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Reigning three-time world champion Sage Kimzey rides 4L and Diamond S Rodeo's Lost Highway for 82.5 points on Saturday night at Dodge City Roundup Rodeo. He finished tied for seventh in the first round and will compete in Sunday's short round.

Reigning three-time world champion Sage Kimzey rides 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Lost Highway for 82.5 points on Saturday night at Dodge City Roundup Rodeo. He finished tied for seventh in the first round and will compete in Sunday’s short round.

DODGE CITY, Kan. – In ProRodeo, Sage Kimzey has earned $184,631.

In reality, the reigning three-time world champion bull rider has collected a lot more than that. His biggest payday so far in 2017 was for $433,000 for winning The American in Arlington, Texas, in March, but he’s been collecting big paychecks all along the way.

A month ago, he pocketed $270,000 in just nine days of riding bulls. First he won the Calgary Stampede’s $100,000 first-place check, then followed that with $50,000 at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo in Salt Lake City and a $100,000 bonus for winning the Championship Bull Riding world championship.

In that stretch, the Salt Lake City victory and a few big checks at lucrative rodeos around the Fourth of July were all that count toward his race for a fourth straight gold buckle. All the other is just icing on the cake.

“July was a really good month for me,” said Kimzey of Strong City, Okla. “Winning the Calgary Stampede again is just awesome.”

Whether they count for the PRCA world standings or not, every dollar is important for men who ride bucking beasts for a living. On Saturday night, gave himself a shot to earn more and the coveted Dodge City Roundup Rodeo title when he rode 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Lost Highway for 82.5 points.

He finished tied for seventh place in the opening round, pocketing $355. Most importantly, though, is he qualifies for Sunday night’s championship round and a chance to earn one of the most cherished buckles in ProRodeo.

“I didn’t know much about him,” he said of the bull. “He’s a quick, little, athletic bull. You can feel when you’re on them whether they’re going to change leads or whether they’re really committed to the spin, and I could tell the whole time that he might do something else.

“I just tried to stay centered and not set any traps for him, because I knew at any time he could change it up.”

The bull did, but it wasn’t quite as spectacular as other rides during the first four nights of the competition. Dodge City-born Tyler Hessman and Jeston Mead of Holcomb, Kan., both scored 87 to win the opening round.

But Kimzey owns a $43,000 lead over the No. 2 man in the standings, Garrett Smith of Rexburg, Idaho. He’d like to keep padding that if he can in Dodge City. The rodeo life is like that of a gypsy, which means traveling thousands of miles a year in order to compete in the sport they love. How does a bull rider stay at the top of the game like the Oklahoman.

“We get on so many bulls through the summer that we don’t have any time to do much else,” Kimzey said. “You definitely have to stay in shape, whether it’s jumping rope or running the bleachers at the rodeo grounds. You have to be in shape and stay healthy.

“When I’m home, and sometimes when I’m on the road, I watch a lot of video. I think about it all the time, and I have since I was a little kid. I think the mental side of the tame is more important than anything.”

His goal is to top the record set by Donnie Gay, the only bull rider with eight world titles. He hopes to do that by remaining technically sound with his bull riding.

“It helps me stay on,” he said. “It also helps me stay healthy. I don’t put myself in a lot of compromising situations. That’s a key to this sport, too. If you’re not healthy, you can’t win any money.”

Kimzey is proof of that.

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
Aug. 2-6
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Tilden Hooper, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Night Fist, $3,149; 2. Tim O’Connell, 86.5, $2,414; 3. Shane O’Connell, 85.5, $1,784; 4. Clayton Biglow, 84.5, $1,155; 5. (tie) Mason Clements and Orin Larsen, 84, $630 each; 7. Wyatt Denny, 83, $420; 8. J.R. Vezain, 81.5, $315; 9. Austin Foss, 80; 10. (tie) Anthony Thomas, Steven Dent and Justin McDaniel, 79.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Trever Nelson, 3.6 seconds, $2,886; 2. Riley Duvall, 3.7, $2,509; 3. Clay Mindemann, 3.8, $2,133; 4. (tie) Tyler Pearson and T.J. Hall, 3.9, $1,568 each; 6. (tie) Tom Lewis and Joby Allen, 4.1, $815 each; 8. (tie) Levi Rudd, Cody Charmasson and Ryan Swayze, 4.3, $63 each. Second round leaders: 1. Jon Ragatz, 3.3 seconds, $2,886; 2. Ryle Smith, 3.7, $2,509; 3. Tom Lewis, 3.8, $2,133; 4. (tie) Kyle Whitaker, Walt Arnold and Will Lummus, 4.1, $1,380 each; 7. Tyler Waguespack, 4.2, $627; 8. (tie) Kyle Eike and Josh Peek, 4.3, $125 each. Average leaders: 1. Tom Lewis, 7.9 seconds on two runs; 2. Ryle Smith, 8.5; 3. Tyler Waguespack, 8.7; 4. (tie) Tyler Pearson and Riley Duvall, 8.8; 6. Josh Peek, 9.3; 7. (tie) Nick Guy and Jacob Talley, 9.4; 9. T.J. Hall, 9.5; 10. Joby Allen, 9.6; 11. Levi Rudd, 9.7; 12. Clay Mindemann, 9.8.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 4.6 seconds, $2,532 each; 2. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins, 4.7, $2,201; 3. (tie) Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison and Colby Lovell/James Arnold, 5.1, $1,541 each; 6. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 5.2, $881; 7. Nelson Wyatt/Trace Porter, 5.5, $550; 8. Hayes Smith/Justin Davis, 5.6, $220. Second round leaders: 1. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 4.4 seconds, $2,532 each; 2. Paul David Tiereney/Levi Tyan, 4.5, $2,201; 3. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 4.6, $1,871; 4. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 4.7, $1,541; 5. (tie) Jesse Stipes/Jake Clay and Curry Kirchner/Derrick Jantzen, 5.1, $1,046 each; 7. Billy Bob Brown/Logan Medlin, 5.3, $550; 8. (tie) Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold and Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 5.4, $110 each. Average leaders: 1. 2. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins, 10.3 seconds on two runs; 2. Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold, 10.5; 3. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 11.4; 4. (tie) Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward and Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 11.8; 6. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 12.4; 7. Jake Pancost/David Hinman, 12.7; 8. Troy Boone/Chase Boekhaus, 13.1; 9. Cale Markham/Austin Rogers, 13.6; 10. Miles Baker/Dustin Searcy, 14.8; 11. Coleman Proctor/Billie Jack Saebens, 15.5; 12. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 15.6.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Rooster, $2,690; 2. Hardy Braden, 86.5, $2,063; 3. Brody Cress, 84, $1,525; 4. Shade Etbauer, 83.5, $986; 5. Dean Wadsworth, 82.5, $628; 6. Cody Wright, 81.5, $448; 7. Wade Sundell, 81, $359; 8. (tie) Dylan Henson, Zeke Thurston and Joey Sonnier III, 79.5, $90 each; 11. Cody DeMoss, 79; 12. (tie) Jace Lane and Leon Fountain, 77.5. (Because of the tie at 12th place, only the top 11 return for the short round)

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Riley Pruitt, 8.0 seconds, $2,702; 2. Scott Kormos, 9.1, $2,350; 3. Jerome Schneeberger, 9.6, $1,997; 4. Tuf Cooper, 9.7, $1,645; 5. Timber Moore, 9.8, $1,292; 6. Ty Baker, 9.9, $940; 7. Stran Smith, 10.0, $587; 8. (tie) Bryson Sechrist and Blair Burk, 10.1, $117 each. Second round leaders: 1. Caddo Lewallen, 7.4 seconds, $2,702; 2. Randall Carlisle, 7.9, $2,350; 3. Kelsey Garrison, 8.2, $1,997; 4. (tie) Ryan Jarrett and Lane Livingston, 8.8, $1,469; 6. Paul David Tierney, 8.9, $940; 7. (tie) Cory Solomon and Blane Cox, 9.1, $117 each. Average leaders: 1. Timber Moore, 19.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Blane Cox, 19.7; 3. Riley Pruitt, 20.5; 4. (tie) Tuf Cooper and Thomas Merritt, 21.3; Josh Peek, 21.8; 7. Trent Creager, 22.4; 8. (tie) Paul David Tierney, J.D. McCuistion and Jerome Schneeberger, 22.5; 11. Ace Slone, 22.8. (Because of the tie at 12th place, only the top 11 return for the short round)

Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Jane Melby, 17.27 seconds, $2,348; 2. (tie) Dona Kay Rule and Christine Laughlin, 17.35, $1,845 each; 4. Emily Miller, 17.42, $1,453; 5. (tie) Lacinda Rose and Laura Kennedy, 17.43, $1,006 each; 7. Sidney Forrest, 17.45, $671; 8. Sydni Blanchard, 17.46, $447; 9. Jacie Etbauer, 17.47, $335; 10. (tie) Elizabeth Broussard and Bonnie Baughman, 17.50, $112 each. Second round leaders: 1. Michelle Darling, 17.16 seconds, $2,348; 2. Jean Winters, 17.17, $2,012; 3. Kelly Bruner, 17.25, $1,667; 4. Ivy Hurst, 17.27, $1,453; 5. Danielle Collier, 17.33, $1,118; 6. Sydni Blanchard, 17.38, $894; 7. (tie) Sandy McElreath and Sidney Forrest, 17.46, $559 each; 9. (tie) Holly Wright and Hollie Etbauer, 17.48, $280 each. Average leaders: 1. Ivy Hurst, 34.82 seconds on two runs; 2. Sydni Blanchard, 34.84; 3. Dona Kay Rule, 34.87; 4. Christine Laughlin, 34.88; 5. (tie) Sidney Forrest and Jean Winters, 34.91; 5. 7. Danielle Collier, 34.98; 8. Lacinda Rose, 35.00; 9. Sandy McElreath, 35.06; 10. Paige Wiseman, 35.12; 11. Bonnie Baughman, 35.16; 12. Laura Lambert, 35.18.

Bull riding leaders: 1. (tie) Tyler Hessman, on 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Foolish Dreams, on Jeston Mead, on 4L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Living, 87 points, $2,688 each; 3. Shane Proctor, 85.5, $1,724; 3. (tie) Joseph McConnel and Ednei Caminhas, 84.5, $913 each; 6. Guthrie Murray, 84, $507; 7. (tie) Sage Kimzey and Koby Radley, $355 each. 9. Clayton Sellars, 82; 10. Chris Bechthold, 81.5; 11. Logan Hunter, 80.5.

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