ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Sage Kimzey and Cody Campbell both took a huge step Saturday night at the Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale.
The two men shared the title in Ellensburg after both rode for 170.5 points on two head. Kanin Asay, who finished third in the average with 152.5 points, was the only other rider to navigate a loaded pen of bulls and manage to stay on two.
For Kimzey, who entered the week $15,292 behind world standings leader J.W. Harris, winning the second round with an 87-point ride on Corey and Lange Rodeo’s Wild Eyes and splitting the average title was a huge boost.
“A win like this is always big for confidence, and success breeds success,” said the 20-year-old Kimzey, who earned a total of $15,052. “I’m not too worried about the world standings because there’s so much money to be won at the NFR.
“Wild Eyes is an awesome bull. I had never ridden him, but saw him at the NFR last year. He bucks really hard, and if you stub your toe, you’re getting thrown, but if you do your job you’ll get a lot of points.”
The split of the average win in Ellensburg was huge for Campbell as well. The 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier entered the weekend 28th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings.
After collecting a total of $14,206, Campbell should move into the top 20 of the world standings and keep his dream of a second-straight trip to Las Vegas very much alive.
“I’ve missed the last few months after breaking my ankle in Reno (Nev.), and I haven’t been able to go as much as I wanted to,” said Campbell, who rode Western Rodeo’s Bad Blake for 85.5 points in the short go. “I’m happy to get back rolling and get a win under my belt and get a push back toward the Finals.”
It was Campbell’s first Xtreme Bulls Division 1 title. He came close in Reno in June, finishing second at the event.
“It feels great, especially to do it here at the finale,” he said. “It was spectacular. The crowd was a packed house and you can’t ask for better fans than they have here in Ellensburg.”
While Kimzey and Campbell split the title Saturday night, Harris finally grabbed one of the few titles that had eluded him in his brilliant nine-year career.
Harris has won four gold buckles and two Wrangler National Finals Rodeo average titles, but until 2014, he had never won an Xtreme Bulls season championship.
“It’s about time,” Harris said. “It’s something that I’ve wanted to do ever since I bought my PRCA card, and I’ve been close several times and couldn’t ever get it done. I just didn’t ride good enough at Xtreme Bulls events in the past, that’s all that it boils down to.”
Harris was more than good enough to win the 2014 Xtreme Bulls title, as he won an event in Rapid City, S.D., in February and never looked back.
He finishes with $47,726, which is $7,179 clear of second-place Kimzey in the final Xtreme Bulls standings.
Harris, who’s just about done it all in rodeo, says winning this championship is right up there at the top of his list.
“It’s probably right there in the top three of accomplishments, behind winning the world and average at the NFR,” Harris said of the Xtreme Bulls title. “I really wanted this, and it was one of my goals this year. Come hell or high water, I wanted to be the Xtreme Bulls champion. I’ve been trying to win it for eight years, which was way too long.”
Courtesy of PRCA