Kaycee Feild joins elite Cowboy Christmas company
July 11, 2014
When it came to Cowboy Christmas this year, bareback rider Kaycee Feild certainly was on the rodeo Santa's nice list.
Feild won $34,483 during the Fourth of July week, the fourth-highest total ever, and the second-best ever among cowboys competing in a single event, behind bull rider Kanin Asay's $36,031 in 2007.
All-around cowboy Trevor Brazile set the record for winnings with $39,993 in 2011; all-around hand Ty Murray ranks second at $37,630, in 1999.
"It feels awesome," Feild said. "It was my most enjoyable, relaxed Fourth of July ever."
Feild won money at five of the seven rodeos in which he competed. He won the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede, the Livingston (Mont.) Roundup, the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche, S.D., and the Molalla (Ore.) Buckeroo Rodeo, while also finishing second at the Home of Champions Rodeo in Red Lodge (Mont.).
He is the seventh cowboy to eclipse $30,000 in winnings during the July 4 run, and leads the July 7 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $118,426 – $36,631 ahead of second-place Austin Foss, representing the largest lead in any individual event.
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"This was huge for me," said Feild, who also won $10,642 while taking the bareback riding title at the June 20-28 Reno (Nev.) Rodeo. "I've never capitalized and done nearly this well in June and July as I did this year. The most I'd won before was probably around $15,000. To start off the summer like this is just amazing."
On the timed-event side, two-time World Champion Tie-down Roper Tuf Cooper was the top cowboy, pocketing $26,082 last week – a career-high for the Fourth of July run.
"It's a blessing, and all the glory and honor goes to God," said Cooper, who was taking part in his seventh Cowboy Christmas run. "I'm grateful, and this was just awesome. It's so exhausting. You're going 24-7. You have to stay completely positive, and mentally you have to make sure you have the energy to compete. Everybody is going to be tired and you have to have as much energy as possible."
Cooper's Cowboy Christmas was highlighted by his stellar performance in Ponoka, June 25 through July 1, where he won $14,822.
Cooper collected the majority of his Ponoka money – $7,500 – when he won the showdown round by recording a 7.3-second time. Cooper also won the Ponoka Stampede in 2010.
"We put everything in pretty tight, and a big thanks to my friend Jeremy Walker for helping us get around over the Fourth (of July)," Cooper said. "He let my brother-in-law, Trevor Brazile, and I borrow his plane and he went with us. I also have to thank all the great rodeo committees who put on such great rodeos over the Fourth of July for us."
His big week allowed the Coopers – Clint, Tuf and Clif – to hold bragging rights as the family champions of Cowboy Christmas. Their total earnings of $48,045 were more than twice as much as the Tryan brothers (Clay, Travis and Brady) in team roping and the Wright brothers (Cody, Jesse, Jake and Spencer) in saddle bronc riding.
Tyler Corrington was tops among saddle bronc riders, and third overall behind Feild and barrel racer Kaley Bass in total Cowboy Christmas earnings. The Hastings, Minn., cowboy won $28,707, including earning three checks of more than $8,700 during the week.
He won the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo with an 87-point ride on Korkow Rodeos' Paint Chip, earning $9,066, and also won the title at the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede with 86 points on J Bar J's Smart Guy for another $8,714. He would also grab $9,153 for his performance in Ponoka early in the week.
"If you draw well, and you come into it on a bit of a roll, your confidence goes up and riding is that much easier," Corrington said of Cowboy Christmas. "Having this bump in the standings at this time of the year is really nice because it takes the stress off and allows you to have fun with rodeo, instead of having to worry about the standings later in the season."
Here are the top 15 money earners from Cowboy Christmas:
1. Kaycee Feild, BB, $34,483
2. Kaley Bass, GB, $28,814
3. Tyler Corrington, SB, $28,707
4. Tuf Cooper, TD, $26,082
5. Nick Guy, SW, $22,209
6. Cody Teel, BR, $22,099
7. Marty Yates, TD, $20,978
8. Carley Richardson, GB, $20,294
9. Bobby Mote, BB, $19,475
10. Hunter Herrin, TD, $19,407
11. Taos Muncy, SB, $18,475
12. Matt Shiozawa, TD, $18,212
13. Jake Pratt, TD, $18,195
14. Trevor Brazile, TR/TD, $17,698
15. Ty Pozzobon, BR, $17,616