This week was a very interesting week to be following the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and its competitors that travel across the country throughout the year. After the injunction ruling regarding the PRCA Vs. ERA lawsuit was handed down many major changes have taken place in regards to the world standings and earlier prize money won in the first couple months of the 2016 season. Many announcements and social media postings have been made about this particular circumstance and we will try to break it all down for you in this week’s Rodeo Round Up PRCA Update.
Everyone was wondering what would ACTUALLY happen and if the PRCA would maintain their stance as to what they as an association would do once the ruling came down. The fact is each of the things they said would happen took effect immediately but some may wonder what this all means. If it is any indication of what is yet to come we have a very different look and feel as to how the 2016 Wrangler National Finals will be as we look forward to this coming December in Las Vegas.
Last night I received an email from the headquarters of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association regarding the updated world standings and the changes that have been made to them following the judge’s ruling just over a week ago. It still seems very odd not to see some names on that list as many of the well known names within the sport are no longer allowed to compete or collect money from any PRCA sanctioned events. That being said, this will open up the door for a new era of up and coming rodeo athletes to make a name for themselves.
One of the biggest voids in the new world standings is that of the all-around where Trevor Brazile has taken up residence for years. Now that Brazile has stood by the ERA and will not be allowed to compete at any PRCA sanctioned events the current standings look much different. When you look at them now there are only two names that are on the list that is usually quite large. Caleb Smidt is just over $3,500 ahead of the only other contestant who is currently gunning for that title, Justin Thigpen.
Many new names are atop the world standings leader boards in the seven traditional rodeo events as well which will make for a very exciting year for many young up and coming PRCA contestants. The current world leaders are: Bareback Riding (Tim O’Connell/Zwingle, Iowa), Steer Wrestling (Ty Erickson/Helena, Montana), Team Roping (Clay Smith and Paul Eaves), Saddle Bronc Riding (Jacobs Crawley/Boerne, Texas), Tie-Down Roping (Ryle Smith/Oakdale, California), Bull Riding (Trevor Kastner/Ardmore, Oklahoma) and Barrel Racing (Ivy Conrado/Hudson, Colorado).
5-Time PRCA World Champion Lewis Feild
Photo Courtesy Of The PRCA/Brain Gauck
Some saddening news came out of the professional rodeo world two nights ago as one of the sport’s true gentleman and cowboy legend passed away peacefully. Lewis Feild, 5-time World Champion, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last October and has been fighting the good fight ever since. Being the father of World Champion Kaycee Feild and a PRCA member since 1980 he was always around the media room with his son celebrating his titles and I had the honor of getting to know him throughout the years.
Since being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer Lewis refused to let that get him down and stayed very strong throughout his fight. Just two days before his passing he had the chance to climb aboard a horse and go for a short ride around his property in Utah. Having the chance to do that was very therapeutic for both him and his family that was by his side. We all will miss the outspoken cowboy but we will never forget the times that we got to spend with him and the many lives that he touched whether he knew it or not. R.I.P Lewis, you will never be forgotten!
Public viewing and service announcements have been made and we have the information for you if you would like to pay your respects. Feild, 1992 Pro Rodeo Hall Of Fame Member, will be laid to rest this coming Saturday the 20th of February at 1 P.M. Services will take place in Elk Ridge, Utah at the Elk Ridge Stake Center Chapel. Visitation will be Friday the 19th from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. and then again Saturday morning from 11:45 A.M. to 12:45 P.M. prior to the start of the funeral service. Friends and family are encouraged to come pay their respects and support the entire Feild family in their time of loss. You can find out more information by checking out the link here.
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