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Kaycee Feild 2014 Bareback Riding World Champion PRCA Photo by Larry SmithKaycee Feild

2014 Bareback Riding World Champion

Utah cowboy enjoying historic streak

Kaycee Feild’s goal is to be known as the best bareback rider ever, and the 28-year-old took another step toward that claim in 2014. The Spanish Fork, Utah, cowboy with the practically perfect riding form won his fourth consecutive gold buckle last year, along with his fourth straight average title at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo – an unprecedented double in any event.

“I’m a blessed young man, just to stay healthy for four years and have so much success,” Feild said. In 2013, he became the first competitor to win three consecutive gold buckles while also winning three straight average titles. So what did he do? Set the next goal: four of each.

“When I achieve my goals, it just makes me more excited for next year,” Feild said. “It’s building on what I’ve done, and bettering myself each year. I think I was better (in 2014), in and out of the arena.” So how far can Feild extend his amazing streak?

“Realistically,” Feild said, “I feel like I could do five more – in a row.”

Joe Alexander (1971-75) and Bruce Ford (1979-80, 1982-83, 1987) share the record for most bareback riding world championships with five – a record Feild hopes to equal in 2015.

Feild, a bit of a rodeo historian, knows the story about Alexander, who would’ve won seven straight gold buckles if not for a rule change that declared the NFR average champion to be the world champion. The rule change lasted from 1976-78, and cost Alexander two additional titles.

Despite his success, Feild said he doesn’t think he’s solidified his place in history. And he definitely wants to cement his name in the memories of fans and fellow competitors.

“I hope I’m remembered as one of the best already,” he said. “But I could mess up the next few years, and it’ll be forgotten pretty quickly. I’m in the books, but I want to go out swinging. I feel like I have at least eight years where my body will allow me to be where I’m at now.” Feild earned $294,980 for the 2014 season – the second-highest total of his career. He’s earned more than $1.6 million since joining the PRCA in 2007.

Feild was consistently spectacular throughout the 2014 season, winning 14 rodeos. He took titles at two Wrangler Million Dollar Tour events – Rodeo Austin (Texas) and the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo – and at the Silver Tour Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up.

He was the top money winner for Cowboy Christmas – the frenzied seven-day run during the week of July 4 – with $34,483, the fourth-highest total ever for that week.

Feild said he runs at least a mile and does sit-ups and push-ups nearly every day. “I’ve found I have more energy and can go all day long,” he said. “I want to use that energy wisely to benefit myself mentally and physically. I don’t want negative energy – that’s wasted energy.”

 - Bob Stephens, ProRodeo Sports News

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