Lewis Feild (October 28, 1956 – February 15, 2016) was an American former rodeo cowboy and world champion. Feild competed on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) circuit. He was the World All-Around Cowboy Champion in 1985-87 at the National Finals Rodeo (NFR). He was also the World Bareback Riding Champion from 1985-1986. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame inducted him in 1992 in the all-around category.
He was born on October 28, 1956 to Keith and True Feild in Peoa, Utah. He was of British and Scandinavian descent. Feild was raised near Peoa in the Kamas Valley, where Feild saw his first rodeo. "It was the most exciting thing I had ever seen, to watch those cowboys stay on those broncs. It was love at first sight," said Feild. Feild started riding calves after that, which he did at his parent's ranch in Peoa. It was in Ogden at the Golden Spike Rodeo where he rode his first bucking horse. "It was a junior rodeo and it was not a full-sized horse, but it bucked and I stayed on. They gave me a buckle for an award ... first thing I ever won."
When he grew older, he attended college. With the assistance of an intercollegiate rodeo scholarship, he attended Utah Valley Community College, now known as Utah Valley University, and Weber State University. At Utah Valley University, he qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo three times. He also earned three National Finals appearances. Then, in 1980, with some assistance from friends, he turned professional.
Feild competed on the PRCA rodeo circuit throughout his professional rodeo career. He was the World All-Around Cowboy Champion in 1985-87, and the World Bareback Riding Champion in 1985-86 at the NFR. He won the NFR All-Around Average in 1986-88. He won the NFR Average in Bareback Riding in 1984 and 1986. Feild became the first rough-stock cowboy since Larry Mahan to earn World All-Around titles since 1973. In 1980, he was the PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year.
In the years 1981, 1988, and 1991, Feild won the Linderman Award. This award is given to the cowboy who works both ends of the arena (this means timed events on one side and rough-stock on the other side) and has the highest earnings. Feild was also an established team roper.
In 1987, Feild took the record for single-season earnings in the bareback bronc event to $114,657. In that same year, he also set a new single rodeo earnings record of $75,219. He held the record for single-season arena earnings until 1986 until Ty Murray set a new record of $213,771. In 1990, Feild was the first rough-stock contestant to win more than $1 million in his career in the PRCA. He was the third cowboy to do it at any level. Tom Ferguson did it first and Roy Cooper did it second.
According to many personnel, Feild was a staple at the Ogden Pioneer Days rodeo in Ogden, Utah, for as long as they can remember. The committee made him the focus of an opening act which lasted around 10 years up until his death. He was such an icon to the rodeo that it inducted him into its Utah Cowboy Hall of Fame. It also recognized him as the Utah County honoree for the National Day of the American Cowboy. Each of these two honors were awarded to Feild inaugurally in Ogden.
"Someday, when rodeo people look back at what I've done, I'd like them to say these things: that I rode tough; I could ride with pain and courage; that I was a fierce competitor in the arena, but a quiet, respectable man outside the gate. I just want to be remembered as a cowboy," said the soft-spoken champion. "That probably says it all."
Death and legacy
Feild died of pancreatic cancer on February 15, 2016, in Elk Ridge, Utah at the age of 59 after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. His son Kaycee Feild won four World Bareback Bronc Champion titles at the NFR from 2011 to 2014.
- 1980 Bareback Riding Rookie of the Year
- 1981, 88 Linderman Award
- 1986-88 NFR World All-Around Cowboy Average title
- 1984, 86 NFR World Bareback Riding Average title
- 1985-87 NFR World All-Around Cowboy Champion
- 1985-86 NFR World Bareback Riding Champion
- 1992 ProRodeo Hall of Fame
- 1997 Utah Sports Hall of Fame, 2nd inducted after Earl Bascom
- 2012 Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
- 2015 Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame
- 2017 Molalla Walk of Fame
- The Lewis Feild Bareback Riding Award is administered by the Utah Sports Commission.
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