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Foltyn continues late-season surge in Albuquerque


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Bull rider Clayton Foltyn maintained his recent streak of dominance, splitting the win with Dustin Bowen at the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo. 

Riding on Sept. 12, Foltyn had to wait until Sunday to learn that his 87 points atop Hurst Pro Rodeo’s Captain Crunch eventually stood at the top of the leaderboard. Needless to say, Foltyn was pleased to win a rodeo he’s competed at for most of his career. 

“It feels good,” Foltyn said. “I’ve been to the (New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo) a lot of times, and I’ve placed a couple times and won the Xtreme Bulls, but this is the first time I’ve won the rodeo or split it.”

Foltyn became only the second cowboy to cover Hurst Pro Rodeo’s Captain Crunch this season, following Ty Wallace’s 83-point ride at the Western Stampede (Utah) in early July. Earning $4,221 for his work in New Mexico's capital city, the Texas cowboy credited the bull for doing his part.

“He was a pretty nasty bull,” Foltyn said. “He wasn’t that fun. He bucked hard and changed directions a bunch, and just tried to buck.”

The 32-year-old cowboy has been a winner more times than not of late, claiming bull riding wins at such high-profile rodeos as Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days, the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo and the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo. The three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER qualifier couldn’t pinpoint any specific reason for the recent elevation in his game. However, he knows exactly what all of these wins mean for those closest to him. 

“I'm just having fun,” Foltyn said. “I’m not worried about a whole lot other than trying to ride some bulls and make a living for my family.”

Other winners at the $158,796 rodeo were all-around cowboy Seth Hall ($1,782, tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Will Lowe (87 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo's Tino's Juarez), steer wrestler Rowdy Parrot (7.2 seconds on two head), team ropers Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill and Aaron Macy/Cody Hogan (10.1 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Audy Reed (85 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo's Multi-chem Forked Up), tie-down roper Cade Swor (15.1 seconds on two head), and barrel racer Tillar Murray (15.63 seconds).

For complete coverage of the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo, check out the Sept. 29 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.

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