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Foltyn scores biggest win in years

RENO, Nev. --- The PRCA Seminole Hard Rock Xtreme Bulls Tour, presented by B&W Trailer Hitches, kicked off the 91st edition of the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West” in Reno, Nev. The Thursday-night event hosted forty of the world’s best bull riders chasing a $40,000 purse, including former PRCA world champions Cody Hancock, Dustin Elliott, B.J. Schumacher and Wesley Silcox.

In the first round, four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier and two-time Reno Xtreme Bulls champ Steve Woolsey of Payton, Utah, climbed aboard Growney Rodeo’s bull Touch Of Class to put up 87 points for first.

But Woolsey couldn’t hold on for another score.

Instead, electrifying the crowd during what announcer Bob Tallman called one of the decade’s best Xtreme Bulls contests was El Campo, Texas all-around cowboy Clayton Foltyn. In the top-12 short round, 25-year-old Foltyn combined with Growney Rodeo’s bull Necessary Evil for 90.5 points and roughly $11,000.Foltyn’s Mom, who is a flight attendant just happened to be on layover in Reno to watch.
“Tyler Smith said he was really good, and he’s my traveling partner,”

Foltyn said. “And that bull did exactly what he said.”
Foltyn said he “just got lucky” in covering the black bull that came out in a fast right-hand spin into his hand, but when he’d won the Xtreme Bulls here in 2008, the bull had gone left.

This year in addition to a trophy buckle, the 2004 PRCA Rookie of the Year won an electric guitar from Seminole Hard Rock, and joked about joining Guns ‘N Roses.
“My year started off to where I couldn’t ride a car with all the doors shut,” he said. “In fact, this is the first time I’ve done well at an Xtreme Bulls since I won this one two years ago.”
Foltyn spent most of last year trying to recover from surgery on his hand and an injury in which he tore his groin muscle away from the bone.

The Xtreme Bulls action from Reno will air on ESPN2 on July 10. Reno marked the seventh stop on this year’s 10-event Xtreme Bulls Tour, which offers a combined purse of $530,000 that counts toward the PRCA world standings and qualification to the 2010 Wrangler NFR. The tour finale is scheduled for Sept. 4 in Ellensburg, Wash.
The Xtreme Bulls event and the rodeo that follows over 10 days launches the PRCA’s big summer Independence Day run each summer. More than 700 contestants will compete and roughly 135,000 fans will watch the rodeo, which is a Gold stop on the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour presented by Justin Boots.

The rodeo is accompanied this week by the World’s Greatest Roper contest on Sunday, the Bob Feist Invitational on Monday and the Reno Rodeo Invitational on Tuesday. A carnival, parade, concerts at local venues and other events add to the excitement in the “Biggest Little City in the World.”

Tickets range from $12 to $25 and are available at www.renorodeo.com or by calling 800-225-2277. For more information, please call 775-329-3877.

RENO, Nev. --- The following are results from the PRCA Seminole Hard Rock Xtreme Bulls at the Reno Rodeo, June 17, 2010.

First Round:  1, Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah, 87 points on Growney Rodeo’s Touch Of Class, $4,230. 2, Chad Denton, Berry Creek, Calif., 86.5, $3,243. 3, Chance Smart, Philadelphia, Miss., 86, $2,397. 4, Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 85, $1,551. 5, Chris Roundy, Panguitch, Utah, 83.5, $987. 6, Clayton Foltyn, El Campo, Texas, 82, $705. 6, Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah, 80.5, $564.

Short Round:  1, Clayton Foltyn, El Campo, Texas, 90.5 points on Growney Rodeo’s Necessary Evil, $3,102. 2, Chad Denton, Berry Creek, Calif., 85, $2,350. 3, Chris Roundy, Panguitch, Utah, 77, $1,692.

Average:  1, Clayton Foltyn, El Campo, Texas, 172.5 points on two head, $7,050. 2, Chad Denton, Berry Creek, Calif., 171.5, $5,405. 3, Chris Roundy, Panguitch, Utah, 160.5, $3,995. 4, Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah, 87 points on one, $2,585. 5, Chance Smart, Philadelphia, Miss., 86, $1,645. 6, Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 85, $1,175.  7, Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah, 80.5, $940.

 

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