Kaycee Feild from Spanish Fork, Utah, won the Washington State Fair Rodeo with this 87-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery. – PRCA photo by Kent Soules.
By Susan Kanode
For the Washington State Fair Rodeo
PUYALLUP, Wash. – Sept.13, 2015— Kaycee Feild might have a little more spring in his step when he arrives here for the Justin Boots Playoffs at the Washington State Fair.
The reigning – and four-time – world champion bareback rider has also earned the championship here four times. In fact, he has won this rodeo four out of the last five years and the only year he didn’t win it, his traveling partner Jessy Davis left with the buckle.
“I have no idea what it is about this arena,” Feild said. “I don’t know if it’s the loud speakers or the crowd getting into the rodeo, but I’ve had a lot of luck here.”
His luck includes getting on the right bucking horses and with eight stock contractors providing the animals, there were lots of opportunities for the contestants. Feild narrowly made the cut for the eight-man semi-finals after scoring 79.6 points yesterday. He was tied for the final spot with Clint Cannon from Waller, Texas, but because of his ranking in the standings, Feild got to move on.
He finished second in the semi-finals with an 87-point ride behind Terrebonne, Oregon’s Austin Foss who had an 87.5. They along with Tanner Aus, from Granite Falls, Minn., and Field’s traveling partner Davis advanced to the four-man finals.
It was there that a magical match-up happened. Feild had the opportunity to get on Calgary Stampede’s horse Special Delivery, the same horse that got him the Washington State Fair Rodeo win in 2014 as well as the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo championship.
When it was all said and done, he added $10,142 to his season earnings, giving him a little more breathing room in the world standings. The Puyallup win will put him over $100,000 in regular season earnings where he has a $15,000 lead over the man in second place, Evan Jayne from Marseille, France.
Feild is headed to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in December where world titles will be decided and wants to put as big a gap as he can between himself and fellow competitors. The regular season ends Sept. 30, and Puyallup’s rodeo is one of the last opportunities to get a big paycheck.
While Feild is worrying about maintaining his number one spot heading into rodeo’s championships, many other contestants are fighting to be among the top 15 who qualify for the NFR. One of those is bull rider Ty Wallace from Collbran, Colo.
Wallace competed at his first NFR last year and is hoping to make the trip again, but he has ground to make up to secure a top-15 position. A week ago, he was 19th in the world standings. He has moved up to 16th and the $5,601 he won here should put him close. He will have to keep adding to his earnings for the next two weeks to compete for a gold buckle awarded to world champions.
Clay Tryan from Billings, Mont., and Jade Corkill, from Fallon, Nev., know all about winning gold buckles. With Tryan heading and Corkill heeling, the reigning world champions stopped the clock in 4.9 seconds on Sunday afternoon to tie for the win in the final round. They earned the championship here because of their place in the standings and each collected $8,795. They lead the world standings in their respective categories and are hoping to go into the NFR in the lead and maintain that through 10 rounds of competition. The win here will certainly help.
This year’s rodeo paid contestants nearly one-quarter of a million dollars. It is traditionally the kick-off event of the Washington State Fair which continues through Sept. 27. For more information and complete fair schedules go towww.thefair.com.
Justin Boots Playoffs at the Washington State Fair champions
Bareback Riding –Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah 87points, $9,350
Steer Wrestling – J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn., 4.0 seconds, $10,762
Team Roping – Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., $8,795
Saddle Bronc Riding – Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, 86 points, $7,802
Tie-Down Roping – Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 15.8 seconds, $8,668
Women’s Barrel Race – Cassidy Kruse, 29.18 seconds, $7,574
Bull Riding – Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., 87 points, $5,601
PUYALLUP, Wash. – The following are Semi-final and overall results from the Justin Boots Playoffs at the Washington State Fair Sept. 13, 2015.
Bareback Riding: (Semi-final round) 1, Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 87.5 points on Calgary Stampede’s Twin Cherry, $3,170. 2, Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, 87, $2,377. 3, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 86, $1,585. 4, Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 79, $793. (final round) 1, Feild, 87points on Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery, $4,475. 2, Aus, 84.5, $3,357. 3, Foss, 81.5, $2,238. 4, Davis, 77, $1,119. (Average) 1, Feild, 253.5, $2,378. 2, Foss, 252, $1,823. 3, Aus, 251.5, $1,347. 4, Davis, 237, $872.
Steer Wrestling: (Semi-final round) 1, J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn., 4.0 seconds, $2,400. 2, Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah, 4.3, $1,800. 3, Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, 4.9, $1,200. 4, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 5.0, $800.(final round) 1, Struxness, 4.0, $2,400. 2, Roche, $1,800. 3, Hass, 4.9, $1,200. 4, Irwin, 5.0, $600.
Team Roping: (Semi-final round) 1, Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 5.1 seconds, $3,200 each. 2, Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 5.4, $2,400. 3, Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif., and B.J. Campbell, Aguila, Ariz., 5.6, $1,800. 4, Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas, and Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas, 10.5, $800. (final round) 1, (tie) Tryan and Corkill; and Lovell and Koontz, 4.9 and $4,200 each. 3, Smith and Eaves, 5.2, $2,400. 4, Mitchell and Campbell, no time, $1,200.
Saddle Bronc Riding: (Semi-final round) 1, Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, 86 points on Northcott Rodeo’s Get Smart, $1,600. 2, Wade Sundell, Coleman, Okla., 81.5, $1,200. 3, Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 81, $800. 4, CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, 78, $400. (final round) 1, Crawley, 88.5 points on Calgary Stampede’s Stampede Warrior, $1,600. 2, Sundell, 88, $1,200. 3, Bradshaw, 85, $800. 4, Wright, 84, $400.
Tie-Down Roping: (Semi-final round) 1, Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 8.5 seconds, $3,200. 2, Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 9.0, $2,400. 3, Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 9.2, $1,600. 4, (tie) Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, and Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 10.0 and $400 each. (final round) 1, Moore, 9.2, $4,800. 2, Costa, 9.3, $3,600. 3, Brazile, 9.6, $2,400. 4, Cooper, 11.0, $1,200.
Women’s Barrel Racing: (final round – money not available) 1, Cassidy Kruse, Gillette, Wyo., 14.61. 2, Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo., 14.66. 3, Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont., 14.73. 4, Sarah Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., 14.81.(total on two) 1, Kruse, 29.18, $3,187. 2, Conrado, 29.50, $2,732. 3, Wright, 29.61, $2,277. 4, Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.81, $1,973. 4, (tie) McDonald, and Callie DuPerier, Boerne, Texas, 29.72, $1,366 each. 6, (tie) Vickie Carter, Richfield, Utah; Andrea Busby, Brock, Texas; and Brittany Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif.; 29.85, $658. 10, Rachel Dice, Livermore, Calif., 29.88, $304.
Bull Riding: (Semi-final round – two rides) 1, Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., 87 points on Growney Brother’s Sweet Sinner, $2,650. 2, Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont., 77, $2,168. (final round) 1, Wallace, 87 points on Growney Brother’s What a Ball, $1,927. 2, Breding, 85.5, $1,445. 3, Tim Bingham, 82, $964.* 4, Kody DeShon, Helena, Mont., no score, $482.*
*Bingham and DeShon advanced to semifinals based on standings.