Calgary Stampede competitors to watch — Sage Kimzey
20-year-old from Oklahoma is the reigning world champion in bull riding
CBC News Posted: Jun 28, 2015 5:00 AM MT Last Updated: Jun 28, 2015 5:00 AM MT
Sage Kimzey describes his hometown of Strong City as 'a little bitty town in western Oklahoma'.
Strong City may be small, but it's produced one of the biggest stars on the rodeo circuit these days in Kimzey.
The 20-year-old American is the defending Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion in bull riding.
Kimzey is about to make his debut in Canada. He's set his sights on this year's Calgary Stampede and the first prize money of $100,000.
About bull riding
The rules are pretty simple. Rule number one is the rider needs to stay on the bull for at least eight seconds.
The rider can only use one hand to hold on the rope attached around the bull. Competitors don't need to use their spurs, just hold on — but judges will score them higher.
"Bull riding is one of the toughest sports in world. You are definitely going to get banged up with the broken arms and the dislocated joints and everything. It's a price I am very willing to pay."- Sage Kimzey
"You want one of the ranker bulls," says Kimzey.
Two judges score 50 points each for a total of 100. Twenty-five points is assessed for the rider's performance, 25 points for how much the bull bucks.
Four cowboys qualify for one final ride on the last day of the Stampede. The cowboy who gets the highest score takes home the prize money.
"The score of 90 is our gold-medal standard in bull riding," he said.
"Bull riding is one of the toughest sports in world. You are definitely going to get banged up with the broken arms and the dislocated joints and everything. It's a price I am very will to pay."
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