Rodeo Star Suffers Tragedy


( – In a tragedy that no dad would want for his child, the 3-year-old son of renowned rodeo star Spencer Wright was declared brain-dead after the toddler drove his toy tractor into a river in Utah.

The boy, Levi Wright, has been hospitalized in critical condition in Salt Lake City since his rescue from the river around 6 p.m. early this week in Beaver County.

Despite hopes for his recovery, Levi’s outlook is not looking good, as a family spokesperson, Mindy Sue Clark, said the boy is not expected to survive.

Clark shared on Facebook, “Levi’s heart is beating on its own, he has a will to breathe but his sweet little brain was without oxygen too long and there is no coming back from that.”

The family’s statement continued, expressing their deep sorrow and the difficult decision they face:

“We cuddled him all night and feel strongly that his spirit is no longer with us,” the post continued. “We can’t be selfish and drag this out for days, he doesn’t deserve that. Shortly we will stop care and hold him close until his last breath on earth. My Baby, my beans, Mom & Dad love you always and forever!” they added.

Despite the dire prognosis, Clark stated that the Wrights are still clinging to any remaining hope for the little kid’s survival. She emphasized how the support from the rodeo community has been a significant comfort to the family, saying it “means the world” to them.

33-year-old Spencer Wright is a globally recognized cowboy, ranked 35th in the world in 2023 by ProRodeo (PRCA). He hails from a distinguished family of cowboys, his father, Bill Wright, is in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, and his siblings are also notable riders who compete across the country.

Additionally, the Wright family’s storied life in rodeo has been the subject of the book “The Last Cowboys,” and they have been featured on an episode of “60 Minutes.”

Earlier in the year, Spencer Wright claimed victory at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo in Mercedes, Texas, adding to his accolades.

Reflecting the sentiment of the rodeo community, PRCA CEO Tom Glause expressed his condolences, stating, “The entire ProRodeo community’s heart aches for the Wright family. We will continue to hold them in our thoughts and prayers.”

Copyright 2024,