ELLENSBURG — Jordan Spears won the tour finale title, but it was Sage Kimzey who won the year-end buckle as the Oklahoma cowboy once again was crowned champion at the Xtreme Bulls World Finals at the Ellensburg Rodeo arena Saturday night.
Kimzey is the five-time defending world champion bull rider of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and current world leader in this year’s standings. While official payouts were not available by press time, the paychecks Kimzey earned at the Xtreme finale pushed him over $200,000 in season earnings for the sixth straight year.
Some 40 bullriders earned the invitation to the world finals and of those riders, 13 made the eight-second whistle in the long go. Of those 13, Boudreaux Campbell was tops of the go-round, scoring 90 points on Big Stone’s War Cry to generate about $10,000 in earnings for himself. Behind Campbell was a log jam of 80-point rides, including 18-year old Daylon Swearigen and Aaron Williams who split second with 87-point rides. Behind those two were identical 85-point rides by Braden Richardson and Clayton Sellars, who came into the Xtreme Bulls ranked third in the Xtreme Bulls standings.
Kimzey and Spears were further down in the average after the long go. Kimzey covered Flying 5’s Bad Romance for 82.5 points and Spears tallied 84 on Big Stone’s Mortimer.
While two cowboys nearly hung on for qualified rides in the short round — Josh Frost and Denton Fugate were bucked off with less than a second to go — it was just Spears and Kimzey to make the eight-second standard. Kimzey, who was third out in the short round, scored 86 on Outlaw Bucker’s Home Grown for 168.5 on two rides.
Spears however, had some satisfying redemption in his ride. The Californian drew 2018 world champion bull Spotted Denim of Big Stone Rodeo Company. Even better than drawing the best bull of the night was the fact that the two met nearly two years ago at the 2017 National Finals Rodeo where Spotted Denim got the best of Spears. This time around went Spears’ way for 89 points and the 173-point average on two.
Spears was ranked 20th in the PRCA’s world standings this week, however the estimated $25,000 he picked up in Ellensburg will push him to about 10th in the world when the standings are updated next week.
Today’s Ellensburg Rodeo continues at 11:45 a.m. It marks the end of the first round for roughstock events and the second round for timed events. The top 12 in each event moves on to the short round finale on Monday.