Wright takes on Nationals

Tucker Wright

JOHN DAY – Recent Grant Union graduate Tucker Wright is competing with the best of the best bulldoggers at the July 12-18 National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo.

The rodeo is known as the largest in the world with competitors from the U.S., Canada and Australia.

One of the best in Oregon, Wright earned second place at the June 11-14 Oregon State High School Finals Rodeo in Prineville – he was first in state going into the event.

A resident of Canyon City, Wright has competed in steer wrestling since his freshman year as a member of the Grant County High School Rodeo Club.

He traveled with his family and his horse to Rock Springs last Saturday, set to compete Tuesday, and again Thursday morning.

Broadcasts of the events are online at www.nhsratv.com. Information is also available at www.nhsra.com.

His dad, Trent Wright, and Monte Legg are advisers for the local club.

Legg was also Oregon’s boys timed events director, and is Tucker’s hazer in the steer wrestling event – a hazer rides parallel alongside the steer to help keep it running in a straight line.

Earlier in the rodeo season Legg noted that Tucker had set his sights on Nationals, and that he expects good things from him.

Tucker was awarded a $500 athletic scholarship at the State Finals and plans to attend Walla Walla Community College in Washington this fall.

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