Wrangler NFR Round 6Wrangler NFR
Dec. 7, 2021
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WADE SUNDELL TO MISS REMAINDER OF NFR WITH BACK INJURY
Veteran saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell will miss the remainder of the 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo after suffering a back injury.
The injury occurred on Monday when Sundell was thrown off a horse during the Grand Entry for Round 5 while carrying the Iowa state flag.
“I ended up having a fracture in my spine,” said Sundell, the 2018 PRCA World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider. “Absolutely (it’s heartbreaking), but it’s just part of it. Being around this sport things are going to happen like that.”
Sundell won Round 4 of the 2021 Wrangler NFR with an 89.5-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Bet The Ranch. He was sitting 14th in the average headed into Tuesday. He is expected to be sideline for two to three months.
“It’s going to be one of those deals where we just wait and see,” he said. “The doctors said I will most likely be out 8-12 weeks.”
BAREBACK RIDER KAYCEE FEILD MAKES PRCA HISTORY WITH ROUND 5 WIN
History doesn’t have to wait any longer for Kaycee Feild.
The five-time and reigning bareback riding world champion is the all-time PRCA record holder in bareback riding round wins at the National Finals Rodeo with 26 surpassing Bobby Mote.
Feild etched his spot in history by winning Round 5 with a 91-point ride on Brookman Rodeo’s Famous Dex at the 2021 Wrangler NFR presented by Teton Ridge Monday at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Feild is on a heater. He won Round 3 outright, split Round 4 and won Round 5. Feild won a PRCA record six rounds at the 2011 NFR.
Feild leads the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $230,127 and he’s first in the average with 439.5 points on five head.
Reigning bull riding world champion Stetson Wright electrified the Thomas & Mack crowd with a 94.5-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Chiseled to lead in Round 5.
The Round 5 of bull riding was not completed because Shane Proctor was injured during his re-ride. Proctor was evaluated Tuesday morning and cleared to take his re-ride during the Round 6 performance. On the Justin Sportsmedicine injury report, Proctor is listed with a right lower leg contusion and right shoulder strain.
Chiseled, owned by H.D. Page, is the 2020 and 2021 Pendleton Whisky’s Let ‘er Buck Bucking Stock of the Year Bull of the Year. Wright’s ride is a Round 5 record at the NFR. The record was a 92-point ride by Daylon Swearingen on Big Stone Rodeo Inc.’s War Cry in 2019.
The overall record at the NFR in bull riding is a 96-point trip by Cody Hancock on Diamond G Rodeo’s Mister USA in 2001.
NEWS & NOTES
In bareback riding, Jess Pope, currently third ranked in the world standings and second in the average, matches up with Sankey Pro Rodeo & Phenom Genetics’ Irish Eyes. The horse was ridden for an 88.5-point ride by Cole Reiner in Round 1 of the 2021 Wrangler NFR for a second-place go-round finish. Three-time PRCA World Champion Tim O’Connell hopes to build off his 87.5-point ride Monday night, drawing The Cervi Brothers’ Vitalix Ain’t No Angel. O’Connell hasn’t finished higher than fifth place in a go-round through the five rounds. R.C. Landingham rode his way to a split third-place finish in Round 1 on Vitalix Ain’t No Angel, scoring 87 points…In the saddle bronc riding, average leader Brody Cress has drawn Sankey Pro Rodeo & Phenom Genetics’ Pendleton Whisky’s Marquee. In Round 1 of the Wrangler NFR, Chase Brooks put up an 88.5-point ride to tie for the round win. Coming off a second-place finish in Round 5, Stetson Wright will matchup with Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Vitalix Wyatt Earp on Tuesday night. In the opening round, two-time PRCA World Champion Zeke Thurston went for 88.5-point ride on the horse. All seven cowboys that have ridden Vitalix Wyatt Earp this season have qualified rides…In the bull riding, world standings leader Sage Kimzey will go head-to-head with Hurst & TNT Pro Rodeo’s Rip. Ky Hamilton was the first cowboy to cover the bull this season in Round 1. He had an 87.5–point ride to tie J.B. Mauney for the win. Dustin Boquet has the same bull that led Mauney to the pay window on opening night. He’ll matchup with Painted Pony Championship Rodeo’s Cocktail Diarrhea. The bull has bucked off more than half of the cowboys who have tried their hand at him this season.
Record times and scores for the sixth round of the Wrangler NFR:
Bareback riding: 90.5 points, Cimmaron Gerke, 2004; Kaycee Field, 2008
Steer wrestling: 3.0 seconds, Bryan Fields, 1986
Team roping: 3.5 seconds, Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 2011;
Colby Lovell/Russell Cardoza, 2012
Saddle bronc riding: 89.5 points, Ryder Wright, 2020
Tie-down roping: 6.8 seconds, Haven Meged, 2016
Barrel racing: 13.37 seconds, Taylor Jacob, 2011
Bull riding: 94 points, Jerome Davis, 1996
Courtesy of PRCA