Kimzey’s Coming to Kissimmee for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo
Sage Kimzey is blazing a trail through the rodeo world! He has earned many bull riding titles to date and doesn’t have plans on quitting anytime soon. Kimzey’s coming to Kissimmee! Folks, this man is Kissimmee bound this April for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and he’s on a mission!
From the age of 4 years old, Sage Kimzey has been riding sheep and calves. At the age of 13, he ventured on and rode his very first bull. Sage grew up in a rodeo family. His mother and father both competed. “Rodeo was born into me. I grew up doing all the events, but bull riding was my favorite and what I chose to stay with.”
At the age of 18, Sage bought his PRCA card and hit the ground running, traveling about 200 days out of the year to attend rodeos across the country. In 2013, he earned his first title and has been adding to his collection ever since. Most recently, he was crowned the PRCA world champion bull rider for the fourth time at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Though he holds the world title, he has not yet won a national title at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo. This past December, he qualified at the Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo to compete here in Kissimmee, Florida. He has every intention on capturing a title at this year’s RNCFR. “Competing in Kissimmee at the RNCFR is a bucket list goal for me. I haven’t been able to cross this off my list yet.”
What does it take to become a four-time PRCA world champion bull rider? “It takes a lot of sacrifices and hard work. You have to truly be in love with the sport. It’s good to have a healthy obsession with it,” said Sage. “It’s not so much a mano a mano strength contest between the cowboy and the bull. Most people might think that. It’s more about precision and timing, learning to dance with the bull you are riding.”
We asked Sage Kimzey to paint the picture of what goes through his mind as he gets set to ride. Naturally, we can assume that these riders have some levels of anxiety, nerves, excitement, adrenaline and more! Let’s be honest, the contestants are mounting a 2,000-pound bull who at any moment could potentially crush them. Sage said, “That’s the moment that everything fades away. Nothing else really matters. It’s the moment that the world stands still, a moment of true perfection. It’s you and the bull. The real world fades away in that instance.”
Sage will be among the top circuit champions heading to Kissimmee vying for $1 million in cash and prizes. “Guys work all year to get here. The RNCFR has great livestock, great competition and you get the Florida sunshine! It’s a family-friendly event you won’t want to pass up on.”
Sage happens to be an avid golfer, so he’s looking forward to hitting up the Florida golf courses in his free time while competing here in Kissimmee!