Monday Notebook: Sage Kimzey, Lisa Lockhart and Rocker Steiner Off to Big Starts in June
BY BRETT NIERENGARTEN @PRORODEOBRETT
Reno is underway, the Summer Run is on and some fan favorites are already starting to make moves in the World Standings.
- Stetson Wright leads all PRCA bull riders in average score, riding percentage and 90-point rides. Wright is somehow even better than he was last year when he won his second Bull Riding Gold Buckle. In 2023, he is averaging 86.6 points and riding 62 percent of his bulls to go along with eight rides of 90 or more, including a 91-pointer over the weekend to win the Strawberry Days Rodeo (Utah).
- Tie-down roper Shad Mayfield won both rounds and the Average at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo (Nebraska). Mayfield was 7.6 and 7.8 seconds on his two runs and won the Average by more than a second over top-ranked Riley Webb. Mayfield has won at least $1,500 on 6 of his last 10 runs and sits No. 3 in the world.
- Jordon Briggs still leads the WPRA World Standings by more than $20,000 with just nine rodeos so far this year. Her rodeo count is the lowest among any cowgirl in the Top 50. Since the San Angelo Rodeo ended on April 14, Briggs has made just three runs. For the season, she is pulling about $9,700 per rodeo and $3,600 per run. Last year, she entered the NFR No. 1 in the world.
- Tie-down roper Kincade Henry won his second College National Championship in a row. The reigning Resistol Rookie of the Year has found success at both the college and the pro level. After making his first NFR and winning the CNFR in 2022, he repeated as the College National Champion over the weekend with a total time of 35.8 seconds on four.
- Tristen Hutchings won his second College National Championship as well. While his were non-consecutive, coming in 2021 and 2023, it’s still quite the accomplishment for the breakout star of the 2022 NFR. Hutchings was 236 on three head, finishing first or second in the first three rounds.
- Bareback rider Rocker Steiner has already made more than $25,000 in June. The 19-year-old has nine rides of 86 or more and four wins already this month, the biggest check coming from a 90.5-point ride in the Short Round at the Darby Extreme Barebacks. If you took the money Steiner earned in June alone, he would still be ranked in the Top 25 in the PRCA World Standings. With all of his money, he sits comfortably in third.
- Bull rider Sage Kimzey has won more than $30,000 at his last 10 events. Most recently, Kimzey was second at the Reno Xtreme Bulls to make nearly $14,000. In Xtreme Bulls events this season, he has made $12,000 more than the next closest cowboy.
- Lefty Holman has moved up 17 spots in the World Standings since the beginning of May. Holman has gone from No. 31 to No. 14 thanks to big paydays at the Battle of the Best, Back When They Bucked and Battle Born Broncs, the latter of which he won with his first 90-point ride of the season on June 14.
- Lisa Lockhart has placed at all four rodeos she has been to since June 7. The 15-time NFR qualifier was first at Woodward Elks (Oklahoma), second at the Wild West Rodeo (Oklahoma), seventh at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo (Nebraska) and fourth in the Newtown Rodeo Days over the last two weekends. Add it all up, and she’s gone from No. 16 to No. 12 in the WPRA World Standings.