In addition to their first gold buckles, Erich Rogers and Cory Petska set a new annual team roping earnings record of $265,417 a man. They won or placed in seven of 10 rounds, and finished second in the average. – PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Dan Hubbell
By Lane Karney
Special To Ropers Sports News
A yearlong world team roping title race that came down to the last run of the rodeo. What many consider to be long-overdue gold buckles for Erich Rogers and Cory Petska, in addition to a new annual team roping earnings record. A 3.3-second, world-record-tying run for regular-season champs Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira. A third Wrangler National Finals Rodeo average buckle for Chad Masters and a first for Travis Graves. If you’re a team roper or a team roping fan, the 2017 NFR definitely did not disappoint.
Sage Kimzey wrapped up his fourth straight bull ridiing title after posting a win in go-round 10 with a score of 88 on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Girl Money. – PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Dan Hubbell
LAS VEGAS, NV – For the second year in a row, bull rider Sage Kimzey did what no one has done before. He actually did two things nobody has done before.
At the age of 23, Kimzey won his fourth consecutive world title in his fourth attempt, the first bull rider to ever do that. He won the fourth one in style, riding 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Girl Money to the tune of 88 points to win Round 10 and take home the gold buckle at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday in front of 16,954.
His fourth title has him halfway to tying Don Gay’s record of eight bull riding world titles.