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2012 NFR photos: Four days remain, and the final field is far from set

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Trevor Brazile competes during Day 6 of the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.

2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo: Day 6

Day 6 of the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. Launch slideshow »
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Day 6 of the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.

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Day 6 of the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.

Utah cowboy Kaycee Feild shared 2nd place with three others Tuesday night at the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center, and it was good enough to keep him $38,000 ahead in the lead over three-time world champion Will Lowe. The 25-year-old bareback rider from Payson, Utah, also topped $1 million in career earnings last night, joining an elite group of pro-rodeo stars.

It was a record-setting crowd for the sixth round with 17,375 on hand at our UNLV arena. With only four nights of performances remaining before Saturday’s finals, most of the race outcomes are far from clear. As one veteran said: “It’s a very muddled field at this moment.”

The good-feeling moment of the night was captured in just 4 seconds when 34-year-old Les Shepperson from Wyoming wrestled his steer. His father Frank won the gold-buckle world championship in 1975, and Les is hoping that his $16,343 win last night will pay off at the finals.

“It’s been my whole life’s goal growing up,” he exclaimed. “It would mean everything. My father won before I was born, but he’s shared the stories, and I’ve seen the photos and old videos.” Les started the rodeo in 11th place but now as the favorite leads the field by 25 seconds.

Our thanks for all the ringside action photos and excitement seen through the lens of contributing photographer Tom Donoghue, and be sure to check out the 2012 NFR reports from our Las Vegas Sun colleagues.

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