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Kimzey wins Ellensburg, Wash., Xtreme Bulls

by Scott Kaniewski | Sep 02, 2018

ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Nearly a week after turning 24, four-time defending world champion bull rider Sage Kimzey found another reason to celebrate his birthday.

The Strong City, Okla., cowboy who turned 24 on Aug. 26, is looking for his fifth consecutive world title, and Saturday night might have contributed to that.

Kimzey won the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale on Saturday night, as the only bull rider to cover two bulls. That helped him take home $33,323.

The win also gave Kimzey his third Xtreme Bulls title and seventh Xtreme Bulls event win. He trails only Matt Austin’s eight for the most Xtreme Bulls wins. 

On Saturday, Kimzey finished with 166 points on two head.

Afterward, Kimzey’s girlfriend surprised him with a birthday cake in front of all 40 bull riders from the Xtreme Bulls and the Ellensburg committee in a tour celebration put on by the committee.

“It was good, for sure,” Kimzey said. “My girlfriend said, ‘It would’ve been awkward to celebrate if you’d been in a bad mood.’”

Kimzey had no reason to be in a bad mood, though his night did start inauspiciously, as he tied for eighth with Dustin Boquet in the first round. That earned each of them $423. After that, the money flowed to Kimzey. His 87.5-point ride on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Double Down in the finals was worth $18,800. Winning the average netted him another $14,400.

He entered the event leading the Xtreme Bulls standings with $46,473. His lead over second-place Parker Breding was slightly less than $8,000.

More important than that lead was his PRCA | RAM World Standings lead. Entering Saturday night, Kimzey had built his season earnings to $236,806. He led Breding, his closest competitor by more than $70,000.

“This is one of the last game changers of the season for us,” Kimzey said. “There are only a few big huge payoffs left coming down in the last month of the season. It’s definitely an event that can make or break a season. It plays a big key in the race for a world title. So anytime there’s that kind of money up, you try a little harder.”

The event in Ellensburg paid out a total of $94,000. Riker Carter and Elliot Jacoby split the first-round win with 86 points each. That earned them $7,473 for the round and another $9,400 apiece for tying for second in the average.

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