Sage Kinzey

Twenty-five-year-old Strong City, Okla., cowboy Sage Kimzey is the No. 1 ranked bull rider in the world. The five-time PRCA world champion was bucked off on Monday at the Ellensburg Rodeo.

The Ellensburg Rodeo is like a cool breeze to an Oklahoma cowboy, whose sitting on top of the world.

With three days in the same place, Xtreme Bulls on Saturday night, and a buck in the short-go on Monday, it not only gave five-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association champion Sage Kimzey a nice payday, but the 25-year-old Strong City, Okla., cowboy also had a chance to catch his breath with a little under 30 days left in the regular season.

“I really enjoy the time up here. By the time we get to Ellensburg, we’re beat up, we’re sore, but it’s a great rodeo with great stock. I just put it on auto-pilot to get ready for the NFR and another run at the world championship,” said Kimzey, who became the youngest millionaire in PRCA history during the 2016 Wrangler NFR, at 22 years, three months.

“I’ve won five-straight (bull riding) world championships, hopefully six this year. The reason I do it is a little bit of everything, really. I wouldn’t get on bulls for nothin’, but I can’t think of a better life. I’m $67,000 ahead in the standings right now, but I’m still working hard because I take pride in my job.”

Kimzey’s won eight bull riding events so far this year and shared top honors in four more, but Ellensburg isn’t one of them. Flying Five Rodeo Company’s Crazy Hair changed direction and caught leaning in a rare buck-off for one of the best bull rider’s the world has ever seen.

In fact you don’t see that much if at all. Kimzey, the No. 1 bull rider in the world, didn’t make the horn and neither did the top-ranked saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright, who got bested by Calgary Stampede bronc Umber Bubbles. Kimzey and Wright are both headed to the NFR, but on championship Monday at Ellensburg, it was the four-legged athletes that got a leg-up.

“I like the stock here. I would say the horses are as good as the NFR, but not the bulls,” said Kimzey, who currently sits some $67,000 ahead of second-place Stetson Wright.

On Saturday night, Kimzey showed Ellensburg rodeo fans why he’s still the king of the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour. The reigning five-time world champion won his fourth Xtreme Bulls Tour title in five years — and third in a row — with his performance at the Division 1 Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale.

With the $21,015 he earned Saturday night, his 2019 season total of $88,348 was a career-best for Kimzey and second only to the $119,584 Matt Austin earned in 2005. His Xtreme Bull Tour career earnings ($344,149) is also a PRCA record.

“This is what you dream of, I mean I started on sheep, then steers and eventually bulls,” Kimzey said. “It is a job and it is work, but I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.”

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