RENO, Nev. - The famed Reno Rodeo will come to a close Sunday and will kick-start the long 4th of July rodeo week known for the many lucrative rodeos. 

Kaycee Feild, the son of Hall of Famer Lewis Feild, leads the bareback riding after two rounds at Reno. He totals 168 points.

"It's been good so far. I had a horse in the first round that I never heard of or seen," he said.  "He kind of unexpectedly turned out backwards and then bucked really hard right in front of the judges and let me show my style."

Feild says that he has had a lot of success at Reno in his short career.

"Every year that I go to Reno, I always do well," he said. "It starts my Fourth off with a positive attitude and everything seems to keep flowing for me."

There are a few Northwest contestants sitting pretty high in the go- rounds at Reno with a chance at the big money Sunday and the famous trophy spurs they award to the champions.

B.J. Campbell from Benton City, Wash., leads the steer wrestling with a two-round time of 8.4 seconds. Campbell, who won the Reno all-around in 2006, turned in a quick time of 3.8 seconds in the second round. Brandon Christenson, of Hermiston, is sixth in the average with a two-round time of 10.5 seconds.

Jake Stanley, also of Hermiston, and his partner Justin Davis, of Cottonwood, Calif., lead the second round of team roping with a time of 5.1 seconds.

Another tradition around the Reno Rodeo is the popular Bob Feist Team Roping Classic. This year, Texans Caleb Mitchell and Ryan Motes roped their way to the title - winning the 32nd edition for $149,410 in the richest one-day open roping. In all, there was more than $700,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

"This is something I've wanted to do since I was young," said Mitchell, from Charlotte, Texas. "I grew up in a trailer park roping dummies. I didn't get my first horse until I was a 16-year-old high school sophomore. This is the greatest day in my career. Hopefully, it's just the beginning and not the end."

Mitchell, 26, and Motes, 28, stopped the clock six times in 45.49 seconds. 

Motes is the son of 1977 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Champion Team Roper and 1981 BFI Titlist David Motes, who won the roping when Ryan was just a baby.

"This win will help him his whole career," said David Motes. "This is worth a lot of confidence to Ryan, and it's more exciting for me than if I won the roping."

Corey finds second career in coffee: Clint Corey loves his coffee. The 1991 world champion bareback rider is a partner in the American Cowboy Coffee Company.

"It's been out a little more than a year now and we've been doing pretty well with it,"  he said.  "We've sold a lot of coffee and we're really excited about how things are going."

Corey said the idea came through a friend, who knew someone in Hawaii that had some coffee plantations.

"He said he wanted to start selling this coffee for him and that he wanted to market it through the PRCA and PBR," Corey said.

Corey said their plan is working and they have been successful with their marketing plans.

"We've been really busy and have gone to a lot of different venues through the PBR and PRCA," he said. " We're the Official Coffee of the PRCA and we were at the National Finals last year."

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Butch Thurman has covered professional rodeo for 29 years. His e-mail address is butch@rodeosportsupdate.com

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