By Tracy Renck
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – It seems like everywhere bull rider Sage Kimzey has gone in his career victories follow.
The Strong City, Okla., cowboy won the Calgary Stampede for the third time on July 14. The Stampede is unsanctioned by the PRCA.
Kimzey, who has won five consecutive PRCA world championships, earned $100,000 when he won the four-man showdown with a 92.5-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Night Moves.
“That win was huge,” said Kimzey, 24. “The atmosphere was great. It’s one thing for everybody in a small- to medium-sized town to get behind a rodeo, but Calgary has over a million people and everything shuts down for the rodeo. It is just really cool to win it again.”
Kimzey is the first bull rider to win the Stampede’s $100,000 title three times since event organizers increased the payout in 2006.
In the four-man showdown, Kimzey faced off against the PBR’s Jess Lockwood, Jose Vitor Leme and Jared Parsonage, a PRCA member who is leading the standings in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association.
“As bull riders, our job is just to stay on, and that was my mindset,” said Kimzey, who is atop the PRCA | RAM World Standings. “It’s not like we can take one extra swing and safety-up. I won (the Calgary Stampede) on Night Moves in 2017. He threw me off (in 2016) at the Calgary Stampede, and I was second on him (in Round 3 of the 2016 WNFR). Bulls can have different trips, but they feel similar and I was able to get him rode again. It was pretty special for sure.”
Kimzey also won the Calgary Stampede in 2015 and 2017.
Courtesy of PRCA