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Rodeo: Red-hot Feild on track for another world bareback title

Published July 21, 2014 6:43 pm

Utah's top cowboy is home for a stretch with rodeos in SLC, Ogden and Spanish Fork.
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Kaycee Feild is happily married with a 1-year-old daughter. He enjoys snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and Mexican food. He's a big fan of the NBA's Utah Jazz.

Feild is a typical 27-year-old guy — except for those three straight world bareback championships and $1.3 million in official Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association earnings.

Behind his boy-next-door background and appearance, Feild has clearly established himself as one of the best in rodeo history.

He's LeBron James in cowboy boots. He's Derek Jeter with spurs.

Not that he needs it, but Feild will enjoy a home-field advantage this week in the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Ogden, the Fiesta Days Rodeo in Spanish Fork and the Days of '47 in Salt Lake City.

Just a short drive from the Utah County home he shares with his wife, Stephanie, and their daughter Chaimberlyn, Feild can continue one of the most spectacularly successful months ever by a professional cowboy.

During the week of the Fourth of July — known as Cowboy Christmas because of the number of lucrative events held — Feild earned a staggering $34,438.

Feild competed in seven rodeos and cashed a check at five of them. He won the Ponka (Alberta) Stampede, the Livingston (Mont.) Roundup, the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche, S.D., and the Molalla (Ore.) Rodeo.

Feild also finished second at the Home of Champions Rodeo in Red Lodge, Mont.

"It feels awesome," Feild told prorodeo.com. "It was my most enjoyable, relaxed Fourth of July ever. ... To start off the summer like this is just amazing."

Feild didn't stop winning, either. On July 13, he wrapped up his second title in three years at the prestigious Calgary Stampede. He posted a 92-point ride in the showdown round on an appropriately named horse named Mucho Dinero.

The victory was worth a cool $100,000, although the Canadian winnings don't count on the official PRCA season-money list. Still, the money spends just the same.

Feild knows it.

"Cowboys don't get paid a whole lot so when they retire, they don't actually retire," he told the Calgary Sun. "They've got to go get another job. So this $100,000 is kind of setting it up so I don't need to rodeo as long and beat up my body. ...

"I can have a good retirement, stay home with my family and kind of pay it back to them for being on the road 265 days out of the year. That wears on the family more than me, so to stay home after I retire is going to be really important."

Feild probably won't retiring anytime soon. In fact, he has already punched his ticket to another National Finals Rodeo.

The top 15 on the season money-list qualify for the NFR, and Feild is first with official earnings of $118,425. He is nearly $33,000 ahead of second-place Austin Foss of Terrebonne, Ore. Amazingly, he leads No. 15 Casey Colletti of Pueblo, Colo., by almost $90,000.

Translation?

Feild wouldn't have to get on another horse between now and the National Finals and he would still comfortably qualify. Based on his last three appearances in Las Vegas, Feild will also be the overwhelming favorite to win his fourth straight world title.

Since 2011, Feild has competed in 30 rounds at the NFR. Going against the best riders in the sport, he was won 11 rounds and placed in 14 others.

Last year, despite some nagging injuries, Feild won two rounds and placed in five others. He became the first cowboy in history to win three straight world championships while winning three straight NFR average titles.

In December, Feild shoots for his fourth consecutive world championship at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The all-time record for consecutive bareback titles is five, set by Joe Alexander in 1971-75. Another Hall of Famer, Bruce Ford, also won five world championships but not consecutively.

"It's amazing to be mentioned with [them]," Feild told The Tribune after his 2013 title. "I want to keep going and win more. I'm still young and want to win six gold buckles," which signify a world championship.

"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. My ultimate goal is to beat five world championships." —

Days of '47 Rodeo

When • Tuesday through Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m.

Where • EnergySolutions Arena, 301 West South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • EnergySolutions Arena website and box office, or call 801-355-7328

Prices • $12.50 to $39.50 —

About Kaycee Feild

Event • Bareback

Birthday • March 4, 1987

Residence • Spanish Fork

Career earnings • $1,324,297

National Finals Rodeo appearances • 6

World championships • 3

2014 highlights • Won the Calgary Stampede, earning $100,000. Also won at Reno; Austin; Tucson; Livingston, Mont.; Red Bluff, Calif.; and Belle Fourche, S.D. Won all-around titles at Herriman and Pleasant Grove.