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Lewis Field, a five-time world rodeo champion, passed away from pancreatic cancer on Monday (Feb. 15).
He was inducted into the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Hall of Fame in 1992 after winning three all-around titles and two bareback titles.
He passed his talent down to his son, Kaycee, who is a record-setting four-time world bareback champion.
Feild competed attended Utah valley State College on a full redeo scholarship and qualified for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Finals three years in a row for saddle bronc riding, bareback riding and team roping!
According to KXLF News, he was the first roughstock cowboy to surpass $1 million in career earnings. Only two cowboys have earned higher than him.
The McEntire family is also pretty well-known in the rodeo world; Reba herself was a barrel racer. Reba's sister, Susie, shared a photo of Field and his wife on Facebook and offered her condolences.
"RIP Lewis Field," she wrote. "Our prayers are with your good family today."
RIP Lewis Field. Our prayers are with your good family today.
Feild and Danny Brady, a six-time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo, traveled together for eight years and had lots to say about his friend.
"He was just one hell of a man," Brady said. "I hold him up there with my own dad, with the respect that I have for him. I was very fortunate to get to travel with him because he was such a positive influence on me in everything from riding bucking horses to being an example to me in just about everything we came in contact with."
He is survived by his wife, Veronica, two sons, Shad and Kaycee, daughter, Maclee, and seven grandchildren.
The family has founded the foundation Buck Cancer, which raises awareness and funds for cowboys and families battling pancreatic cancer.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Field family during this time.