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Strong City bullrider nets title
On July 22, Sage Steele Kimzey edged out the other top cowboys in the Championship Bull Riding at the association’s finals held in Cheyenne, Wyoming. At the rodeo Kimzey says was accurately coined the “Daddy of them all,” he successfully rode all five bulls, bringing home the title of World Champion with a check for $107,000.
Going into the last day of the competition, Kimzey had hung onto his first four bulls and could only be caught by Benton. As Kimzey prepared to mount his final pull, Benton was bucked off his last ride, officially making Kimzey the winner regardless of his next showing.
“It was kind of a mixed emotions moment. I did have a sigh of relief when Trey got bucked off, but I had to get right on my bull. There was really no time to process it,” Kimzey explained.
With a grand tally of 1698, Kimzey left the legendary arena with a little more change in his pocket and a big childhood dream accomplished.
“My dad had brought up his motorhome and we stayed up and told stories until 2 a.m.,” Kimzey recounted.”I still don’t know that it has fully sunk in, but I know it will. I’ve dreamed of this since I was a kid. I know many people don’t get the chance to chase something like this.”
Although the CBR’s season ended on July 22 and the next won’t start until August 28, Kimzey has remained actively rodeoing with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Currently standing second in the world within the PRCA bull riding category with $104,000, Kimzey was injured with a pulled groin on August 5 in Lovington, New Mexico.
The PRCA ends its regular season on September 31 and holds its National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas on December 5-14. While Kimzey says he enjoys rare days off at his Strong City family ranch, he is eager to be back on the road, figuratively and literally.
At 19 years old, the Cheyenne High School graduate has traveled to every state west of the Mississippi River except Minnesota and Washington this year. Out east, he rode in Florida, Alabama and Tennessee.
“It’s been awesome,” Kimzey gushed. “This rodeo life is the best if you ask me. I get to go experience the world and it just can’t get much better than that.”
NRA Banquet is at 6 p.m. today at Convention Center
Advance tickets for the Elk Creek Friends of the NRA banquet are $25 and $30 at the door on the night of the banquet. Ages 12 and younger will be admitted for $10. Proceed go to fund shooting sports in Oklahoma. For more information, call 243-6332.
Survivors' names needed for Relay
Beckham County Relay For Life organizers will meet at 6 p.m. Monday to tie up loose ends and make final plans for the Aug. 22 relay.