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No cowboy has won more PRCA Division 1 Xtreme Bulls events than Sage Kimzey.
He upped that total to 10 for his career by winning the Cactus Jack Division 1 Xtreme Bull Riding Saturday night in Uvalde, Texas.
However, it didn’t come easy – at all.
Kimzey won the three-head average with 261 points. He clinched the title on a re-ride bull with an 86-point trip.
Kimzey, the reigning PRCA Bull Riding World Champion, and Xtreme Bulls Tour champ, was the only competitor to cover three bulls in Uvalde
“I was the last guy out in the short round,” said Kimzey, 27. “The bull I drew (Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Juicy) fell down, so I got on the re-ride bull some young bull. They told me he was good, and it worked out for me.
“I got on two back-to-back and it is 105 degrees down here. It’s a little warm. I was definitely pretty gassed afterward. It was a long night.”
This was Kimzey’s first Division 1 Xtreme Bulls win since July 20, 2021, in Spanish Fork, Utah.
On Friday night, Kimzey made his first ride an 86.5-point trip on New Star Pro Rodeo’s Buck Dynasty. That left him fourth in the first round and set his victory in motion.
Kimzey came back Saturday night with an 88.5-point ride on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Mr. Quick.
The ride looked good on the scoreboard, but it was far from smooth sailing for Kimzey.
“That was a really nice bull,” Kimzey said. “He kicked out and went left and it was all I could do to keep up with him. He threw me off right at the whistle. I took a little shot to the chin and broke my helmet and I turned around and got ready for the short round.
“I had to borrow my little brother Trey’s helmet for the short round. I’m glad everything paid off. I’m literally still catching my breath and trying to cool down. It’s cooler now, it’s a balmy 91 degrees.”
Kimzey departed Uvalde after earning $11,194. He’s aiming to capture his sixth career Xtreme Bulls Tour crown in 2022.
“This win (in Uvalde) for sure feels good,” Kimzey said. “May is usually one of our slower months and to have a couple of these big stand-alone events that we can go to and win a lot of money is really nice.”
Uvalde is a 3½-hour drive to Kimzey’s home in Salado, Texas, where he plans to spend Mother’s Day with his wife, Alexis, and their 3½-month old son Steele Randall Kimzey.
“Mother’s Day (May 8) means a lot,” Sage said. “This is going to be Alexis’ first Mother’s Day to celebrate, so it is going to be pretty special.”
Kimzey acknowledged his win in Uvalde is part of the process to snare his eighth world championship in nine years. If Kimzey gets his eighth world title he will tie Don Gay for the PRCA-record for bull riding world championships.
“It (the season) is a marathon for sure,” Kimzey said. “It is just one step closer, I guess. I was really fortunate even though I didn’t go very hard this winter I had a really, really prosperous winter run. Now that we are in the spring and going into the summer, I definitely want to keep the ball rolling and keep riding strong.
“That’s definitely the end goal (to win the eighth world title) this year. There are a lot of miles and a lot of stops in between that. I’m just going to keep taking care of business one at a time and keep having fun.”
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