Sage Kimzey Grinds Through Injury-Plagued Season to Ninth NFR Appearance
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It was setting up to be a great season fro seven-time World Champion Sage Kimzey, but injuries derailed what could have been.
Kimzey will return to the NFR No. 10 in the PRCA World Standings, despite a season that had him still as high as No. 4 in the world in August.
George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding (Texas), $17,082
The highest-marked ride of the year for Kimzey came at the prestigious George Paul Memorial. Kimzey was marked 90.5 points in the opening round. Kimzey would go on to win the Average as well after an 88-point ride in the Finals. The Average paid almost $8,000 while each round win paid more than $4,000.
Reno Rodeo Xtreme Bulls, $13,695
Kimzey’s started off 100 Rodeos in 100 Days with a huge night at the Reno Rodeo Xtreme Bulls. Hefinished second in the Average after going 166.5 points on two head. Kimzey was one of two riders to ride both at the event, the other being Jestyn Woodward.
HIGHEST MARKED RIDES
St. Paul Rodeo (Oregon), 90 Points
Kimzey had three 90+ Point Rides on the season, and two of them came back-to-back over Cowboy Christmas, the higher paying of the two being worth $9,545 in St. Paul.
Oakley Independence Day Rodeo (Utah), 90 Points
In Oakley City, it was the same story as St. Paul, 90 points and a second place finish. This time it came aboard Top Gun of United Pro Rodeo and paid $5,500.
San Angelo Xtreme Bulls, 89.5 Points
Kimzey posted two great rides at the San Angelo Xtreme Bulls to get the win. He opened the rodeo with a round-winning 87.5-point ride. In the Finals, Kimzey posted an 89.5-point ride to not only win the round, but lock in the Average.
Rodeo of the Ozarks (Arkansas), 89.5 Points
Kimzey won the Rodeo of the Ozarks with one of his better rides of the season. He was marked 89.5 points to get the win on White Trash. Kimzey won the rodeo by a half-point over Jeff Askey to get the nearly $5,000 payday.
Comal County Fair and Rodeo (Texas), 88.5 Points
It wasn’t a big payday, but it may have been one of the bigger rodeos of the year for Kimzey who proved he was healthy with an 88.5-point ride in his last ride of the regular season.
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