Sage Kimzey rides Blue Stone for 88.5 points to win Round 2 of Bracket 3 at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo on February 14th, 2018. Photo by Greg Westfall.
SAN ANTONIO – Consistency is paying off with big dividends for several of the contestants in Bracket 3 of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo.
Sage Kimzey won the title here in the bull riding, the first time that he entered the rodeo and went on to win his first of four world championships. Kimzey, from Strong City, Oklahoma got his season off to a good start then with $18,029 in earnings then and is hoping for a repeat here this year. He is well on his way to another big victory here this year.
Kimzey is just returning to action after sustaining a broken pelvis less than two months ago. He was one of two men to successfully make it to the whistle on Tuesday, then was the only successful rider on Wednesday. He scored 88.5 points on D & H Cattle Co.’s Blue Stone to win $5,945 in the second round. He has total earnings of $9,215 here so far.
Blue Stone comes from the Flying High Rodeo Co. of Elnora, Alberta and is currently hitting the road with the Page family of Oklahoma in exchange for a breeding bull. With two trips already to his credit in the PRCA another six more are required for a shot at December’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Wade Sundell, who is known on the rodeo circuit for his flamboyant riding style and love of the game won, $18,090 here in 2014. He had the high score in round one and again on Wednesday night. His round two victory came aboard Calgary Stampede’s Yesterday’s Delivery. The 85-point score earned the Coleman, Oklahoma, resident $2,378 bringing his total here to $4,756.
In a pen of bucking horses dominated by the Calgary Stampede, the bareback riding on Wednesday was won by Tilden Hooper for his 86.5 point effort on Princess Warrior.
Canadian bronc riders Layton Green (Meeting Creek, Alberta) and Jake Watson (Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia) were bucked off of a pair of Stampede horses on Wednesday night. Green said his winter hadn’t been very good, despite ranking No.28 in the PRCA World Standings today, but he was excited to have drawn Wild Cherry. The 2017 Canadian Champion unfortunately missed the horse out but made a fantastic ride. He looks for redemption on Thursday.
Watson sits in the No.48 spot in the PRCA Standings and was flat bucked off a rank Tiger Warrior in the second round of the third bracket.
Contestants advance to the Semifinals based on how much money they win and based on these contestants performances in the first two rounds of their brackets, they are all making plans to return to the Alamo City to compete in the $1.7 million rodeo next week.
Having qualified for the semifinals already from Canada include: Clay Elliott (Nanton, Alberta) and Curtis Cassidy (Donalda, Alberta)
Orin Larsen (Inglis, Manitoba) and Zeke Thurston (Big Valley, Alberta) from Bracket 2
The third and final round of Bracket 3 will conclude on Thursday night with competition beginning at 7 p.m.
With files from Susan Kanode.
In other news, the $230,000 Jackson, Mississippi Dixie National Rodeo wrapped up on Wednesday night with a number of Canadians cashing decent sized cheques.
Orin Larsen won third in the bareback riding for $3,416 with an 85.5 point score; Clint Laye (Cadogan, Alberta) split sixth for $804.
Bulldoggers Harley Cole (Okotoks, Alberta) and Scott Guenthner (Provost, Alberta) each placed in a round and the aggregate. Cole took fifth in Round 1 for $1,233 with a 4.2 while Guenthner split second in the second round for $1,906. In the aggregate, Guenthner added an additional $2,859 for a split of second with a total time of 8.8 seconds on two head. Cole added $1,850 for fifth at 9.1.
Jake Watson’s previously mentioned No.48 ranking will improve with the standings are tabulated as he finished third in Jackson with his 83 points of work for $3,148.