Rodeo: Utah's Kaycee Feild hopes to make more rodeo history
He's Tiger Woods in a cowboy hat.
He's LeBron James in boots.
He's Kaycee Feild, of Spanish Fork, and he dominates his event in rodeo the way Woods dominates golf and James dominates the NBA.
Only 26 years old, Feild just wrapped up his third consecutive world bareback championship during the $6.25 million Wrangler National Finals in Las Vegas.
Pro rodeo's record book will never be the same. Feild became the first bareback rider in history to win three straight NFR average championships. The record for consecutive average titles in any event is four, held by team roper Leo Camarillo. Feild can match his record next year.
Feild also remains on track to set more bareback records.
Hall of Famer Joe Alexander holds the record for consecutive titles with five (1971-75). It is also the record for most bareback championships in a career, which Alexander shares with Bruce Ford.
Feild is knocking on the door.
"It's amazing to be mentioned with Joe Alexander and Bruce Ford." Feild said. "I want to keep going and win more. I'm still young and want to win six gold buckles," which signify a world championship.
"Each one gets better for me," he said after clinching his most recent title a week ago at the Thomas & Mack Center. "That's huge for me. I want to break records and I want to set my own records. I want to do things nobody's done before."
Feild entered the National Finals Rodeo about $8,000 behind a four-time former world champion, Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore.
Through six rounds, Feild rode well. He placed four times to remain in contention for the title. But he didn't win until back-to-back victories in Round 8 and 9.
Needing only a qualified ride in the 10th round to wrap up the NFR average title and another world championship, Feild stayed focused, posted a score of 83 and placed fourth.
"I was going to go at him," Feild said. "I wanted a good, strong mark-out and wanted to stay aggressive."
After placing in seven of 10 rounds making him 25-for-30 during the last three National Finals Feild finished the season with earnings of $239,465.
Steven Peebles of Redmond, Ore., ended up second with $198,186 more than $41,000 behind Feild. Mote struggled during the NFR and finished fourth.
For Feild, the world championship came after another carefully planned campaign. He won major early-season rodeos at Fort Worth and San Antonio to quickly put himself in position to be one of the 15 qualifiers for the National Finals.
When Feild came to Salt Lake City for the Days of '47 Rodeo in late July, he had already earned $70,768. He was first on the money list, despite being bothered by a pinched nerve in his back.
With such a fast start to the season, however, Feild was able to pick-and-choose his rodeos during the final two months of the regular season and get himself ready for the National Finals' grind of 10 performances in 10 nights.
Still, Feild didn't take control of the bareback championship race until his victory in Round 7, when he posted a score of 83 aboard a horse named Shadow Warrior.
"Better late than never," Field said at the time. "It feels great. I'm so thrilled right now. I haven't been riding poorly and haven't been drawing poorly, but I haven't scored that well."
Feild rode well enough, however, to put himself in position to make more history in the years to come.
"My ultimate goal is to beat five world championships," he said. "I want to win at least six. I'm still pretty young for a bareback rider." Kaycee Feild file
Hometown • Payson
Birthdate • March 4, 1987
Residence • Spanish Fork
Event • Bareback
World championships • 3
2013 earnings • $239,465