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Kimzey comes up big at Redding WCC event

REDDING, Calif. – Sage Kimzey’s 2014 rookie season was one for the ages.

The Strong City, Okla., cowboy capped his amazing campaign with a bull riding gold buckle after winning $318,631.

This year, he hasn’t missed a beat.

Kimzey has been atop the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings most of the season, and remained there after he won the May 16 Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, with an 84-point ride on Growney Brothers Rodeo Company’s Mr. Big.

“I had been on him before at Puyallup (Wash.) last year, but he bucked me off,” Kimzey said of Mr. Big. “He’s a good bull, and he usually is out to the left, and that’s kind of what I was expecting, but bucking bulls are animals, and they have a mind of their own. He actually went to the right, and was a good bull to get on.”

Kimzey, 20, who has $59,966­­­­­ in the May 18 standings, stayed in the No. 1 position after collecting a $5,440 check at the Redding WCC.

“This year has been awesome,” Kimzey said. “I haven’t gone to as many rodeos and it’s kept me real fresh for the ones I’ve been to. Last year, I got on over 300 head of bulls, and it definitely took a toll on my body. This year, I’m just picking and choosing the (rodeos) I’m going to, and it’s really working out.”

Although Kimzey has had immense success the last 18 months, he hasn’t quenched his thirst at all.

“I’m taking care of myself and getting ready for the summer run,” Kimzey said. “I’m craving bull riding like I’ve never craved the sport before. I have a fire inside me, and it can’t be matched as far as my motivation to ride bulls right now.”

Other winners at the $123,600 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($1,280 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Seth Hardwick (87.5 points on Growney Brothers Rodeo’s Raggidy Ann), steer wrestler Ty Erickson (4.4 seconds), team ropers Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill (5.2 seconds), saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss (86.5 points on Big Stone, Moreno & Growney Rodeo’s Big Muddy), tie-down roper Matt Shiozawa (7.8 seconds) and barrel racers Nancy Hunter and Meghan Johnson (17.50 seconds each).

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