(Editor's note: PRCA media release)
SPANISH FORK, Utah – Sometimes excelling at a hometown rodeo can be too much for a cowboy.
Not bareback rider Kaycee Feild.
The four-time PRCA world champion won the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo for the third time in his career July 24.
Feild’s latest victory came thanks to a rodeo-record ride of 91 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Delta Ship at the ProRodeo Tour stop.
The Spanish Fork bareback riding record was 89 points, shared by James Sursa (2006) and Ryan Gray (2009).
“That’s awesome to beat the rodeo record and to hold the record in my hometown,” said Feild, who made his ride July 23 at the rodeo, which ended July 24. “I have a lot of passion for the Spanish Fork rodeo and my dad (Lewis Feild) did as well. The stock that was there, the committee and my friends and family who were there and the energy I felt in the arena, it was a pretty special night, it really was. I get on a lot of bucking horses and compete a lot, but when you’re in front of your hometown and they support you and show appreciation it makes it a lot more special.”
Feild also had wins in Spanish Fork in 2012 and 2015. Lewis Feild, who was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1992, passed away Feb. 15, 2016. He was 59.
Feild winning on Frontier Rodeo’s Delta Ship was no surprise. The horse has been a star for years. Delta Ship was the top bareback horse of the 2009 and 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeos.
“I’ve been on that horse a handful of times,” Feild said. “I believe I was 91 on that horse in Corpus Christi and hold the record there. I had him in San Antonio this past year. I have probably been on that horse six or seven times the past 12 or 13 years. That horse has been around my whole career. That horse is still really good. He stayed hooked the whole time and was amazing, and it was fun. He had a few tricks right out of there and just hung in the air.”
Feild, who earned $7,614 for his eight-second performance, was first in the July 22 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $143,646. Feild was out of action from March 30 until July 3 recovering from a skull fracture, an inline fracture of his jaw and inline fracture of his nasal cavity.
Feild had an 87-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Nutrena’s Killer Bee but was injured moments after the whistle March 30 in the finals at Rodeo Austin (Texas).
“Injuries happen for a reason,” Feild said. "I’ve been doing this game for quite sometime and if you take an injury as a positive and when you’re home you work really hard in your comeback you should expect to win. I felt really good my first rodeo back and I won, and I’ve had a lot of luck and have been drawing really good. Everything is rockin’ and rollin’ and feels great.”
All-around winner Stetson Wright earned $10,035 in saddle bronc riding and bull riding, setting a rodeo record for all-around money. He surpassed the $8,710 won by Josh Peek in 2015.
Saddle bronc rider Chet Johnson also established a rodeo record with his 89.5-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman. The record had been 89 points by Jeffrey Willert in 2005.
Other winners at the $290,066 rodeo were all-around cowboy Wright ($10,035, saddle bronc riding and bull riding); steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack (8.1 seconds on two head); team ropers Nelson Wyatt/Levi Lord (8.6 seconds on two head); saddle bronc rider Johnson (89.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman); tie-down ropers Clint Robinson and Tanner Green (17.5 seconds on two head); barrel racer Alishea Broussard (16.73 seconds); and bull rider Wright (90 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Count Down).