Fields goes 3 for 3 at IFR

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Steer wrestler Ronnie Fields has won at least a share of the title during all three go-rounds so far at IFR 45 and leads the average heading to the final round. (PHOTO BY LACEY STEVENS, RODEO NEWS)
Steer wrestler Ronnie Fields has won at least a share of the title during all three go-rounds so far at IFR 45 and leads the average heading to the final round. (PHOTO BY LACEY STEVENS, RODEO NEWS)


OKLAHOMA CITY – Ronnie Fields picked himself off the Jim Norick State Fair Arena dirt, dusted his jeans and shook his head.

International Finals Rodeo 45 has been that good to the Oklahoma City steer wrestler. He has earned at least a share of the title in all three go-rounds so far. On Saturday night, he scored the fastest run of this weekend’s championship, a 3.3 that was worth another $1,792 check.

In all, the three-time International Professional Rodeo Association world champion has earned more than $4,900 in two days of work. He leads the IFR average race with a three-run cumulative time of 11.2 seconds. That works out to be $440 per each second of competition.

“I’ve been fortunate at every finals I’ve ever been to,” said Fields, 41. “I’ve never won three rows in a round like this, but I cannot give enough glory to my horse.”

Bump is a 15-year-old bay gelding that not only helped Fields qualify for the IFR, but he also guided David Reagor of Okmulgee, Okla., to the rookie-of-the-year title and his first trip to Oklahoma City’s championship.

Standings leader Cody Mousseau of Aylmer, Ontario, also has ridden the strong horse in Rounds 2 and 3 after struggling on opening night. Mousseau has earned more than $2,600 because of that.

“All the credit goes to God and to that horse,” Fields said. “I thank god for letting me have a horse of that caliber and him staying healthy and performing on a daily basis like he does.”

The Oklahoma cowboy spends most of his time working in the oil industry but still enjoys the rodeo trail on a part-time basis.

“I don’t get to practice as much as I used to,” he said. “My practice is more mental. Maybe I should have gone to that sooner, but I’m just thankful I’m healthy.”

Of course, he hasn’t earned all that money at the IFR without his body taking a few hits; such is the life of a steer wrestler. In fact, he took a shot during Saturday night’s run.

“I couldn’t believe that steer stopped the way he did, because he didn’t stop the two times before,” Fields said. “He popped up and hit me in the chin and my lip.”

He will recover just fine for Sunday’s final go-round of the IFR, which is sponsored by Love’s Country Store, RAM Trucks, Tener’s, Graham’s, Oxbow Tack, OG&E, Langston’s, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Harrison Manufacturing. He’d love to win another round, but the average championship is also on his mind.

“You just take the runs the best you can and make the best of it,” he said.

International Finals Rodeo
Jim Norick State Fair Arena
Third Go-Round
Jan. 16, 2015

Bareback riding: 1. Trey Moore, 81.75 points on 5M Rodeo’s Indian Feather, $1,750; 2. Billy Griffin, 80, $1,344; 3. Justin Mark Kreder, 79, $896; 4. (tie) Shawn Minor and Pascal Isabelle, 78.5, $224 each. Average leaders: 1. Justin Mark Kreder, 235.5 points on two rides; 2. Spur Lacasse, 232.25; 3. Shawn Minor, 230.25; 4. Billy Griffin, 230.5.

Steer wrestling: 1. Ronnie Fields, 3.3 seconds, $1,792; 2. Cody Mousseau, 3.5, $1,344; 3. (tie) Tim Kemp and Jacob Dewetering, 4.2, $672. Average leaders: 1. Ronnie Fields, 11.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Jacob Dewetering, 13.0; 3. Cody Mousseau, 13.1; 4. Tim Kemp, 14.0.

Team roping: 1. Jacob Dagenhart/Zack Mabry, 4.3 seconds, $1,792; 2. Chris Chandler/Cooper Bruce, 5.3, $1,344; 3. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 5.4, $896; 4. Jesse Stipes/Casey Stipes, 5.9, $448. Average leaders: 1. Cody Mousseau/Tyler Kidd, 20.6 seconds on two runs; 2. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 22.9; 3. J.D. Young/Alex Brooks, 25.3; 4. Hadley Deshazo/Jeri Rhine, 38.3.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Shane Hand, 80 points on 5M Rodeo’s Mountain Mall, $1,792; 2. Jet McCoy, 78.5, $1,344; 3. Timmy Matthews, 77.75, $896; 4. Louis Hemart, 75.25. Average leaders: 1. Jet McCoy, 233.25 points on three rides; 2. Shane Hand, 158 points on two rides; 3. Timmy Matthews, 146.25; 4. Travis Deal, 144.25.

Tie-down roping: 1. Mitch Rinehart, 8.7 seconds, $1,792; 2. (tie) Trenton and Ethan Hill, 8.8, $1,120 each; 4. Bradley Chance Hays, 9.1, $448. Average leaders: 1. Tyler Milligan, 27.7 seconds on three runs; 2. Ethan Hill, 29.0; 3. Justin Thigpen, 30.1; 4. Cody Mousseau, 30.3.

Breakaway roping: 1. Katie Marie Kimble, 2.4 seconds, $667; 2. Megan Rinehart, 2.6, $500; 3. (tie) Bailey Livengood and Barbara Jimison, 3.0, $250 each. Average leaders: 1. Megan Rinehart, 8.6 seconds on three runs; 2. Samantha Herbert, 9.0; 3. Tina Hamilton, 12.6; 4. Jenna Lee Hays, 18.6.

Barrel racing: 1. Gabrielle Oder, 15.273 seconds, $1,792; 2. Maryse LaBlanc, 15.351, $1,344; 3. Amber Mostoller, 15.488, $896; 4. Natalie Overholt, 15.503, $448. Average leaders: 1. Gabrielle Oder, 46.217 seconds on three runs; 2. Amber Mostoller, 46.380; 3. Natalie Overholt, 46.851; 4. Jessica Gauthier, 46.912.

Bull riding: 1. Garrett Tribble, 87.75 on Rawhide Rodeo’s Jalapeno, $4,479. Average leaders: 1. Garrett Tribble, 172.25 points on two rides; 2. A.J. Vaal, 156.75; 3. Jason Tinsman, 82.75; 4. Weston Quesenberry, 82.


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