding that Wright is highly qualified to make it to the NFR.

This fall, Wright heads to Walla Walla Community College, where he plans to participate in rodeo.

Next up, Wright will represent Grant County again, along with other football players, in the Aug. 2 East West Shrine All-Star Football game, with kickoff set for 4 p.m. in Baker City.

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