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Dec 13, 2019

The Brothers Kimzey

It’s been said that blood is thicker than water. The Brothers Kimzey can certainly attest to that. Both Sage and Trey qualified for the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the first time bull riding brothers have made it to Vegas together since 1990, when Philip and David Fournier finished 11th and 12th, respectively, in the world standings.

Sage and Trey are, without question, each other’s biggest cheerleaders. There’s also no question the two help each other out in myriad ways. But when asked how he supports Sage the most, Trey blurted out a rather unexpected first response.

“Driving!”

Driving? OK, please clarify.

“I drive during all the night,” Trey said. “I’m a night owl, so I stay up all night and drive, and he wakes up and drives all day.”

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Sage Kimzey, left, shares a thought with younger brother Trey Kimzey after Sage won the seventh go-round Wednesday at the Wrangler NFR. Sage and Trey are the first bull riding brothers to qualify for the NFR in the same year since 1990.
Seeing as how rodeo cowboys and cowgirls log ridiculous miles on the road every year, that’s actually pretty important. Sage is the five-time defending world champion, on the brink of a sixth straight gold buckle, so I suppose if he wraps this up Saturday night, he’ll have to say, “I’d like to thank my brother Trey, who, much like Rainman, is an excellent driver.”

Seriously, though, these two lean on each other a lot. And even though Sage is the veteran with all the world titles, while Trey is completing a successful rookie year on the PRCA tour, big brother says little brother brings plenty to the support table.

“More than anything, he just lights the fuse,” Sage said of traveling and competing with Trey. “The rodeo road can be long. Just to see the fire in his eyes, like it was in mine when I first started as a pro, it stokes my fire.”

So how does legend-in-the-making Sage help the Wrangler NFR newcomer?

“Honestly, I think it’s the whole mental side of it. I’d say the mental game is 85-90 percent of bull riding,” Trey said. “Obviously, Sage’s mental game is at an all-time peak. I try to learn off of that, pick up what I can.”

He clearly learned well, demonstrated by nabbing that 15th and final spot in the world standings to earn a trip to the Thomas & Mack Center. Sage is surely happy to be in Vegas for a sixth straight year, but it means just as much – and perhaps more – that Trey is here with him.

“I’m just super proud of him,” Sage said. “There’s no other way to put it.”