Cooper Davis struck first with an 87 point ride, followed by Corey Maier with an 85 on Nicole Porter’s The Principal. But Nineteen year-old-rookie sensation Sage Kimzey debuted with a flawless 90.5 ride on Loe and Melton’s Crimson King.
“Jumping and kicking into his hand, Kimzey found his rhythm early,” commented 8-time-World Champion, and CBR color commentator, Donny Gay.
In a back-to-back line-up Trey Benton, Rock Island, Texas countered the effort with an 89.5 score, demonstrating his intentions to unseat Kimzey. Proving world champions shine in Cheyenne, JW Harris, Mullin, Texas and Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas rode for 89 and 86 respectively, reiterating the world title race is still wide open.
Rounding out the nine qualified rides of round one were Garrett Smith with a 87.5 and Cole Echols with an 86.5 followed by no. 4 ranked Eli Vastbinder with an 85 on Cude Energy’s Greenhorn.
Jared Long’s 87 point ride on Rawson’s Little Shyster ushered in the second round. This time Benton drew first in the Kimzey/Benton showdown, but the advantage was with the rookie who drew the same bull as he rode at the 2014 National College Finals Rodeo. Swamp Dog allowed Kimzey a 90 point score to retain his prime position as both the leader in CBR standings and the evening’s pursuit of the Max Mahindra Bounty Bull, the unridden 8034 Penny Lover.
After being bucked off in round one, no. 3 ranked Aaron Pass reappeared in the cast of contenders riding Pain Killer from Team Whisnant and the Jayne’s Gang. Making the whistle can be contagious illustrated by Robson Aragao, Neil Holmes, Josh Barentine as they dominated the middle of the order with qualified rides.
Closing out the round and his title contention, Teel posted 89 points on Boogeyman followed by Tyler Adrian and Corey Baily with 87 and 89 respectively.
Bolstering the drama the no. 1 ranked cowboy faced off with the no. 1 ranked bull, Penny Lover, for the Mahindra Max moment on the Road to Cheyenne tour. Although Kimzey failed his fourth attempt to make the whistle on Benny Cude’s Bull of the Year, Penny Lover, at 7.46 seconds he came closer than ever before to riding the unridden bull.
The bull riders are not the only ones gunning for at $100,000 check. The CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge also completed its first night of competition. With Barrett, Craig, and Keeton’s team taking the lead with 191.5 points, only one round remains in the stock contractor’s quest for a world title. Separated by only half a point, Corey Melton’s team Loe/ Melton and Whisnant/Jaynes Gang are tied at 191.
The normal format returns tomorrow night, and the event leaders will have the potential to get on three more bulls concluding with the Final Four Shootout Round. After round one’s box office hit, the action returns to Cheyenne Frontier Nights with a sequel, July 22 at 8:00 p.m.
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Results of CBR World Finals Round One
1, Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Oklahoma on Crimson King 90.5. 2, Trey Benton, Rock Island, Texas, on Rajun JT 89.5. 3, J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas on Bomber, 89. 4, Corey Maier, Timber Lake, South Dakota on The Principal, 88.5. 5, Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, on Hou’s Willin, 87.5
1, (Tie 1,2) Sage Kimzey, on Swamp Dog, Trey Benton, Jack Tar 90. 3, Aaron Pass on Pain Killer, 89.5. 4, (tie 4,5,6) Cody Teel on Boogeyman, Corey Bailey on White Wolf, Corey Maier on Divinity, 89.