Sage Kimzey, who has won the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s bull riding title the past two years, is scheduled to compete in the 24th annual Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge this weekend at the Fort Worth Stockyards.
The Hedeman event is sanctioned by Championship Bull Riding, which is headed up by Hedeman, a four-time world champion from Morgan Mill.
In the CBR’s 2016 standings, Kimzey, who won the association’s year-end title in 2014, is ranked No. 1 with 1,764 points. Cody Rostockyj is ranked No. 2 with 1,412.5 and Cody Teel is No. 3 with 1,316.
Teel, who is the defending CBR year-end champion, is entered in the Hedeman event. Teel also won the PRCA title in 2012.
The Hedeman event begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at Cowtown Coliseum.
Hedeman’s son thrives
Tuff Hedeman snared three gold buckles on the PRCA circuit (1986, 1989 and 1991). He also won the Professional Bull Riders’ title in 1995.
But his son, Trevor, is very passionate about roping. During the past weekend, the younger Hedeman and his partner Brent Ivy clinched the team roping title at the ABC Pro Rodeo in Lubbock.
Trevor Hedeman and Ivy tied for first in the first round after turning in a time of 6.2 seconds. After that, the duo won the second round with a 5.7.
After making two speedy runs, Hedeman and Ivy clinched the title with a two-run aggregate time of 11.9.
The traditional ABC Rodeo was March 31-April 2 at City Bank Coliseum. Beutler & Son Rodeo Co. provided the livestock. The 2016 edition offered competitors $49,428 in prize money.
In saddle bronc riding, Ryder Wright clinched the title after turning in an 84.5 on a Beutler bronc named Nod Big's Holy Water. He is the son of two-time world champion Cody Wright.
Other champions were bareback rider Joel Schlegel (82 points), steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack (3.8 seconds), tie-down roper Quay Howard (8.2 seconds), barrel racer Rylee Dick (14.21 seconds) and bull rider Justin Anderson (84 points).
On the National Cutting Horse Association circuit, it’s fairly common for a female rider to win a major Fort Worth show in the non-pro division.
But it’s a rarity for a woman to win in the open division, which primarily is dominated by pro riders who train cutting horses for the public as their livelihood.
That’s why all eyes were on California rider Morgan Cromer when she and a 5-year-old mare named Maid of Metal won the Super Stakes Classic Open Division title after the duo turned in a finals score of 223 on Saturday night (April 2) at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth.
It was the first time in 24 years in which fans have watched a woman clinch the Super Stakes Classic Open Division (5- and 6-year-old horses). Cromer is the second woman to accomplish the feat. The other female Super Stakes Classic Open winner was Barbra Schulte, who clinched the title in 1992 on Boons Pizzazz.
Shortly after clinching the title, Cromer, 33, received a hug from Lindy Burch, who in 1980 became the first woman to win the open title at the NCHA Futurity, which is the sport’s most prestigious show.
Asked about her unusual success as a pro rider/trainer, Cromer said: “I’ve looked up to Lindy and Kathy [Daughn, the 1985 and 2000 NCHA Futurity champion rider]. And so to win a title in here [Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum] is pretty special.”
The Super Stakes runs through April 16. The show concludes with the 4-year-old open finals, which is the second jewel of the sport’s Triple Crown Series.
The PRCA’s Texas Circuit is among 12 geographic regions that determine champions each year. The circuit crowns a year-end champion in a single rodeo event, which is the competitor who wins the most money during the regular season and the Waco-based Texas Circuit Finals. The Texas Circuit also crowns a circuit finals average champion in each event.
At that point, both the year-end champion and the finals average champion in each event advance to the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla. The 2016 National Circuit Finals are scheduled for Thursday through Sunday.
In the tie-down roping, Timber Moore of Aubrey will represent the Texas Circuit at the National Circuit Finals as the year-end winner. Sterling Smith of Stephenville will represent the Texas Circuit as the finals average champion.
With two rodeos remaining in the regular season on the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region circuit, Tarleton’s men’s team is ranked No. 1. After eight rodeos during the 2015-2016 season, TSU has earned 3,358 points. Western Texas is ranked No. 2 with 2,275 and Weatherford College is No. 3 with 1,815.
In the women’s team race, Tarleton is ranked No. 2 with 1,343.33. Texas Tech is No. l with 1,897.5.
On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, Kaique Pacheco, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, won last weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Sioux Falls, S.D. Two-time world champion J.B. Mauney, who finished in 14th place in Sioux Falls, is ranked No. 1 in the world standings.
On the Elite Rodeo Athletes circuit, three-time PRCA world champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur won the tie-down roping Friday night with a time of 8.06 seconds in Nampa, Idaho. Trevor Brazile, a 23-time PRCA world champion from Decatur, paced the tie-down roping field on Saturday night with a 7.98.