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Kimzey wins nearly $10K at Fort Mohave X Bulls


FORT MOHAVE, Ariz. – Despite suffering a fractured pelvis less than two months ago, reigning four-time world champion bull rider Sage Kimzey was back in action and going full throttle as he won the Fort Mohave (Ariz.) PRCA Xtreme Bulls event on March 3. 

“I already had an outstanding winter and then after sitting off for a month because of a fractured pelvis, I had to win some money,” Kimzey said. “Getting back into bull riding and winning some money definitely feels good.”

The 23-year-old Oklahoma cowboy had to take five weeks off after being stepped on by a bull on Jan. 5, but the fans in Fort Mohave never would have guessed it as he rode for 171 points on two head. 

Kimzey made an 85-point ride in the first round and returned with an 86 on Honeycutt Rodeo’s Cajun Heat in the final round to win the average and collect a grand total of $9,690.

“The X Bulls are important,” Kimzey said. “Every year I won a bunch of money in the regular season and at the X Bulls, and the two go hand-in-hand. It’s not mandatory to win them, but it’s a big help to go into the X Bulls and have success.” 

Kimzey is fresh off his fourth consecutive world title, and although his mind’s on the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, his real focus is on breaking Donnie Gay’s record for most bull riding world titles. Gay was the bull riding champion eight times (1974-77, 1979-81 and 1984). 

“That’s still the end game,” Kimzey said.

Prior to striking gold at Fort Mohave, Kimzey was sitting at fourth in the 2018 Xtreme Bulls Standings with $16,611 and was leading the 2018 PRCA World Standings with $68,809.

“I’d qualified for the All American Finals, and I haven’t done that in years past because it’s hard to go to that many small rodeos, and that’s where most of my money came from,” Kimzey said. “Then I went to the RAM Texas Circuit Finals and it set the rest of the season up for success.” 

Kimzey won both the All American Finals and the RAM Texas Circuit Finals, and now he’s got another major win for the 2018 season to keep the ball rolling as the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo approaches next month.  

 “I want to keep doing what I’m doing – going to a bunch of rodeos and winning a bunch of money,” Kimzey said. “Every penny counts for sure once you get to Vegas.” 

Trevor Kastner won the first Division 1 Xtreme Bulls event of 2018 at Forth Worth, Texas, on Jan. 17, and Josh Frost won the second Xtreme Bulls event at San Antonio, Texas, on Feb. 24. The next Division 1 Xtreme Bulls event will be held April 27-28 at Del Rio, Texas.

For more coverage of the Fort Mohave Classic PRCA Xtreme Bulls, check out the March 9 edition of ProRodeo Sports News at prorodeo.com.
 
 
 
 
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