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March 28, 2014

BRETT HOFFMAN: Field family rodeo legacy continues in bareback riding

HOUSTON — In the mid-1980s, bronc rider Lewis Feild was pro rodeo’s kingpin.

The Utah cowboy won the world all-around title in 1985, 1986 and 1987. Today, Feild’s son, Kaycee, who lives in Payson, Utah, is the king of bareback riding.

While competing at RodeoHouston last weekend, Kaycee Feild, who has won world bareback riding titles in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association over the past three years, earned $82,150 as the result of finishing first in two competitions at Reliant Stadium.

Feild first earned $57,150 after winning  the BP Super Series on Saturday, March 22. The Super Series is the traditional pro rodeo, which features a tournament format to determine the champions. The Super Series concluded on Saturday. Feild clinched the bareback title after turning in a final round score of 91.

Feild also earned $25,000 after clinching the bareback riding title at the Super Shootout on Sunday, March 23. The Shootout featured credentialed riders who competed in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing and steer wrestling.

During the BP Super Series finals on Saturday, the winner in each event earned a $50,000 check in addition to their earnings in the preliminary rounds.

Erich Rogers and Cory Petska clinched the team title with a finals time of 4.2 seconds and each cowboy earned $57,250. Scott Kormos won the tie-down roping title with an 8.0 and earned $55,300.

Other Super Series champions were Tyler Smith, bull riding, $56,200; Nancy Hunter, barrel racing, $55,000; Heith DeMoss, saddle bronc riding, $55,783; and Olin Hannum, steer wrestling, $54,325.

At the Super Shootout on Sunday, former National Finals Rodeo qualifier Wade Sundell clinched the $25,000 title.

Sundell also earned $100,000 for winning The American on March 2 at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.

Other $25,000 Super Shootout winners in Houston were steer wrestler Trevor Knowles, barrel racer Sherry Cervi and bull rider J.W. Harris.

PBR update

Harris, a four-time PRCA champion from Mullin, has accepted an invitation from the Professional Bull Riders to compete on the Built Ford Tough Series, which is the PBR’s top tier tour that determines the world champion.

He is scheduled to compete in the March 28-29 tour stop in Fresno, Calif. Harris was invited because of his accomplishments in the PRCA, which means he did not have to work his way onto the Ford Series through the PBR’s Touring Pro Division.

At the March 21-23 tour stop in Albuquerque, Brazilian Marco Eguchi clinched the Ty Murray Invitational title and earned $39,850. In the world standings, 2008 world champion Guilherme Marchi is ranked No. 1 with 5,198.68 points. Joao Ricardo Vieira, who finished second in Albuquerque, is ranked No. 2 with 4,824.56.

Cutting horse update

The National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes is scheduled for March 27-April 19 at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth.

The show, which offers a $2.9 million purse, will conclude with the 4-year-old open division finals, which is the second jewel of the Triple Crown series.

One horse to watch will be Dual Smart Kitty and rider Clay Johnson who won the first jewel of the Triple Crown, the December Futurity in Fort Worth.

In order to win the second jewel, Dual Smart Kitty, who is owned by Rusty and Shelly Simpson of Nemo, will have to advance through three preliminary rounds and then turn in the highest score during the April 19 finals.

Johnson, who grew up at Post and lives near Stephenville, is a former Super Stakes champion rider. In 2012, he clinched the open division title on KR Isadora Dual.

WPRA update

Latte, the barrel racing horse that carried Mary Walker of Ennis to the 2012 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world title, is scheduled to be auctioned at 10 a.m. Friday, March 28 at the Waxahachie Rodeo Complex in Waxahachie.

The decision to sell the horse is the result of a January lawsuit between Walker and Cheri Cogburn, who co-own Latte.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has written a rodeo column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram over the past quarter-century. Email him at bchoffman777@earthlink.net.

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