This week has been very profitable and history making for some of the pro rodeo athletes competing in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. With the regular season ending in just over three short weeks now is the time for the top cowboys and cowgirls to start getting “hot”. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo takes the top fifteen contestants in each event and gives these premiere athletes the chance to compete for a ton of one and a world championship title. There are man things to watch for over the next few weeks and the Rodeo Round Up will continue to stay on top of all the breaking news and standings to keep you updated as to what is happening in the PRCA and what contestants are making moves and names for themselves during this last part of the 2014 season. This week two well known cowboys have made tremendous moves and have gained personal titles that they have yet to win until now!
This week World Champion bareback rider Kaycee Field gained one championship title that he has not been able to call his throughout his entire rodeo career. For an amazing and legendary cowboy Field has won three straight world championship titles but the title of bareback riding champion for the Ellensburg rodeo has eluded him his entire career. Last week Field’s bucket list became a little shorter as he did finally win his first Ellensburg (WA) rodeo title. His first title at the Ellensburg Rodeo Arena was awarded on Monday after a total of 169 points on two head. Field said, “This was one of the rodeos, for sure (on my bucket list), I wrote a whole bunch of goals down in January on my mirror and that was one of my goals, and it means a lot for me to win there.” Kaycee made sure the title was coming home with him this year when he found out what his match up would be for the championship short go round. He drew a horse that he had a lot of experience on and rodeo Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery for 87 championship points to gain his first Ellensburg Rodeo title. He talked about his match up by saying, “I had him (Special Delivery) at the NFR in 2012 in the fifth round, and I knew he was going to be quite a handful, but it was a lot of fun.” He went on to say, “Going into it, I knew that horse would have one or two moves and be pretty strong. So my main focus before I got to the rodeo and got down in the chute was to be strong with my core and my feet, and try to just muscle through that first jump, and then let loose and get rolling.” Kaycee Field shows no signs of letting up these last three weeks and has his eyes set on his coveted 4th consecutive bareback World Championship!
Fan favorite Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell travelling thousands of miles over this past weekend. The Boxholm, Iowa cowboy earned four checks in three different states that included three event wins. Sundell started his weekend run fifth in the PRCA Saddle Bronc world standings and made a huge dent in the gap by taking home his biggest check of the weekend by winning his “hometown” rodeo, the Dayton Championship Rodeo, with a winning ride aboard Cervi Championship Rodeo’s horse Fire Bomb. Even though severe weather and tornado warnings were being issues Sundell must have thought they were for him as the “mud hole” bowl at the Dayton arena began filling with water. He also collected big wins at the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo in Vinita, Okla., and the Pine City (Minn.) Championship PRCA Rodeo where the Miss Rodeo Minnesota pageant was held for the first time. Elk City, Oklahoma was good to Sundell as well when he split third place with fellow saddle bronc rider, Ty Atchison. Wade Sundell put a dent in the world standings by winning $6,076 over this past weekend in the great Midwest and now he has his sights set on winning his first career world title at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December inside the Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas, Nevada!
The Rodeo Round Up team will continue to stay on top of the weekly updates and breaking news stories involving the PRCA and the WPRA all the way up to the close of the season. Once the fifteen contestants in each event are announced for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo we will inform all of our loyal fan base. Make sure to follow the Rodeo Round Up here, on facebook here on twitter by following us at @therodeoroundup. Stay tuned for weekly podcasts starting this week with 2008 Miss Rodeo America and RFD-TV commentator Amy Wilson! Tune in to hear what she has to say about the year so far, what to expect at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and what the Miss Rodeo America program means to the sport of professional rodeo.
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