Feild passed away from pancreatic cancer in Feb. 2016, but his accomplishments in the rodeo arena will never be erased from the record books.
The PRCA Rookie of the Year in 1980, Feild was the first roughstock cowboy since Larry Mahan in 1973 to earn a World All-Around Title. He won three of them consecutively (1985, 1986 and 1987), in addition to two world bareback riding crowns (1985 and 1986).
In 1990, Feild became the first roughstock cowboy to win $1 million in career earnings before retiring in 1991. He was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1992.
He is also a three-time winner of the Linderman Award, which is given to the cowboy who earns the most money competing on both ends of the arena (timed events on one side and rough-stock on the other side).
Not that you’d ever know any of this just by talking to him.
“When I look back at my dad, the greatest attribute was his humility,” Feild’s son, Shadrach, said on Ride TV. “You’d never know his accomplishments. And if there’s something that I could emulate in my life from him, it’s that. He was a good man.”
The day before Feild passed away, his son Kaycee, a four-time world champion bareback rider himself, posted a photo of his father on horseback to his Instagram page.
“What an amazing day!” the caption reads. “Got my dad (on) horseback and he did not want to get off!”
The man who wanted to be remembered as a cowboy was cowboying up right to the very end.
--source: ProRodeo Hall of Fame: In 1985 Lewis Feild earned his first all-around world title, the first roughstock cowboy to do so since Larry Mahan in 1973. A PRCA member since 1980, Feild won three straight world all-around titles, as well as two world bareback riding crowns. In 1990, he became the first roughstock contestant to earn $1 million in career earnings. Because of his prowess in both the roughstock and timed events, he won the distinguished Linderman Award three times, 1981, 1988 and 1991. He also was PRCA Rookie of the Year in 1980. Born Oct. 28, 1956, the Utah cowboy started his rodeo career as a youngster. He competed in the National High School Rodeo Association, qualifying for the Finals three times. Feild attended Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah, on a full rodeo scholarship and qualified for the National Intercollegiate Finals three years in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding and team roping. Since retiring from competitive rodeo in 1991, Feild is working as a pickup man, as well as coaching the rodeo team for his alma mater, Utah Valley State. He lives in Elk Ridge, Utah. He once said, “Someday, when rodeo people look back at what I’ve done, I’d like them to say these things: that I rode tough; that I could ride with pain and courage; that I was a fierce competitor in the arena, but a quiet, respectable man outside the gate. I just want to be remembered as a cowboy. That probably says it all.”