Weekend Highlights, Aug. 25-Sept. 1

by | Sep 02, 2014

  • Brazile watch: Trevor Brazile earned checks at two rodeos over the weekend, where he made money in all three of his events. Brazile won the all-around at the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, while he and team roping partner Travis Graves also won the first round with a time of 5.7 seconds. Brazile placed in the second round and was third in the average in steer roping in Ellensburg, which helped him to a total of $4,380 at the rodeo. The Decatur, Texas, cowboy stayed in the state of Washington for his other checks of the weekend, winning the all-around in Walla Walla as well. Brazile won the second round of the steer roping at the Walla Walla Frontier Days, good for another $954, and split fourth in the tie-down roping average. Brazile now leads the all-around standings with $220,099. He rose one spot to second among team roping headers, while falling a spot to fourth in the tie-down roping standings. He remained second in steer roping.
  • In addition to having his huge weekend at the Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale, rookie bull rider Sage Kimzey also put his name in the record books. The 20-year-old’s large haul in Ellensburg put him at $122,269 in total money for 2014, which breaks Steve Woolsey’s rookie bull riding record of $113,090 in regular-season earnings. Woolsey set the record in 2005, and went on to earn a total of $197,646 after having a big showing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Kimzey now will have a great shot at that record – which is a rookie record for any event – as he continues to ride the last month of the regular season and into his first WNFR this December.
  • Saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell hit the road hard over the weekend, earning four checks in three different states – including three wins. Sundell, who entered the weekend fifth in the world standings, grabbed the biggest of his four checks by winning the Dayton (Iowa) Championship Rodeo with an 85-point ride on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Fire Bomb. He also collected victories at the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo in Vinita, Okla., and the Pine City (Minn.) Championship PRCA Rodeo. Sundell split third with Ty Atchison at the Elk City (Okla.) Rodeo of Champions. In all, the Boxholm, Iowa, cowboy earned $6,076 for the weekend as he tries to put himself in position for a run at his first world title in December.
  • Another saddle bronc rider who did well for himself was Canadian Rylan Geiger. The Bracken, Saskatchewan, cowboy entered the weekend 21st in the world standings and won two rodeos in his home country. Geiger was tops at the IPE & Stampede in Armstrong, British Columbia, on the strength of an 87-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Timely Delivery, earning $3,858. He then went to a different province and won again, this time at the Okotoks (Alberta) ProRodeo, where he was 83 points and earned another $1,558. Geiger moved up one spot to 20th in the world standings, but closed the gap between he and 15th-place Cody DeMoss to less than $12,000 as he chases his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo appearance.
  • Steer wrestler Kyle Irwin came into the weekend in the one spot no cowboy wants to end the season – 16th in the world standings. The Robertsdale, Ala., native picked up two wins which allowed him to move up to 15th in the Sept. 2 standings as he hopes to qualify for his first WNFR. Irwin won Montana’s Biggest Weekend in Dillon with a blazing-fast time of 3.1 seconds, earning $2,313. He then won the Magic Valley Stampede in Filer, Idaho, with a 3.8-second run, which was good for another $2,270.

Courtesy of PRCA