Rodeoing in his Field of Dreams
Three-time World Champion Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild enters the 2014 (WNFR) Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in first place. This year Feild competed at only 44 (PRCA) Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeos and won an impressive $172,383. Crunch the numbers and run straight statistics on 44 bucking horses per an eight second qualified ride and the payout is $489 per second. Not a bad hourly wage however in the sport of rodeo there are entry fees, travel expenses and no operations manager coordinating team travel. The rodeo season is grueling with long drives, missed flights and then in December the 10 nights in Las Vegas makes it all worthwhile.
Wrangler 20X Jeans and Utah native, Kaycee Feild, is looking to win his fourth consecutive gold buckle and continue adding to his trophy room. Three gold buckles, trophy saddles and his prizes don’t all fit under one roof. In 2011 he won the RAM Top Gun Award truck which pulls his Malibu Wakesetter 24 LSV. “I keep it hooked up to my boat and I drive it to the lake,” explained Feild.
“I have a coffee table with all my buckles in it. It has the NFR rounds, averages and the big wins. Under the TV we have a long table with the bronze and spurs I’ve won,” continued Feild. The trophy room includes his 2014 RodeoHouston saddle after winning $75,000 plus back-to-back bronzes from winning the Calgary Stampede in 2012 and 2013.
Kaycee was quoted in THE AMERICAN interview as wanting 12 and 13-year-old fans to remember “he rode bucking horses with authority.” Known for being a humble cowboy and always having time for his family, friends and rodeo fans he also is an ambassador with the Wrangler Patriot Tour. During Memorial Day week Feild takes time out from rodeoing to go abroad and visit active duty United States military personnel serving around the world.
On the 10th night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Kaycee wears his signature shirt – literally.
For the past five summers Feild has participated in the American300.org tour. Each year Kaycee has the servicemen and serivce women sign his 10th go-round shirt that he meets on the American300 Tour. Cowboy Lifestyle Network asked Kaycee if his paths ever cross stateside with the military personnel again. Kaycee mentioned, he’ll be at a restaurant or somewhere and I’ll kinda of recognize someone. “They will come over and say we met in Afghanistan in 2011 and I appreciate you coming over,” he explains.
“What I’ve learned is just going over there has been a life changing experience. It makes you appreciate what you have and how great America really is,” emphasized Kaycee.
Fishing, hunting and snowmobiles top Feild’s list of hobbies. “My brother really enjoys fishing. I go ice fishing with him when I’m home,” commented Feild. “We go out and drill a hole and sit on a couple buckets. We keep ice fishing pretty simple.” If Kaycee wasn’t a professional rodeo cowboy he told Cowboy Lifestyle Network he’d be racing snowmobiles.
Kaycee reflected on 2014 regular season by stating, “I had a great year from the beginning to the end. I entered 70 rodeos and only went t to 44. I spent a lot of time with my family. I took it easy this year and I’m nursing a hip injury from a couple years back.”
While the rodeo fans are watching Kaycee ride bucking horses in Las Vegas take note of the clothing fashions his wife Stephanie and young daughter Chaimberlyn will be wearing. Stephanie is very fashion forward and last year Cowboy Lifestyle Network caught up with her in this article: Rodeo Wives and Girlfriends set the style fashions at the NFR.
Kaycee admitted that his wife has already chosen her gown for the Wrangler NFR Contestant Backnumber presentation on Tuesday December 2, 2014 at the South Point Hotel and Casino. “I won’t be surprised if they fill up the whole pickup bed with clothing and I only get the backseat,” he joked.
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