As the 2016 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s season begins to gain momentum some of their athletes are already making a run for another qualification for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this coming December. This last week is proving to show us all who is on a hot streak and will, later down the road, be sitting in great position to be within the needed top fifteen in the world standings to make their way west to Las Vegas, Nevada to see who will be crowned World Champions!
The great state of Texas and the beautiful weather of Arizona attracted many of the top rodeo athletes in the industry as stakes were high and competition was fierce this past week. All of the action finally came to a close as the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo paid out thousands of dollars and gave some contestants the leg up on the rest of the field. That being said Texas was not the only place where a huge event was taking place as the Wrangler Champions Challenge and PRCA Extreme Bulls took place in Scottsdale, Arizona!
PRCA World Champion Sage Kimzey
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If there is any cowboy that has gained a ton of attention over the last two years it would be the reigning and defending PRCA Bull Riding World Champion Sage Kimzey. As if winning the world title two times is not enough this top caliber athlete seems to love the state of Texas and being a part of some of the biggest rodeos throughout the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association season. This last week Kimzey proved that theory correct once again in San Antonio.
For the second time in three years this superstar has done the impossible while at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Just days ago he was able to claim yet another event title inside of the AT&T Center that also plays host to the San Antonio Spurs NBA basketball team. Even though he has won it two of the past three years it very well could have been a clean sweep as he narrowly missed out on his third title last year by just a couple hundred dollars. That being said over the last three years this world champion has banked over $100,000 from this event alone.
7-Time WNFR Qualifier Bobby Welsh
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For a man that started the 2016 pro rodeo season with the mindset that his rodeo road was going to slow down considerably 7-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Bobby Welsh may have a change of heart. Competing against 49 of the other top bull riders in the world he was on a mission to compete at the top of his game and place well within the top of the field at the PRCA Extreme Bulls event at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo this past week.
That is exactly what he did as he did much more than placing within the top of the stacked names as he put on a show for the ages. In front of a sold out crowd in the AT&T Center Welsh claimed his first ever victory at this premier event. Once it all settled in this bull rider might reconsider slowing down this year for making a run at yet another Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification. Looking at his new buckle Welsh said, “”This is by far, in my opinion, the best rodeo as far as the people who put the rodeo on, the stock that comes and the best riders in the world.”
2012 PRCA Bull Riding World Champion Cody Teel
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Scottsdale, Arizona was the place to be this past Sunday as the Wrangler Champions Challenge took place the same day as the RFD-TV’s The American which made for a long day for some of the best rodeo athletes in the business today. World Champion bull rider Cody Teel came in with a mission and as everything played out it was his plan that managed to work like clock work as he claimed victory as the bull riding event champion once again.
This was Teel’s fifth Wrangler Champions Challenge win with three of those being taken right where he was at that evening, in Scottsdale, Arizona. This year it was an 84.50 ride aboard Summit Pro Rodeo’s Custer to win his second consecutive WCC event inside the West World Arena. Teel recounted his winning ride by saying, “He was a good bull with some timing and a little backup to him, and one you had to pay attention to in order to get by. I knew I would have a good chance to get the win if I did my job. There has been a great set of bulls here for the last two years, and I was glad I came out on top again.”
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