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Feild takes bareback lead

Feild takes bareback lead

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Kaycee Feild’s Cowboy Christmas itinerary is taking him all across the country.

Trying to run down the list of stops — which includes stops in Arkansas, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota, Minnesota and Utah, as well as a trip north of the border to Calgary, Alberta, among others — the veteran cowboy pauses a few times while running down the list of stops, flights and all-night drives before early rides.

“It’s a busy week. This is when you can make a lot of money and climb the standings,” Feild said.

On Tuesday night, the four-time world champion was in Mandan for the annual Rodeo Days rodeo, and the PRCA’s No. 12-ranked cowboy posted a strong showing – putting up a score of 86.5 on Shoot the Moon to take the lead after the second go in bareback riding.

Feild had a previous matchup with Shoot the Moon to draw upon.

“I had been on him before in January,” Feild said. “I kind of knew I had to fight up, I had to give it my all right out of there. He came out of there, I felt really good and strong for about five and then he kind of got one step ahead of me and I was just going through the motions, just fighting it as hard as I could. I got off, I heard the score and was excited, the crowd got into it – there’s a lot of energy here and it’s a great rodeo to ride at.”

Feild’s 86.5 put him on top of the leader board. Logan Corbett posted the top score in Monday’s first go with an 85 on Thunderstruck.

Earlier Tuesday night, Mark Kreder of Collinsville, Okla., moved into a tie for first with an 85 on Cactus Black.

After missing 2016 due to injury, Feild feels like he’s hitting his stride once again.

“I had to go to a lot of little rodeos (last year) because I missed 2016,” Feild. “I had a little rodeo horse that did a front flip on me and broke my right arm, my riding arm. And then I came back in Reno, my first one back and did the same thing, broke it in a different spot.

“I kept rodeoing for two months, and then about mid-September I couldn’t take it anymore and went home. I had enough qualifications where I could get into the big winter rodeos. I just went home and changed my goals, changed my focus. I’ve been rodeoing a little different this year and it’s starting to pay off. I feel really good. I’m healthier than I have been at this time of the year probably eight or nine years. I’m strong and I’m happy where I’m at, got some momentum going now and some positive attitude behind me and I’m feeling great.”

Sean Mulligan of Coleman, Okla., posted the best score of the night in steer wrestling with a 4.7. Cyler Dowling’s 4.0 in the first go remains on top of the leader board.

Nic Lica of Garden City, Mich., posted an 83.5 on Shelly’s Gangster during the first section of bull riding. Koby Radley’s 91.5 on Dakota Rodeo's Soup was the leader going into the second go.

In team roping, Paul David Tierney of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Tanner Braden of Dewey, Okla., took the lead with a time of 5.0 seconds.

Taos Muncy of Corona, N.M., had the best score of the second go in saddle bronc riding with an 85.5.

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