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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.
“It was a tight competition from the start,” Kimzey said. “I went into the finals in first place, but was only 75 points ahead of Trey Benton going into the last round.”

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.
Atop Ragin’ JT, Kimzey stayed clutched for the fifth and final time, adding 91 more points to his overall season count.

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.
“I should be cleared to ride again on August 19,” Kimzey said. “This shouldn’t set me back much in the standings, but it still isn’t fun standing on the sidelines.”

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.”
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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.

The group plans to meet at Lupe’s but will confirm location later this week. Call Jeanna Casebeer at 243-7525 for reservations.
Beckham County Relay for Life wants to honor all area cancer survivors at their annual relay at Elk City Civic Center. Dinner will be served to survivors at 6 p.m., in the civic center dining room. Please call Carol at 243-8253 to reserve a survivor shirt and claim a seat at the survivor dinner.
The survivor meal will be followed by the survivors walk at 7 p.m.

Teams will relay until 2 a.m. Aug. 23.
This year’s theme “There’s No Place Like Hope,” is taken from the Wizard of Oz.

A live auction will be held at 8 p.m. followed by the luminaria ceremony at 10 p.m.
Small bags with lit candles can be purchased in honor or memory of anyone who has battled cancer or their caregivers. The names of the honorees are written on the outside of the bags and serve as a reminder of the fight against cancer. Luminarias cost is $5 each.

There will be entertainment throughout the night. Numerous activities and games will be offered for children and adults. Awards are given for best campsite, team spirit, team raising the most money and individual raising the most money.


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