Clayton Foltyn claims Montgomery crown

PRCA Photo by John Moon

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The moment certainly wasn’t too big for bull rider Clayton Foltyn.

The three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier had all his skills on display as he had a 91-point ride on Frontier Rodeo's Kathmadu to win the Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo (March 17-19).

“Everything was kind of touch and go,” Foltyn said about his ride which happened on March 18. “It sure wasn’t no day off, but it was a lot of fun.”

Foltyn left Garrett Coliseum with $4,145 in winnings. He was 34th in the March 15 PRCA world standings with $9,398. Foltyn made trips to the WNFR in 2005, 2011 and 2015.

“I’ve seen that bull for four or five years now,” Foltyn said about Kathmadu. “He’s an older bull, but he still doesn’t get rode a lot. (Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame bull rider) Donnie Gay gave me a little bit of advice and told me word for word how the ride was going to go and sure enough, it went that way.”

When Foltyn made the whistle, he knew it was a special ride.

“I jumped off and I was happy,” Foltyn said. “I knew I was fixing to be a lot of points. One my buddies (Roscoe Jarboe) was 89 points a couple of bulls right before me and it was just a heck of a rodeo. Pretty much every time Frontier Rodeo puts on a rodeo, if you do your part you have a chance to win some money.”

Frontier Rodeo was voted 2015 PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year. 

Foltyn said this is the first time he has won the SLE Rodeo in Montgomery. His 91-point ride was one point off the Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo bull riding record of 92 points set by Clint Craig in 2003.

“It’s awesome that I won this rodeo,” Foltyn said. “My grandpa (Dickey Cox) won this rodeo in 1963, so it is cool to join him. This also is the first time I’ve ever had any success at this rodeo.”

Cox, a four-time National Finals Rodeo qualifying bull rider, passed away March 20, 2015. Cox qualified for the NFR in 1963-64, ’68 and ’70. His best season in the Rodeo Cowboys Association, a precursor to the PRCA, was in 1963 when he was the reserve world champion behind gold buckle winner Bill Kornell. Cox’s other best finishes came in 1964 (sixth), 1968 (13th) and 1970 (ninth).

A year ago, Foltyn finished a career-best fifth in the bull riding standings with $183,957. He had a superb WNFR in Las Vegas, collecting $118,731, thanks to winning Rounds 2 and 9 and placing in two other rounds.

Other winners at the $91,523 rodeo were all-around cowboy Tim Pharr, ($1,786, tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Wyatt Denny (83 points on Frontier Rodeo's Cash Deal), steer wrestler Gary Gilbert (4.2 seconds), team ropers John Alley and Clark Adcock (8.5 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (88 points on Frontier Rodeo's Medicine Woman), tie-down roper Randall Carlisle (7.8 seconds), and barrel racer Tiany Schuster (14.33 seconds).


Southeastern Livestock Exposition

Montgomery, Ala., March 17-19

All-around cowboy: Tim Pharr, $1,786, tie-down roping and team roping.

 

Bareback riding: 1. Wyatt Denny, 83 points on Frontier Rodeo's Cash Deal, $4,251; 2. Chad Rutherford, 81, $3,259; 3. (tie) Teddy Athan and Trenten Montero, 79, $1,984 each; 5. Clayton Biglow, 78.5, $992; 6. Anthony Thomas, 76.5, $709; 7. Luke Creasy, 76, $567; 8. Blade Elliott, 75, $425. 

 

Steer wrestling: 1. Gary Gilbert, 4.2 seconds, $1,903; 2. Levi Rudd, 4.5, $1,654; 3. Chance Howard, 5.5, $1,406; 4. Will Lummus, 5.6, $1,158; 5. Cody Sullivan, 5.7, $910; 6. Juan Alcazar Jr, 6.0, $662; 7. Joshua Moore, 6.1, $414; 8. Marcus Theriot, 6.4, $165. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 4.1 seconds, $1,021 each; 2. (tie) Joe Beaver/McCoy Profili and Justin Johnson/Wesley Barlow, 4.8, $638 each; 4. Cory Kidd V/Clint Summers, 4.9, $255. Second round: 1. Dustin Egusquiza/Brad Culpepper, 3.5 seconds, $1,021 each; 2. Cory Kidd V/Clint Summers, 3.9, $765; 3. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 4.4, $510; 4. Garrett McDonald/Tyler Thornton, 4.6, $255. Average: 1. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 8.5 seconds on two head, $1,531 each; 2. Cory Kidd V/Clint Summers, 8.8, $1,148; 3. Joe Beaver/McCoy Profili, 9.6, $765; 4. Bradley Massey/Kyle Lawrence, 10.1, $383. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Zeke Thurston, 88 points on Frontier Rodeo's Medicine Woman, $4,174; 2. (tie) CoBurn Bradshaw and Sterling Crawley, 87.5, $2,782 each; 4. (tie) Tyrel Larsen, Jacobs Crawley, Brady Nicholes and Jesse Wright, 87, $939 each; 8. (tie) Charlie Kogianes and Taos Muncy, 85.5, $209 each. 

 

Tie-down roping: 1. Randall Carlisle, 7.8 seconds, $2,054; 2. Tim Pharr, 8.0, $1,786; 3. Ben Mayworth, 8.1, $1,518; 4. Polo Bacque II, 8.2, $1,250; 5. Zac Wilson, 8.3, $982; 6. John Douch, 8.8, $714; 7. Brad Hartt, 8.9, $447; 8. Cooper Martin, 9.1, $179. 

 

Barrel racing: 1. Tiany Schuster, 14.33 seconds, $2,071; 2. Kristen Darnell, 14.38, $1,775; 3. Mary Lawrence, 14.40, $1,479; 4. Kassidy Lantis, 14.43, $1,282; 5. Taylor Carver, 14.48, $986; 6. (tie) Julie Thomas and Heather Clemons, 14.49, $690 each; 8. Christy Honsberger, 14.50, $394; 9. Donna Martin, 14.51, $296; 10. Kyndal Schley, 14.54, $197. 

 

Bull riding: 1. Clayton Foltyn, 91 points on Frontier Rodeo's Kathmadu, $4,145; 2. Roscoe Jarboe, 89, $3,178; 3. Rocky McDonald, 88, $2,349; 4. Reagan Avery, 87.5, $1,520; 5. (tie) Freeman Yoder and Tim Bingham, 85, $829 each; 7. Michael Riggs Jr., 84.5, $553; 8. Casey Huckabee, 83, $415. 

 

Total payoff: $91,523. Stock contractor: Frontier Rodeo. Sub-contractor: Silver Creek Rodeo. Officials: Joe Bob Locke, Buddy Reynolds and Ken Dunn. Timers: Jen Jeanes and Terri Gay. Announcers: Andy Stewart and Don Gay. Bullfighters: Blue Jeanes and Darran Robertson. Clown/barrelman: Lecile Harris. Flankmen: Heath Stewart and Matt Williams. Pickup men: Rex Bugbee and Shawn Calhoun. Photographer: John Moon. Music director: Mark Evans.