Calgary Stampede’s Shadow Warrior brightened up the night for bareback rider Kaycee Field at the National Finals Rodeo Wednesday night.
(Photo by Mike Copeman. Kaycee Field and Calgary Stampede horse S-65 Shadow Warrior teamed up to win round seven of bareback event at National Finals Rodeo on Wednesday, December 11, 2013)
Kaycee is a two-time defending world champion, gunning for a third championship and to tie the record for three consecutive world titles – a feat hasn’t been done since the mid-1970s. But in the first six rounds of NFR action in Las Vegas, his rides hadn’t been doing much to help his cause.
That all changed in round seven when Kaycee drew S-65 Shadow Warrior, a feisty stallion born to many-time CFR and NFR qualifying mare F-51 Fearless Warrior and legendary bareback horse Grated Coconut – the holder of a record six world championship and six Canadian championship titles.
Shadow Warrior has qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo three times and this is his first visit to the NFR. He lived up to his champion bloodlines and own reputation as a smart, tough horse on Wednesday night. He burst from the chutes with a powerful and difficult bucking performance. Kaycee was on top of his game as well, and together the pairing scored an 83. That was enough to win the round and put the cowboy back on top of the world standings with three more rounds to go.
Read a bit more about the ride and what it means in Kaycee’s bid for a third consecutive championship in this article.