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Dec 10

Kaycee Feild Clinches First World Title in Wrangler NFR Round 9

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Kaycee Feild photo by Mike Copeman, courtesy of PRCA.

While it was pretty much a foregone conclusion after he won the first three rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and followed it up with two more victories in the rounds that followed, Kaycee Feild officially joined his ProRodeo Hall of Fame father, Lewis, in the world champions club during Round 9 on Friday.

Feild split fourth-place money with Ryan Gray and Wes Stevenson in front of 17,822 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center to push his Wrangler NFR earnings to $115,577. He still leads the bareback riding average standings heading into the rodeo’s final round on Saturday and continues to lead the Ram Top Gun Award standings – so there’s plenty on the line going into the final round. He just won’t have to worry about the gold buckle.

“I didn’t realize I’d won it, actually,” said Feild, who picks up the gold buckle in just his fourth trip to the Wrangler NFR. “I knew I had to do good tonight to win it. I wished I could have done a little better tonight, but I’m just as happy as I can be.”

Feild has already tied Bobby Mote for the most round wins in a single Wrangler NFR with five and could break both the bareback earnings records for an entire season and the Wrangler NFR – both set by Bobby Mote in 2009. He’s also needs an 86-point ride in Round 10 to break Justin McDaniel’s average record of 859 points on 10 rides – set in 2008.

The celebration will have to wait, however, for Kaycee.

“I went out last night (Thursday) and said, ‘Hi,’ to some friends, but was back in bed at a decent time,” Feild said. “I’ll probably do the same thing tonight. I think I’ll wait until I get home for the real celebration.”

Lewis Feild was happy to join a select list of father-son world champions. There have been five such previous combinations: Deb (saddle bronc riding) and Jeff Copenhaver (tie-down roping); John W. and John W. Jones Jr. (steer wrestling); John and Clark McEntire (steer roping); Butch and Rope Myers (steer wrestling), and Bobby (bull riding) and Sid Steiner (steer wrestling).

“It’s a dream come true,” said Kaycee’s dad, Lewis, who won two world titles in bareback riding and three in the all-around in the 1980s. “I’ve gone through those same things myself, and to watch my son do it, I don’t know how it could get any better. I guess I could have a grandson do it, but that’s a little ways down the road.”

GAC is celebrating the union of rodeo, country music and Wrangler in December by broadcasting the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo live, December 1-10 at 10/9c each night. Plus, eight-time All-Around Champion, Trevor Brazile plays host to Suzanne Alexander and Joe Nichols on his ranch, deep in the heart of Texas in our special, Inside the WNFR 2011. Whether you are new to the sport or a die-hard fan, this must-see show gives you the 4-1-1 on all the rodeo event categories from Steer Wrestling and Barrel Racing, to the death-defying Bull Riding event.

Watch streaming highlights from each round of the WNFR here »

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Wrangler NFR rookie Casey Colletti picked up his seventh check of the week and his first Finals round victory with an 87.5-point ride on Smith, Harper and Morgan’s Jessie’s Girl.

“Seen that horse two or three times and dreamed of getting on her,” Colletti said. “When Royce (Ford) texted me last night and said I had her, I was up at 7 o’clock this morning and couldn’t sleep I was so fired up. You dream of getting on horses like that.” Continue Reading

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Dec 3

2011 Wrangler NFR: Round 1 Winners Shine Again in Round 2

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Trevor Knowles wins Round 1 and 2 in Steer Wrestling at the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Photo courtesy PRCA, photo credit Mike Copeman.

Thanks to the fastest run of his eight consecutive trips to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Trevor Knowles is two-for-two and closing fast on the top spot in the world standings. Of course, he’s just one of three cowboys who are having a dream start to the $6 million Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Tie-down roper Cody Ohl and bareback rider Kaycee Feild are in the same enviable boat.

Knowles, of Mount Vernon, Ore., downed his steer in 3.3 seconds to win Round 2 in front of 17,445 fans Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center and moved to second place behind Luke Branquinho – who took over the world standings lead with a second-place finish in the round. Branquinho holds a $3,822 lead over Knowles in the world standings but is second to Knowles in the average race.

“I was pumped,” Knowles said of his quick run in Round 2. “A guy tries to stay as cool and collected as he can, and as soon as you stand up, then you can hear the crowd. I’m not a very flamboyant guy, but it’s hard to keep your hat on in that situation. It felt like I came out with a little more authority tonight and a lot more finish on that run. We’ll hopefully keep that up.” Continue Reading

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Dec 2

Kaycee Feild Eyes World Title in Thursday Night’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

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Kaycee Feild photo courtesy of the PRCA.

All season, the words, “world title, world title” echoed through Kaycee Feild’s head as the chute cracked open at rodeos across North America.

Since the regular season ended on Sept. 30, he has been thinking constantly about joining his ProRodeo Hall of Fame and five-time World Champion father, Lewis Feild, in the gold buckle club. After a season in which he won more than $140,000 and carried the world standings lead into the 53rd Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center, Feild took yet another step toward his goal with an 89-point ride aboard Bar T Rodeo’s Bitter Robin. Feild won Thursday’s Round 1, topping Wrangler NFR rookie Casey Colletti by 1.5 points in front of 17,001 rodeo fans.

“I’ve been on that horse twice this season and was 86 and 87 on him those times and won both rodeos,” Feild said. “I won St. George (Utah) and Tremonton (Utah), and those were outdoor pens. I was excited to have that horse in an indoor pen because from what I’ve seen, he’s better in an indoor pen. I think, just like cowboys, the horses can hear the crowd and feel the excitement and they get a little pumped up, too.”

Feild extended his pre-NFR lead over three-time World Champion Will Lowe as the Texan failed to place in the money with his 80.5-point ride on Flying 5 Rodeo’s Spotted Mountain. Feild picked up $17,885 for the win and now holds a $20,910 lead in the world standings.

“I’m always thinking about winning the world title,” Feild said. “The last two months, not a day went by that I didn’t think about it. I don’t think you can get too pumped up when it comes to riding bareback horses. I was definitely ready to go.

Feild could be the man to watch on Friday, as he’s won Round 2 twice in his three previous trips (2008 and 2009) to the Wrangler NFR.

GAC is celebrating the union of rodeo, country music and Wrangler in December by broadcasting the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo live, December 1-10 at 10/9c each night. Plus, eight-time All-Around Champion, Trevor Brazile plays host to Suzanne Alexander and Joe Nichols on his ranch, deep in the heart of Texas in our special, Inside the WNFR 2011. Whether you are new to the sport and or a die-hard fan, this must-see show gives you the 4-1-1 on all the rodeo event categories from Steer Wrestling and Barrel Racing, to the death-defying Bull Riding event.

Check out GAC’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo section »

Tie-down roper Cody Ohl is always a man to watch in Las Vegas. For the seventh time in 16 Wrangler NFR qualifications, Ohl won Round 1 when he stopped the clock in 7.5 seconds. He entered the Wrangler NFR with the goal of winning the average.

“Soon as I rode in there, (the announcer) said, ‘$60,000 behind” (then it was) blow the barrier and wrap and a hooey,” Ohl said. “My whole philosophy changed.”

Ohl has now won a Wrangler NFR event record 41 rounds in tie-down roping. Thanks to his $17,885 check, he moved to third place in the world standings.

In steer wrestling, Trevor Knowles and Jason Miller rode the same horse – two-time PRCA/AQHA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year Jessie, owned by Canadian Lee Graves – to identical 3.9-second runs. Both gained ground on world standings leader Dean Gorsuch, whose 4.5-second effort was just out of the money. Miller moved to within $796 of the lead thanks to the $16,010 each cowboy win for the first-place split.

“You’ve got to have a lot of confidence in your horse, and Trevor and I have a lot of confidence in Jessie,” Miller said. “He’s going to win us a lot of money this week.” Continue Reading

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