SAN ANTONIO, Tex. – San Antonio Rodeo fans were seeing double during the bull riding on Friday night.
There were two qualified rides in the first round of Bracket 4 and the winners have quite a bit in common. Both had 82-point scores, both contestants are named Clayton, and both have ties to Western Texas College in Snyder.
Clayton Foltyn was the first man to get a score on Frontier Rodeo’s bull named Sugar Ray. The second one was Clayton Sellars on another Frontier bull, this one called Black Ice. The duo jumped on the back of a horse, riding double for a victory lap after they tied for the win. They each earned $2,973 and are looking good to advance to the Semifinals.
Foltyn, from Winnie, Texas, joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in 2004 and has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) on three occasions. He is outside of the top 50 in the 2018 world standings, but a big win here would certainly move him in and give him an opportunity for another trip to Las Vegas to compete at rodeo’s championship event.
Sellars, who is 13-years younger than Foltyn, calls Fruitland Park, Florida home. He and Foltyn’s rise through the ranks of rodeo is very similar. They both competed at the National High School Finals Rodeo, then they each got scholarships to Western Texas College where Sellars is still a student. He is leading the rookie of the year race in the PRCA and this is his first qualification for the San Antonio Rodeo.
“I was really excited to get into San Antonio, especially my rookie year,” he said. “This is a big stepping stone in my career. Then to get to take a victory lap here, that was fun.”
The ambitious cowboy spends at least 20 minutes each day going over his goals and has big plans for his future. He has goals for the year and also sets new ones every two months. That is working well for him so far as he is currently third in the world standings and is looking good for his first trip to the NFR.
Last year’s champion here in the bareback riding is climbing his way up the standings to try to do that again. Tyler Nelson, from Victor, Idaho, was 84 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Night Fist to win $2,378. Nelson won $25,881 in the AT&T Center a year ago. With the money he won Friday night, and two more opportunities to compete, he will be a favorite to be among the top four that move onto the Semifinals.
There were two Wrights at the top of the leaderboard in saddle bronc riding. Eldest of the famous bronc riding family, Cody was at the top with an 82.5-point score on Andrews Rodeo’s Pretty Fly. Then his younger brother, Spencer, rode and eclipsed Cody’s score by three points. Spencer was 85.5 points on Lock and Load, another horse from the Andrews.
All of the contestants in Bracket 4 will have their second and third rounds of competition on Saturday with performances at 1 and 7:30. Semifinals qualifiers will be determined at the conclusion of Saturday evening’s performance.
Bracket 4, round 1 –
Bareback Riding: 1, Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho, 84 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Night Fist, $2,378. 2, Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, 81, $1,784. 3, Clint Laye, Pocatello, Idaho, 80.5, $1,189. 4, Morgan Wilde, McCammon, Idaho, 80, $595.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Jacob Shofner, Jasper, Texas, 4.2 seconds, $2,378. 2, Cole Edge, Durant, Okla., 4.4, $1,784. 3, J.D. Struxness, Milan, Minn., 4.5, $1,189. 4, Chance E. Howard, Cedarville, Ark., 4.8, $595.
Team Roping: 1, Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M., and Logan Medlin Tatum, N.M., 4.3 seconds, $2,378 each. 2, Aaron Macy, Post, Texas, and Wyatt Cox, Arroyo Grande, Calif., 4.6, $1,784. 3, Kaleb Driggers, Hoboken, Ga., and Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil, 4.8, $1,189. 4, Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C., and Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 5.0, $595.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 85.5 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Lock and Load, $2,378. 2, Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 82.5, $1,784. 3, Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla., 80, $1,189. 4, Cort Scheer, Douglas, Wyo., 79, $595.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 8.2 seconds, $2,378. 2, Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, 8.5, $1,784. 3, Kyle Lucas, Carstairs, Alberta, 11.0, $1,189. 4, Shank Edwards, Tatum, N.M., 11.4, $595.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Tracy Nowlin, Nowata, Okla., 14.02 seconds, $2,378. 2, Sydni Blanchard, Pueblo, Colo., 14.08, $1,784. 3, Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Fla., 14.10, $1,189. 4, Sammi Bessert, Grand Junction, Colo., 14.11, $595.
Bull Riding: (two qualified rides)1, (tie) Clayton Foltyn, Winnie, Texas, on Frontiers Rodeo’s Sugar Ray, and Clayton Sellars, Fruitland Park, Fla., on Frontier Rodeo’s Black Ice, 82 points, $2,973 each.