Hoffman: Cowboys Feild, Scheer and Reeves bank checks for $433,333

Kaycee Feild pocketed $433,333 for clinching the bareback bronc riding title at RFD-TV’s The American on Feb. 25 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.


After earning the big paycheck, the 30-year-old former world champion said he plans on the $433,333 being a big boost toward retiring from the sport someday in great financial shape.

“I can do something like go home and start a business,” Feild said. “It can mean when I retire from rodeo I won’t have to go work a 9-to-5 job. I can see my kids right when they get home.”

Feild was among three competitors who left the rodeo with $433,333. The other two were saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer and steer wrestler Matt Reeves.

Reeves is a native of Pampa who is from Cross Plains.

Feild, a four-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion, clinched the title with a remarkable final round score of 90.75 aboard a stalwart bronc named Virgil, the PRCA 2017 Bareback Horse of the Year who is owned by the C5 Rodeo Co.

Scheer finished No. 1 in saddle bronc riding with an 89. Reeves clinched the bulldogging title with a 3.73.

The American offered competitors $2 million, a record payoff for a single performance rodeo. Feild, Scheer and Reeves each were eligible for a share of a $1 million “side pot” within the $2 million purse.

The three men split the $1 million. Each cowboy earned $333,333, plus $100,000 that goes to the winner of every event.

All of The American’s other single event champions earned $100,000. Three of The American’s $100,000 winners are from the Stephenville area. They were team ropers Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira and tie-down roper Marty Yates. Yates clinched the tie-down roping title with an unusually fast final round time of 6.38 seconds. Driggers and Nogueira turned in a 4.57 during the finals.

In bull riding, Jess Lockwood, the 2017 Professional Bull Riders world champion, clinched the title with a 90. Barrel racer Taci Bettis paced the field with a 14.848.

With a $2 million purse, The American is the world’s richest single performance rodeo.

San Antonio rodeo

Defending world all-around champion Tuf Cooper finished third in the tie-down roping title race at the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo and earned $16,398. He also finished second in the steer roping title race and pocketed $22,677.

At the Feb. 8-25 San Antonio Rodeo, the title races are decided by total prize money earnings throughout the rodeo.

All in all, Cooper earned $39,075 at the San Antonio rodeo. He was ranked No. 1 in last week’s PRCA’s 2018 world all-around race with $65,667. Ryle Smith, who clinched the tie-down roping title in San Antonio after earning $18,928, was ranked No. 2 in last week’s world all-around standings with $40,799. Trevor Brazile, who finished fourth in the team roping heading race with $12,394, was ranked No. 3 in the world all-around standings with $40,092.

Scott Snedecor clinched the steer roping title in San Antonio and earned $28,394. Other champions were bareback rider Caleb Bennett ($22,169), steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge ($23,081), team ropers Coleman Proctor and Billie Jack Saebens ($23,015), saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley ($25,765), barrel racer Hailey Kinsel ($25,142) and bull rider Garrett Tribble ($34,574).

PBR update

On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, Luciano De Castro, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, clinched the title at last weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in North Little Rock, Ark.

He was the only cowboy who stayed on all three bulls at the two-day show, which was called the Badboy Mowdown.

De Castro is ranked No. 2 in the world title race.

Houston rodeo

At the Houston Livestock Show Rodeo, Audy Reed of Spearman advanced to saddle bronc riding semifinal round after earning $3,000 in Super Series I, which was Feb. 27-March 1. RodeoHouston’s high profile tournament format rodeo concludes March 17.

In the money

Zach Hibler of Wheeler clinched the bareback riding title last weekend at a PRCA show in Bay City after turning in a score of 84.5. He earned $993.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades. Email him at bchoffman777@earthlink.net.