Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo showcases raw talent
FORT WORTH – Just as Kaycee Feild and Will Lowe battled all of last season and into the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last December, there they were knocking heads to the very end of the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo on Feb. 4.
Lowe, the three-time world champion from Canyon, TX, entered the final night at the Will Rogers Coliseum tied for the lead with Winn Ratliff and set the bar high with an 83-point ride on Andrews Rodeo’s Power Play.
But Feild responded by winning the final round with an 89-point ride on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket to create a tie with Lowe for the title. Each man scored 323 points on four head to delight the sell-out crowd of 5,700.
“There are a lot of big rodeos out there and you would like all of them on your belt,” Lowe told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after he had wrapped up his long-awaited first title at Fort Worth. “It can take a lot of pressure off of you when you have a good winter. The winter rodeo season can be long and dry sometimes, so it’s always nice to come out of it with a little padding.”
Cody Taton, Mud Butte, SD, earned $13,259 after winning the saddle bronc riding and finished as the high-money winner of the 17-day, 30-performance rodeo, just ahead of tie-down roper Jared Kempker of Eugene, MO.
Kempker’s total of $13,037 wasn’t just a career best for a single rodeo, it was more than he had earned in either of his first two seasons as a PRCA card holder.
Other champions were all-around cowboy Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, TX ($2,627 in team roping and tie-down roping); steer wrestler Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta (12.4 seconds on three head); team ropers Erich Rogers, Round Rock, AZ, and Kory Koontz, Sudan, TX (16.5 seconds on three head); bull rider Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, OK (242 points on three head) and barrel racer Nikki Steffes, Vale, SD (49.74 seconds on three runs).
Kastner clinched the title after turning in a final-round score of 91 on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Cyber Cat, the highest mark of the 21/2-week rodeo.