SHERIDAN — Kaycee Feild only had about a week’s worth of rodeos under his belt leading up to the Sheridan WYO Rodeo. The Utah native suffered a serious injury March 31 when he was knocked unconscious, bucked off his bronc and kicked in the head.
The final diagnosis was a fractured eye socket, nasal cavity, jaw and skull. Feild suffered some brain bleeding and the next two months were spent in bed.
While the time spent away from the arena could have proven frustrating to any cowboy, Feild chose to focus on the positive.
“It was good for me to go home not only let my body heal but to spend time with my family,” Feild said. “I started craving it, dreaming about winning, picking up buckles. I started to dream about the biggest, baddest broncs.”
Bad Moon paired as Feild’s bareback bronc Saturday during Sheridan WYO Rodeo at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds. And while some rust was present, Feild still managed to score an 85.5 to place second overall.
That garnered Feild a paycheck totaling $4,259, but the WYO Rodeo is much more than a payday to him. It’s an event that’s more than just about bucking broncs.
“The Sheridan WYO Rodeo, it’s such a big tradition,” Feild said. “… It’s like this, I got to go to Casper. I got to go to Colorado Springs. It’s not like that here. I get to come to Sheridan. I get to compete in Sheridan. This rodeo is very special in its own ways. It’s one of the big rodeos you want to win and have on your credentials when you’re done rodeoing.”
Feild finished his day, wishing luck and poking harmless fun at saddle bronc rider Chet Johnson. The Douglas resident checks in at age 38, making him one of the oldest competitors on the circuit.
“It’s pretty much a constant thing I get everywhere,” Johnson laughed.
Johnson saddled up Marquee and rode the horse — one he’s quite familiar with — to a score of 85.5 and a second-place finish. Johnson lived in Sheridan for a decade, graduated from Sheridan College and now makes his home in Douglas, but he always enjoys the homecoming at the WYO Rodeo.
“This feels more hometown than just about anywhere,” Johnson said. “I come here and it’s like coming home, and I really want to have the win here, but obviously a guy will take second any day.”
Johnson brought home a paycheck of $3,567, while Stetson Wright’s Wednesday night’s score of 86.5 earned him the win. Steven Dent claimed top honors in bareback with a score of 86.
Shay Good won steer roping, clocking in at 68.6 seconds on four rides. Blair Jones logged an aggregate score of 9.1 on two steers to take the crown.
Caleb Smidt placed first in tie-down roping with an aggregate score of 17.9 on two calves. Riley Minor and Brady Minor took the team roping crown after recording a time of 10.8 in two rounds, and Jordan Wacey Spears won bull riding with a score of 86.5.