After a break following the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo’s conclusion this past December many of the sport’s cowboys and cowgirls took some much needed time off to spend time with families and nurse nagging injuries. Even though some smaller Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association sanctioned rodeos have been happening throughout these last two months most of the notable action and athletes did not come to until this last week. Looking ahead will be interesting as the winter run begins and many athletes look to get ahead of the game a little with big wins!
This year, will once again, have a much different look across the country than it did just last year in the 2016 season. The reason for this is the change of mindset for many of the top contestants that we missed last year due to them being shareholders in the Elite Rodeo Athletes organization and the ban that the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association had on those individuals. Giving up their shares allowed those athletes to, once again, purchase their pro card and compete in PRCA sanctioned events.
The reigning and defending Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Bareback Riding World Champion Tim O’Connell has began his 2017 exactly where he ended his 2016 season with a huge win in Denver. The Zwingle, Iowa cowboy came into the National Western Stock Show in Denver with one thing one his mind, a win at the prestigious event, which he fulfilled once things were all said and done. The win gave him a nice payday of $9,252.00 setting an arena average record with 255.50 on three head.
Many others started their 2017 PRCA seasons off on a high note as well after dominating performances here in Denver at the National Western Stock Show. In the steer wresting, Clayton Haas took home the event championship while in the team roping it would be Dustin Egusquiza & Kory Koontz who would take home the buckles. In the saddle bronc riding a young man named Audy Reed would outlast his competitors to become the champion and tie-down roping superstar Marcos Costa would do the same. In the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s cowgirl barrel racing Kellie Collier would take home the win while bull rider Dustin M Bowen would follow suit.
Three time Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Bull Riding World Champion Sage Kimzey also started his 2017 pro rodeo season with a bang leaving him exactly where he left off last December dominating the field in Ft. Worth, Texas. The Xtreme Bulls Division 1 event was his first big event win of the 2017 season and set the tone for what is to follow throughout the remainder of the year. This two-head event was won by Kimzey with a 170 point score atop of two head, clinching the event win with an 83.5-point ride on Smith, Harper & Morgan Rodeo’s Jukebox Hero at the Ft. Worth Stockyard’s Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.
Sage Kimzey spoke of his great start to the 2017 season and his event win energetically saying, “This is the first big rodeo I’ve been to this year, and it’s good to get the ball rolling the first rattle out of the gate.” After catching his breath and taking it all in he talked to us about his short round pick and the excitement he had to climb aboard. “He’s an old bull; we’ve seen him around forever, and he’s always one of the top money bulls any time somebody gets on him. I was excited to have him.”
It is quite easy to follow all the breaking news and excitement with the Rodeo Round Up simply by copying this website into your favorites in your web browser for easy one-click access to event statistics. You can also like and follow us on Facebook here, or by liking and following us on Instagram at @rodeoroundup and on Twitter at @therodeoroundup. Jason has also made it easy for you to be a part of his interviews by opening up a listener comment line. If you have a question for a certain rodeo star simply call in and leave your name, where you are from, who the question is for and what your question is and he will do his best to get it answered for you during his interviews!