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World champion bull rider makes qualified ride on rarely-ridden bull

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Bull Riding Sage Kimzey Abilene Rodeo - Photo by Fly Thomas 8-1-18

TWO FOR TWO

World champion bull rider makes qualified ride on rarely-ridden bull

Abilene, Kans. August 1, 2018  – The champion of the bull riding world came to Abilene, and did what he does best: makes eight second rides.

And Sage Kimzey makes it look so easy.

The four-time PRCA bull riding champion is in the lead after the first night of competition at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene, Kan.

He scored a 90.5 point ride on Andrews Rodeo Co.’s Thunder Rolls, a bull that has only been ridden one other time prior to the night, and the rider who rode him the first time was none other than Kimzey himself, in February at the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo.

Kimzey loves getting on Andrews Rodeo Co. bulls. “I’ve always had pretty good luck with Andrews bulls,” he said. “They buck hard and that’s the kind I like.” Thunder Rolls, a four-year-old bull that Sammy Andrews and his son James raised, is a favorite of Kimzey’s. “He’s one of my favorite bulls going right now. He’s an honest bull and he bucks really hard. He’s one cowboys dream about.” Approximately thirty cowboys have attempted to make an eight second ride on the bull.

Kimzey, who grew up in Strong City, Okla. but now lives in Salado, Texas, is leading the PRCA world standings, with more than $206,000 won this year. He has a $70,000 lead over the number two man, Parker Breding of Edgar, Montana, and winning never gets old. “There’s not a better feeling in the world than stepping off (a bull) with a wild crowd, and being ninety (points) and hearing everybody cheer for you. The world stands still.”

Kimzey’s older sister, Dusta, a barrel racer and trick rider, competed in slack on Wednesday morning and performed with her trick riding and miniature horse acts during the rodeo. Kimzey’s younger brother Trey, also a bull rider, rode on Wednesday night.

The Wednesday night show at the Abilene rodeo consists of just three events: bull riding, saddle bronc riding, and barrel racing, and two men jumped to the lead in the saddle bronc riding.

Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla., and Kash Deal, Dupree, S.D., both scored 82.5 points to set the bar.

Braden rode New Frontier Rodeo’s horse Satin Sheets, a horse he was familiar with. “I love that horse,” he said. “That horse has been around for quite a while.” He rode her in college rodeo while competing for Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Okla., and again in Bennington, Kansas, several months ago, scoring 83 points on her in Bennington. “She’s a really great horse. She’ll let you set your feet and she has a lot of timing to her. She’s the one you want to draw.”

Braden, who is 29 years old, qualified for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last year and finished fourth in the world. This year hasn’t been as good. “Last year was phenomenal,” he said. “It seemed like I drew good everywhere I went. This year is the complete opposite. I’ve either drawn middle-of-the-pen horses that are OK but you have no chance to place, or I draw an eliminator.” But he’s keeping a good attitude. “It will turn around. A guy just has to keep going and hope for the best. It’s all a guy can do.”

Deal rode another New Frontier Rodeo Co. horse named Tear Drop. The 23 year old cowboy made his first trip to the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo this year; he is in his second year of PRCA membership.

Other leaders from the morning slack at the Abilene rodeo include steer wrestlers Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah and Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan. (4.5 seconds each); tie-down roper Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan. (8.2 seconds) and team ropers Spencer Mitchell, Orange Cove, Calif. and Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev. (4.3 seconds). In the barrel racing, Kassie Mowry of Dublin, Texas made a 17.44 second run to be the fastest barrel racer so far.

The Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo presented by Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers of Salina continues August 2-4 in Abilene at Eisenhower Park. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children ages 4-10. They can be purchased at the gate. For more information on the rodeo, visit WildBillHickokRodeo.com

Leaders after slack and the 1st performance, August 1, 2018 – Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo – Abilene, Kansas

Steer Wrestling

  1. (tie) Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah and Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan. 4.5 seconds each; 3. Will Lummus, West Point, Miss. 4.9; 4. Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas 5.0.

Saddle Bronc Riding

  1. (tie) Kash Deal, Dupree, S.D. 82.5 points on New Frontier’s Tear Drop, and Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla., 82.5 points on New Frontier’s Satin Sheets; 3. Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas 79.5; 4. Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D. 79.

Tie Down Roping

  1. Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan. 8.2 seconds; 2. Reese Riemer, Stinnett Texas 8.3; 3. Adam Gray Seymour, Texas 8.4; 4. Will Howell, Stillwater, Okla. 8.9.

Team Roping

  1. Spencer Mitchell, Orange Cove, Calif./Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev. 4.3 seconds; 2. Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz./Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan. 4.7; 3. (tie) Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn./Joseph Harrison, Overbrook, Kan. and Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla./Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo. 4.8 each.

Barrel Racing

  1. Kassie Mowry, Dublin, Texas 17.44 seconds; 2. Michelle Darling, Medford, Okla. 17.45; 3. Cheryl Wallace, Broken Bow, Neb. 17.75; 4. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D. 17.76.

Bull Riding

  1. Sage Kimzey, Salado, Texas 90.5 points on Andrews Rodeo Co.’s Thunder Rolls; 2. Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas 85.5; 3. Dakota Rice, Hermosa, S.D. 85; 4. Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah 80.

 

** All results are unofficial.  For complete results, visit www.prorodeo.com.