Father, Justin Wright, shares his love for the sport with his two children Judd, 8, and Anne, 4.
The National Junior High Finals Rodeo will be June 18-24 in Wilson County, the second time for the National High School Rodeo Association to bring its annual event east of the Mississippi River. It is also the second time the event will be at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.
Justin Wright, now 34, began competing in the rodeo as a sophomore in high school and continued to compete through college. He was originally brought to the sport after he watched a rodeo event while on a trip.
“I was raised around horses,” said Justin Wright. “We took a trip out West when I was probably 13 or 14 years old. We stopped at a high school rodeo – I think it was in Oklahoma – and I saw all these kids who were my age doing this, and I thought, ‘Man, this looks really neat. I would like to try this.’”
After college, Justin Wright continued to compete in National Cowboy Association and International Professional Rodeo Association events for a few years before settling down in Lebanon.
“I don’t travel like I used to,” said Justin Wright. “I used to keep the road hot, but now I just do local jackpot rodeos.”
After taking a break from the rodeo life to start a family with his wife, Erin, Wright found his way back to the rodeo through his two children, Judd and Anne Wright.
“We wanted to start a family, you know young married couple,” said…
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