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World Champions Duke it out in the Dickinson Championship Bull Riding Horizon Series
Sage Kimzey and Kritter Lamb Strike First in the CBR New Season
Riding with the confidence that won both Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Oklahoma, and Kritter Lamb, Whitehorse, South Dakota, the top two honors of the 2014 CBR season, Kimzey and Lamb would finish first and second in the 2nd Annual Dielco Crane Championship Bull Riding in Dickinson, North Dakota.
Kimzey, who clinched the CBR World Champ title in July in Cheyenne, Wyoming at Cheyenne Frontier Days, looked rested and ready after recently taking time off to heal a slight groin injury. Kimzey rode the Grinch, owned by Ramblin Verl Ranch of Stephenville, Texas, for 88.75 points in the long round, inching past Lamb, the 2014 Horizon Series Champion, by .75 points who was 88 points on Dakota Rodeo’s 855 Super Cella.
By posting the highest score in the earlier rounds, Kimzey was awarded the opportunity to get on the Rockpile Energy Bounty Bull to attempt to win $5,000 for eight seconds of work. Kimzey would lose his rope in the attempt and the bull, Continental rock, owned by Chad Berger, would win the battle, but Kimzey and Lamb would get a jump on the competition gathering valuable qualifying points that will position them at the top of the list on the CBR’s televised Road to Cheyenne tour.
Eight of 34 bull riders made qualified rides in the muddy DSU Outdoor arena which accumulated over six inches of rain in 24 hours. $10,720.00 was awarded to six cowboys with Kimzey and Lamb receiving the bulk of the lion’s share. With their strong finish in Dickinson both bull riders are well on their way to continuing their winning streaks into the 2015 Championship Bull Riding season.
Not rain, rain and more rain would keep Zach Craig, the organizer of the 2nd Annual Dielco Crane Championship Bull Riding, from continuing what he set out to do for the citizens of Stark County. Bringing in bull riding’s royalty, four time world champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman, Two World Champion bucking bulls, 188 Got It and 33-8 Rajun JT, and two World Champion riders, the two hour event featured 2 rounds of top notch bull riding action with Tate Smith of Litchville, being the only North Dakota rider to finish in the money.
Two Dickinson State University Rodeo Team members, Blake Smith from Zap and Teddi Schwagler, Mandan, were presented $1500 scholarships from Hedeman during intermission on behalf of CBR and Barrett and Craig Bucking Bulls. Earlier in the day, Hedeman and Kimzey signed autographs, talked to the media, and took pictures with fans at Boot Barn and Runnings Fleet and Farm.
In addition to the riders competing for cash and trophy buckles some of the best bucking bovines on the pro tours provided the other side of the ride in Dickinson. Competing using the CBR’s Bull Team Challenge competition format, the 12 teams each comprised of three bulls competed simultaneously to the rider’s competition for cash and prizes with Matt Griffin’s Ramblin Verl Ranch team winning the first place $12,000 cash prize.
Dickinson, North Dakota Horizon Series Results on 2 bulls each.
1. Sage Kimzey 88.75, $2,894.40
2. Kritter Lamb, 88, $2,080.40
3. Brad Check, 86.75, $2,286.40
4. Tate Smith, 86.25, $884.40
5. Garrett Vig, 85, $562.80
6. Mark Johnson, 84.25, $321.60
Dickinson Open Bull Team Results:
1st Ramblin Verl, Stephenville, Texas 2. Chad Berger, Mandan North Dakota, 3. Mid States Rodeo, Dickinson, North Dakota, 4. Mike Rawson, Martinsville, Texas, 5. JQH Bucking Bulls, Amarillo, Texas About
About Championship Bull Riding –
Located in the historic Stockyards of Fort Worth, Texas, Championship Bull Riding (CBR) is an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the very best elements of the sport. Under the direction of bull riding icon Tuff Hedeman, CBR has grown into an organization that works to put the best riders on the best bulls, delivering world-class qualified rides. Bull riders start in the Horizon Series earning points to move onto the elite Road to Cheyenne Tour. The Road to Cheyenne Tour culminates in July in Wyoming at the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days where the world champion earns a $100,000 bonus. The CBR Bull Team Challenge is also part of the tour events where stock contractors bring their best bulls and compete for annual cash prizes that total over $1 million. Providing opportunities for contestants, stock contractors, fans and sponsors is why CBR is the REAL COWBOY SPORTtm. CBR is featured at over 70 venues across the United States with national television programming on the Fox Sports Networks for 26 consecutive weeks in prime time. For more information visit www.cbrbull.com or call 817-626-BULL (2855).
Leigh Ann Schroeder