Fort Worth Stock Show Results
By Susan Kanode For the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
FORT WORTH — The 116th annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo came to a close Saturday night, Feb. 4, 2012, by crowning one repeat and eight new champions.
Kaycee Feild, from Payson, Utah won the bareback riding championship in Fort Worth in 2010 after finishing two points behind Bobby Mote from Culver, Ore., who was the 2009 champion. This year he qualified for the final round in seventh place and had some ground to make up.
Feild did that with an outstanding 91-point effort aboard Carr ProRodeo’s Dirty Jacket, the high-marked ride of this year’s rodeo. While it earned the reigning world champion the final round win, it wasn’t quite enough for him to have the championship outright. When everything was totaled up, Feild was tied with three-time world champion Will Lowe, from Canyon, Texas. They each had 323 points on four horses. Lowe earned more money by virtue of preliminary round earnings and took home $7,743 compared to Feild’s $6,817. This was Lowe’s first title from the “World’s Original Indoor Rodeo.”
The big money winner was also another bucking horse rider. Cody Taton from Mud Butte, S.D., earned money in every round of competition en route to his saddle bronc riding championship. Taton rode J Bar J Rodeo’s horse named Special Time for 86 points in the final round. That gave him a total of 252 points on three rides to collect a total of $13,259.
“It’s awesome to win a rodeo like this,” he said. “This rodeo has done a lot to get better horses here and it’s making the rodeo better for the cowboys and the fans. It’s one of the rodeos you always hear about, so to win it really means a lot.”
It was an all-around talent that ran away with the women’s barrel racing title. Nikki Steffes, who is just in her second year of full-time competition in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association had three runs totaling 49.74 seconds to win $10,960. Steffes from Vale, S.D. is a graduate of the University of Wyoming in Laramie where she competed in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association earning the women’s all-around championship two times.
In college, she also competed in breakaway roping and goat tying. Now that she has graduated and has an awesome horse in Dash Ta Vanilla, her focus has changed. She has put her plans of going to dental school on hold and is making a run for a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification. The money she won in Fort Worth put her fourth in the world standings, a position she will be working to maintain through the rest of the season.
“I can hardly believe it,” Steffes said. “There were so many great barrel racers and horses here. It’s unreal. My horse made some awesome runs and was absolutely flawless in the finals.”
In the steer wrestling, Curtis Cassidy from Donalda, Alberta, had a total time of 12.4 seconds on three runs to win $9,537. Team ropers Erich Rogers from Round Rock, Ariz., and Kory Koontz from Sudan, Texas, each earned $5,339 for their first victory in the Will Rogers Coliseum with a total time of 16.5 seconds.
Tie-down roper Jared Kempker from Eugene, Mo., had the biggest win of his life here with a total time of 28.9 seconds. He earned $13,037. In bull riding, it was Trevor Kastner, from Ardmore, Okla., who was victorious. Kastner won the final round with a 91-point ride on 4L/Diamond S Rodeo’s Cybercat and took home the championship with 242 points on three head. He will be keeping the $8,029 in earnings, but gave the traditional championship buckle from the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo to his father who was on hand to watch him win.
Total payoff at this Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned rodeo was $567,707.