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Kaycee Feild of Spanish Fork, will have plenty of competition this week and he leads a group of 11 Utahns competing in the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which starts here Thursday night.


Terrebonne’s Austin Foss, Culver’s Bobby Mote and Redmond’s Steven Peebles are am ong the bareback qualifiers for the National Finals Rodeo, which kicks off its 10-night run Thursday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Santaquin’s Wesley Silcox (bull riding), Randlett’s Joe Frost (bull riding), Tremonton’s Baylor Roche (steer wrestling), Neola’s Nancy Hunter (barrel racing), Richfield’s Vickie Carter (barrel racing), Beaver’s CoBurn Bradshaw (saddle bronc) and three members of the famous saddle bronc-riding family from Milford — Spencer, Jake and Rusty Wright.

Feild’s quest for another world title is one of the top story lines of this year’s National Finals. Feild enters the finals ranked No. 1 with 2015 earnings of $118,146 and a lead of nearly $20,000 over the No. 2-ranked Foss ($98,741). That may seem like a comfortable margin, but with a record total prize purse — $10 million, up from $6.375 million last year — no lead may be safe.

After undergoing surgery for a torn labrum on March 31, he was sidelined for three months. Once Feild returned from injury, however, he was nearly unstoppable. He won major rodeos at Puyallup (Wash.), Cody (Wyo.), Nampa (Idaho) and Spanish Fork.

Five times National Finals Rodeo qualifier, Travis Graves, will be competing in the 2015 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas December 3-12. Graves, who resides in Morgan Mill, Texas, but claims his hometown as Jay, Oklahoma, sits in the fourth slot coming into this years competition.

There has another big one, Rusty Wright who is also well-positioned to win a world championship. He is second in the season saddle bronc standings, just $3,400 behind front-running Cody DeMoss of Heflin, La.

Foss, 23, will be making his third finals appearance. The 23-years-old won two rounds and placed in the money (top six) in four other rounds to finish fifth in the average standings and second in the world with 2015 winnings of $201,025 in 2015 NFR.

Peebles, 26, is making his seventh straight NFR appearance. Last year, he entered the finals ranked No. 2 in the world standings, then won Round 2 to keep the pressure on the front-running Feild. But during the next night’s performance, Peebles suffered a compression fracture in his back and was sidelined for the remainder of the rodeo.

Wright, who turned 20 two weeks ago, has amassed earnings of $115,986 this season after winning at San Antonio, Canby (Ore.), Logandale (Nev.) and the Days of ’47 in Salt Lake City.

Trevor Knowles, 35, is making his 12th consecutive NFR appearance and ranks No. 10 in the world steer wrestling standings with earnings of $71,128. He also competes in tie-down roping and this past June was the all-around champion at the Sisters Rodeo.

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