Kaycee Feild Looks for Seventh Gold Buckle at 2022 NFR
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BY BRETT NIERENGARTEN @PRORODEOBRETT
As he has gotten older, Kaycee Feild has continued to take something of an unorthodox approach to the way he rodeos. Almost everywhere he enters pays well and he takes more time off than any other bareback rider to ensure he’s fresh and focused every time he rides.
This was evident in 2022, when Feild got on just 44 horses for the entire year, far fewer than anyone else in the Top 15. The results this year, just like past years, are inarguable. The six-time World Champion pulled checks of at least $1,000 on an astounding 57 percent of his outs. Furthermore, he pulled a check of $2,500 or more on nearly 40 percent of his outs.
After erasing a $35,000 to win another Gold Buckle in 2021, Feild is only about $30,000 back in 2022 as he looks to make it three World Titles in a row and seven for his career.
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, $26,360
After winning his record-breaking sixth PRCA Bareback Riding Gold Buckle last December, Feild did not compete again until the end of January and he started his season off with a bang. All four of his rides in Fort Worth were marked 85 or more points and he sealed the win with what would be his highest score of 2022 - 93 points aboard OLS Tubs Stevie Knicks in the Finals.
San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, $21,000
Just like Fort Worth, Feild won the rodeo with a huge score on an iconic horse. Feild was 91.5 points on Calgary Stampede’s Agent Lynx in the Finals to win a loaded Short Round that featured two-time NFR Average Champion Jess Pope, World No. 1 Cole Reiner and three-time World Champion Tim O’Connell. San Antonio and Fort Worth were the first two rodeos Feild entered in 2022.
HIGHEST MARKED RIDES
St. Paul Rodeo, 89.5 Points
Feild’s two highest marked rides of the season came in Fort Worth and San Antonio, but to avoid repetition, we’re going to focus on two he made over the summer in Oregon. Feild rode Big Star for 89.5 points to win the one-header over the Fourth and collect a massive $12,098 payday. Feild was 3.5 points clear of Cole Reiner.
Pendleton Round-Up, 90 Points
Feild rode Irish Eyes in the Finals to get to 175.5 points on two and beat out Orin Larsen by two points and Jess Pope by three. He left Pendleton with over $10,000 and his first career win at the historic rodeo.
Douglas County Fair and Rodeo, 89 Points
Feild split the the one-header in Colorado with Mason Clements and Orin Larsen thanks to 89 points on Trailer Home of Summit Pro Rodeo.
Bozeman Stampede, 89 Points
The weekend after his win in Douglas County, Feild notched the exact same score in Montana to win the rodeo along with Caleb Bennett. Both August rodeos Feild was the co-champion of paid more than $3,000.
Young Living’s Last Chance Rodeo, 89.5 Points
The weekend after Pendleton, Feild won the final rodeo of his season with 89.5 points in his home state of Utah. Feild ended the season with back-to-back rodeo and round wins.
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