COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Courtesy PRCA – The annual show-and-tell presentation of how much Trevor Brazile has altered the ProRodeo record book has to share the stage this year with a couple of the sport’s great young roughstock cowboys.
Any recounting of the year’s great achievements has to start with the King of the Cowboys, who upped his record for most total world championships to 21 – with his record 12th all-around gold buckle (record ninth in a row) and fifth in steer roping – and he took his record total earnings past the $5.5 million mark ($5,532,121) and his record total of National Finals round wins to 60.
But then you have to talk about the kids.
Oklahoman Sage Kimzey, 20, didn’t just become the second rookie bull rider ever to win a world championship (joining Bill Kornell, 1963), but he obliterated the rookie earnings record by more than $100,000, broke the bull riding earnings record for the WNFR with $175,466 and his final season total of $318,631 put him 11th on the all-time single-season earnings list.
Brazile has the first eight spots on the list (this year’s total of $494,469 is No. 2), followed by Matt Austin ($320,766) and Kaycee Feild ($319,986) – which means Kimzey fell short by $2,135 of breaking the sport’s single-season record for one event.
All Feild did was win his fourth-consecutive world championship and fourth-consecutive WNFR average title, a parlay unmatched in rodeo history. The four consecutive average titles has only been managed one other time in any event, by team roping heeler Leo Camarillo (1968-71).
The four average titles also tied the overall event record set by Bruce Ford (1979-80, 1982 and 1987).
Four contestants extended their WNFR event records for most round wins – bareback rider Bobby Mote (25), steer wrestler Luke Branquinho (23), team roping heeler Rich Skelton (35) and tie-down roper Cody Ohl (52). Ohl also advanced his WNFR record for most sub-seven second runs, which he ran to 11 with his 6.8-second winning run in Round 10.