Utah cowboys off to a fast start
Only one month into the 2010 rodeo season, Utah cowboys are riding high.
Kaycee Feild of Payson, Olin Hannum of West Haven and Wesley Silcox of Payson are the leading money-winners in their respective events.
Feild sits atop the bareback standings with earnings of $20,233.
The third-place finisher in the 2009 world standings, Feild has already posted victories at the New Mexico Stampede in Rio Rancho, the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo in Rapid City and the Southwest Exposition and Livestock Show Rodeo in Fort Worth.
He earned $11,188 for winning the first round and average at Fort Worth.
Another Utahn, Bud Munns of Snowville, is fifth in bareback with earnings of $8,937. His best effort so far is a tie for third in the average at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.
Meanwhile, Hannum leads in steer wrestling after pocketing $14,451. He earned $4,693 after tying for third in the average at Fort Worth.
In bull riding, Silcox is flashing the form that made him the 2007 world champion.
A four-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, Silcox has already amassed earnings of $25,123, thanks to an outstanding two-stop swing through Texas.
At Fort Worth, Silcox placed in two rounds and finished second in average to earn $8,183.
In the San Antonio Xtreme Bulls event, he finished second in the final round and second in the average to pocket $15,181.
Utah cowboys have also fared well in saddle bronc, where Jesse Wright of Milford is fourth in the season standings ($9,466) and former world champion Cody Wright of Milford sits in 11th place ($5,715).