by Jim Bainbridge | Aug 21, 2014
BREMERTON, Wash. – The ‘slump’ appears to be over.
Winless in a month since capturing the Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo in Casper, rookie bull rider Sage Kimzey reinvigorated his world title bid on Aug. 20 with a big night at the Kitsap Stampede Xtreme Bulls Tour event in Thunderbird Arena.
Kimzey, who turns 20 on Aug. 26, was the only man to cover both his bulls, finishing the night with 164.5 points on two head and total earnings of $2,977.
He tied for sixth place in the long go with a 79-point score and then won the short round by riding Growney Brothers’ Shin Bone Alley for 85.5 points.
Chandler Bownds won the first round by riding Thug Life of the Growney Brothers’ string for 86 points and that stood up to allow Bownds to finish second in the average.
The win pushed Kimzey’s season earnings to $106,132, a bit more than $15,000 behind four-time World Champion J.W. Harris in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings as he bids to become the second rookie in history to earn a bull riding gold buckle.
Bill Kornell managed the feat in 1963.
Kimzey is also taking aim at the rookie earnings records – both regular season and end-of-year – set by fellow bull rider Steve Woolsey in 2005.
Courtesy of PRCA