(AP) — Kaycee Feild took advantage of a re-ride for his fourth victory in the first seven rounds of the National Finals Rodeo, scoring 85.5 points Wednesday night on Gold Dust.
Feild, the world standings leader from Payson, Utah, received the option for a re-ride after scoring 74 points on Inky. He won the opening three rounds in the 10-round finals.
"I didn't come here to win second," Feild said. "I wanted to win first. One of my good friends, Ty Murray (two-time bareback world champion), wrote a book and said, 'If you get the option for a re-ride and you're not winning first, why not chance it and go for it?'
"I never had a re-ride at the finals before, but I knew in my mind that if it came to that I would take it. With the money that's up for the average, it would be devastating to take second because I didn't take the re-ride. I'd look like kind of a wimp then, wouldn't I? We get on re-rides all year. When you come here you have to be prepared for that stuff physically and mentally."
Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas, on River Boat Annie, and Casey Colletti of Pueblo, Colo., on Dusty Dan, tied for second at 84.
Feild has earned $237,006 this season. Lowe is second with $171,673.
Feild also leads in the NFR aggregate standings with seven rides for 607 points.
In saddle bronc riding, world standings leader Taos Muncy of Corona, N.M., won the seventh round with an 86.5 on Blew Apart.
"I was just hoping to stay on, really," Muncy said. "I'd seen four or five great bronc riders in front of me, so I knew I had to bear down. That was a real nice horse that I hadn't really seen much before. He had bucked off some pretty good guys, so I was excited to draw him."
Muncy, who has earned $179,530, is second in the aggregate standings with 564.5 points for seven rides. Jesse Wright of Milford, Utah, leads with 599 points for seven rides. He was third in the round with an 84 on Vanilla Twist.
In steer wrestling, world standings leader Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, Calif., a two-time world champion, tied for fifth with Jason Miller of Lance Creek, Wyo., in 4.3 seconds. Branquinho has made $171,538, and second-place Miller has earned $143,944.
Branquinho also is the NFR aggregate standings leader with a seven-run time of 26.8. He is on pace to break the NFR record of 37.4 set by Rope Myers in 2001. Branquinho's slowest time so far is 4.3. Olin Hannum of Malad, Idaho, won the round at 3.8.
In tie-down roping, Ryan Jarrett of Comanche, Okla., made it two consecutive round wins when he tied for first in 7.6 with Clint Cooper of Decatur, Texas, and Tyson Durfey of Colbert, Wash. Cooper's brother, Tuf, who didn't earn a check in the round, remained in first place in the world standings with $168,965.
Cody Ohl of Hico, Texas, who tied for fifth in 7.8, is second in the standings with $139,763. Ohl leads the NFR aggregate race with a time of 56.2 for seven rounds. He's trying to break Fred Whitfield's tie-down roping record of 84.0, set in 1997.
In bull riding, world standings leader Shane Proctor of Grand Coulee, Wash., one of only two riders out of 15 who had successful rides, finished second with a 77 on Jordan's Jacket. Clayton Savage of Cheyenne, Wyo., won with an 85 on Early Bird.
J.W. Harris of Mullin, Texas, who was bucked off Cooper's Magic in 4.5 seconds, remained second in the standings, $37,830 behind Proctor.
NFR rookie Jacob O'Mara of Prairieville, La., is first in the aggregate race at 345.5 for four rides. Tyler Willis of Wheatland, Wyo., is second in the aggregate race with 336 points for four rides.
In barrel racing, Lindsay Sears of Nanton, Alberta, who is second in the world standings, won the round in 13.56.
World standings leader Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, Texas, placed third in 13.76 and stayed in first with $182,052. Sears is second with $166,893. Sherry Cervi of Marana, Ariz., who placed second in 13.71, leads the aggregate standings with a time of 97.67 for seven rounds.
In team roping, header Erich Rogers of Round Rock, Ariz., and heeler Kory Koontz of Sudan, Texas, won the round in 3.7.
Header Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, and heeler Patrick Smith of Midland, Texas, who didn't place among the top six, remained first in the NFR aggregate standings with a time of 34.1 on seven head. They are trying to break the aggregate record of 59.1 that Jake Barnes and Clay O'Brien Cooper set in 1994.
Header Clay Tryan of Billings, Mont., and heeler Travis Graves of Jay, Okla., remained in first place in the world standings with $146,092 after failing to earn a check.