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.
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