SPANISH FORK, Utah – The last time reigning PRCA world championship bull rider Sage Kimzey climbed aboard Frontier Rodeo’s Good Time Charlie things didn’t end well for him.
The Strong, Okla., cowboy was bucked off almost immediately at the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots May 30 in Spanish Fork.
“He’s a big-time bucking bull with a lot of power and he dang sure manhandled me the first time I got on him,” Kimzey said. “He beat me out of the bucking chute and had me beat from the word go.”
Kimzey exacted a measure of revenge with an 89-point ride on Good Time Charlie to win the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo (July 21-24).
“I had a little bit more of a game plan when I rode him (July 22) and it worked out good,” Kimzey said. “I was really looking forward to the rematch, and I knew if I rode him I would get a big score. He made a big long leap and went left and he’s a really strong bull and he was moving forward the whole time and I had to have my ducks in a row to get him rode.”
Kimzey was thrilled to win for the first time at this Wrangler Million Dollar Tour silver rodeo at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds.
“Last year I pulled my groin at Cheyenne (Wyo.) and I didn’t get to come to this rodeo, and it means a lot to get the win here.” Kimzey said. “It has been a rough two weeks. I haven’t drawn the best bulls and I haven’t rode at the level I like to keep myself at. So, bouncing back with a big win at a tour rodeo like Spanish Fork means the world to me.”
A year ago, Kimzey had a spectacular rookie season.
Kimzey earned $318,631 and ran away with not only the world title, but also the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo average buckle as well as the PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year award, and the RAM Top Gun Truck.
In 2015, he’s proving he was no fluke. Kimzey was leading the July 20 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $80,401.
“At the start of the season, I let the expectations of other people probably affect me a little bit,” said Kinzey, 20. “Then, I just calmed myself down and realized that I hold myself to higher expectations than anybody else in the world. As long as I try hard and I’m happy with my riding that’s all I need to worry about.”
Kimzey acknowledged he’s also not fixated on finishing first in the regular season standings.
“Hopefully I will come into the NFR with the lead, but if not there’s so much money (to be won) at Finals this year,” Kimzey said. “I’m not going to try and go to 125 rodeos this year before the Finals.”
Other winners at the $227,857 rodeo were all-around cowboy Josh Peek ($8,710, tie-down roping and steer wrestling), bareback rider Kaycee Field (88 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Full Throttle), steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack (8.1 seconds on two head), team ropers Joel Bach and Jim Ross Cooper (8.7 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Rusty Wright (88 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Wild Bill), tie-down roper Josh Peek (16.0 seconds on two head), and barrel racer Taylor Jacob (16.86 seconds).
Courtesy of PRCA