Pass Claims Second Win on the Road to Cheyenne

Pass Claims Second Win on the Road to Cheyenne

by Leigh Ann Schroeder

MULVANE, Kansas – March 1, 2014 – Aaron Pass admitted he can’t walk after getting off his bulls, but when faced with the decision to stay home or make the trip to Kansas to reclaim the lead of the Championship Bull Riding (CBR) world standings, he didn’t hesitate.  

Riding with an injured hamstring and hips that are taped together, Pass made it clear he was on a mission to take back the lead of the 2014 CBR season with his second Road to Cheyenne Tour win at the Kansas Star Chute Out. Even though he limped out of the arena three times, he came one step closer to his goal of a CBR world championship.

As one of only nine riders to make the whistle in the first round, Pass, from Kaufman, Texas, moved himself and Talbert Bucking Bulls to the top of the leaderboards with a 90-point ride on their bull Hippy Music.  

 “It hurts really bad when I get off, I can’t really move and it hurts to walk so I was really happy the first bull felt so good.”

 Pass lost his number one ranking last week to Cody Teel, the 2012 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Champion, who won the event title at the Lufkin Bull Bash. Pass remains a strong contender for the gold buckle as he has led the CBR World Standings for most of the season after winning the first tour event last August in Huron, S.D.  

As impressive as veterans Pass and Teel have been with both winning two event titles, it was the rookies that stole the show in Mulvane. Six of the nine scores in the first round were newcomers to the tour. Among them was bull riding phenom Sage Steele Kimzey, from Strong City, Okla., who also has one tour win, El Paso, under his belt.

When it came to the 12-man semifinals, Kimzey finished in the number one spot riding what he describes as his “dream draw” when he took Sellers’ Black Betty for a 91.5-point spin.

 “He is one of my dream bulls. I have always wanted to get on him, every time you ride him he is always in the door to the right, blows up, and the fans love him,” said Kimzey, who won over $75,000 riding bulls during the month of February.  

Pass didn’t get a score in the semifinals after admitting Mike Rawson’s Longjohns beat him out of the gate after taking a second wrap when the bull would not settle in the chute.  His first round score was enough to advance him to the Shoot Out Round where he and fellow veteran Neil Holmes, Houston, Tex., would go head to head with rookies Sage Kimzey and Eli Vastbinder from Statesville, N.C., where the check and the buckle was earned with one-half point in Pass’ favor. 

In true Shoot Out fashion, Pass had the highest score of the night at 92 on Mike Rawson’s Bet on Black. Kimzey, who admitted he really wanted to attempt the unridden Penny Lover, drafted Silver Creek Pro Rodeo’s bull Razor Blade after winning El Paso on a bull from the same contractor.  The strength of bull power was worth the half point difference Pass earned and just enough to prevent Kimzey from getting his second title. Kimzey rode Brad Vogele’s Razor Blade for 91.5. Along with the title, Pass earned $13,500 for the win; Kimzey was not far behind with $10,250. 

While the rookies and veterans were duking it out on the scoreboard, the other side of the ride was busy trying to collect the $25,000 prize money for CBR’s Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge competition in Mulvane. Talbert Bucking Bulls, Greg and Carolyn Talbert of Cheyenne Wells, Colo., cleared the field by the largest margin ever in the history of the four-year-old bull competition. Winning the championship by a margin of 8.06 points above the second place team, Talbert was thrilled with “the boys’” performance on a team where two of his buckers tied for high marked bull score. Womanizer, a new bull for Talbert in the 2014 season and veteran Hippy Music were members of the only team to have two ride scores in the long round with Codrick Murphy and Aaron Pass scoring 88.5 points and 90 points, respectively. Sealing the deal for Talbert’s team was a bull from Scott Accomazo named Hurricane Ric. Corey Bailey mounted a courageous 6.09-second attempt on Ric, the third leg on Talbert’s record breaking team.  High Marked Bull for the night was a three-way tie between Hurricane Ric, Talbert’s Hippy Music, and Sellers’ Black Betty. All three received a 90.5 rank bull score. 

Action on CBRs Road to Cheyenne Tour continues next Saturday in Nevada at the Colorado River Chute Out presented by Laughlin Tourism — the inaugural event at the all-new Laughlin Event Center. 

MULVANE, Kansas – March 1, 2014 – The following are results from Championship Bull Riding’s Kansas Star Chute Out: 

First Round: 1, Aaron Pass, Kaufman, Tex., 90 points on Talbert Bucking Bulls’ Hippy Music. 2,(tie) Neil Holmes, Houston, Tex., and Sage Steele Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 89 each. 4, Codrick Murphy, Houston, Tex., 88.5. 

Semifinals: (two rides) 1, Sage Steele Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 91.5 points on Sellers Bucking Bulls’ Black Betty. 2, Eli Vastbinder, Statesville, N.C., 89.5. 

Shoot Out: 1, Aaron Pass, Kaufman, Texas, 92 points on Rawson Bucking Bulls’ Bet on Black. 2, Sage Steele Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 91.5.