Feild captures first Ellensburg title


ELLENSBURG, Wash. – In Kaycee Feild’s decorated rodeo career, he had never won the Ellensburg Rodeo.

That’s not the case anymore.

Feild, who has won the last three bareback riding world championships, totaled 169 points on two head to capture the title Monday at the Ellensburg Rodeo Arena. “This was one of the rodeos, for sure (on my bucket list),” Feild said. “I wrote a whole bunch of goals down in January on my mirror and that was one of my goals, and it means a lot for me to win there.”

Feild secured the coveted title with an 87-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery in the short round. “That horse was all there,” Feild said. “Going into it, I knew that horse would have one or two moves and be pretty strong. So my main focus before I got to the rodeo and got down in the chute was to be strong with my core and my feet, and try to just muscle through that first jump, and then let loose and get rolling.

“I had him (Special Delivery) at the NFR in 2012 in the fifth round, and I knew he was going to be quite a handful, but it was a lot of fun.”

Despite his three gold buckles, Feild shows no signs of letting up. In the Sept. 2 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, Feild has a substantial lead with $147,553, which is $30,900 more than second-place Steven Peebles. “This win is just what I needed,” said Feild, who was third in the first round in Ellensburg with an 82-point ride. “At the end of August, I just couldn’t get anything going, and I was getting a lot of re-rides. This is what I needed to get my momentum going again.”

Other winners at the $269,914 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($4,380 in tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping), steer wrestler K.C. Jones (13.3 seconds on three head), team ropers Charly Crawford and Shay Carroll (18.5 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Chad Ferley (174 points on two head), tie-down roper Hunter Herrin (26.2 seconds on three head), barrel racer Christine Laughlin (51.65 seconds on three runs), steer roper Joe Wells (27.0 seconds on two head) and bull rider Josh Koschel (167 points on two head).

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