The airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a field at approximately 1430 Central time following a loss of engine power. The Private pilot and sole occupant was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot, who received a Private pilots certificate on February 7, 2006, reported to authorities that soon after leveling off at 5500 feet, the engine lost power and then stopped. An engine restart was unsuccessful. During the emergency landing, the airplane rolled through a wire fence while striking several steel posts.