Second and Third Generation Bull Riders Rule On Night One in Del Rio


Second and Third Generation Bull Riders Rule On Night One In Del Rio

37th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding sponsored by Ram Country of Del Rio and presented by

Bud Light


                DEL RIO, Texas – April 25, 2014 – A first time rider at the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding and a former Championship Bull Riding World Champion both scored season high 90.5 points earning them the win and the right to attempt the bounty bull for a shot at winning the Ram 2500 fully loaded diesel truck on night one, the Horizon Series division, of the 37th edition of the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding (GPMBR) sponsored by Ram Country of Del Rio and presented by Bud Light. 

Tuff Hedeman and Championship Bull Riding (CBR) delivered forty outstanding outs with only ten cowboys lasting the required eight seconds. Kritter Lamb’s 88 points in the first section would hold the lead until former CBR World Champion and 2012 GPMBR Champion Cole Echols would take over in section three with an 89.5 on Hou’s Willin from the Jaynes Gang. Midway through the fourth section Foltyn, whose grandfather and father both rode bulls, staked his claim and it wasn’t until the fifth and last section that the CBR rookie Codrick Murphy would challenge the veteran.

Codrick Murphy, Houston, Tex., and Clayton Foltyn, Winnie, Tex., held onto the lead, eventually ending in a tie forcing a splitting of the prize money and awards.  According to Foltyn, son of 1983 GPMBR Champion Lane Foltyn, he set a trap for his bucking opponent that didn’t work. “He usually goes out and turns to the left, but tonight he switched it up and I had to adjust”, said Foltyn just moments after his ride on Rajun JT, the only bucking bull on the roster that has attended every CBR event “On the Road to Cheyenne” televised tour.

But hot on his heels was Murphy who was excited to draw his rival, 846 Black Betty, and he also had a plan. “I have seen this bull since he was a baby, he grew up on the competitive bucking circuits and I have always wanted to get on him. Black Betty, owned by Sellers and Daniel, went the opposite direction tonight forcing Murphy to make the trip with the bull turning back against his riding hand thus making it more difficult for the second generation cowboy to stay balanced.

With first place honors tied at 90.5 the ruling of who would get to attempt the bounty bull would be decided by a coin toss. With television cameras filming, Codrick Murphy won the toss and the right to be the eleventh bull rider to attempt the unridden Penny Lover. At stake, the $50,000 canary yellow truck provided by Nick Khoury and Ram Country of Del Rio.  Murphy, who has been riding bulls for fifteen years, but is new to CBR competition was surprised by the strength of Benny Cude’s veteran bucker. Lasting just 4.5 seconds, Murphy had this to say about his attempt, “He was a lot stronger than he looks, fast too, I will be ready for him next time.”  

Murphy was not the only rider coming down early tonight. The Championship Bull Riders were pounded on by the rank bulls entered tonight in the bull team challenge portion of Championship Bull Riding’s Horizon Series event with only ten cowboys making the eight second whistle. The “other side of the ride” competition featured a two bull team that accumulates points for the bull’s score plus one point for each second the rider stays on the bull’s back.  Sellers and Daniel came out on top with both their bulls, 119W Stick and 846 Black Betty, being ridden for 90.5 and 90 respectively. The Oklahoma/Texas owned team won the two bull team competition with 191 points and collected the check for $10,687.00 for their bucking bull’s efforts.

Competition resumes tomorrow at the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding with the CBR tournament style format at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds, 2006 N. Main St., Del Rio, Texas with doors opening at 6:30 and the bull riding begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets still available at the ticket office.  

Del Rio, Tex., Results – 1. (tie) Codrick Murphy on Black Betty from Sellers and Daniel, and Clayton Foltyn on Ragin JT, representing Harris Bucking Bulls, 90.5 points each. 3. Joy Markiss, Stephenville, Tex., on Stick owned by Sellers and Daniel, 90 points. 4. Cole Echols, Frierson, La., on Hou's Willin from the Jaynes Gang/Noffsinger, 89.5 points. 

Del Rio Bull Team Challenge Results – 1., 191 Sellers and Daniels., Duncan, Okla., 2, 190.80 Mike Rawson, Martinsville, Tex., 3, 188.12, Nicole Porter, Palestine, Tex., 4, 187.53 Hurst/Baker, Lubbock, Texas   

For more information contact Leigh Ann Schroeder – 940.902.1112 - 

About Championship Bull Riding –

Located in the historic Stockyards of Fort Worth, Texas, Championship Bull Riding (CBR) is an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the very best elements of the sport. Under the direction of bull riding icon Tuff Hedeman, CBR has grown into an organization that works to put the best riders on the best bulls, delivering world-class qualified rides. Bull riders start in the Horizon Series earning points to move onto the elite Road to Cheyenne Tour.  The Road to Cheyenne Tour culminates in July in Wyoming at the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days where the world champion earns a $100,000 bonus. The CBR Bull Team Challenge is also part of the tour events where stock contractors bring their best bulls and compete for annual cash prizes that total over $1 million. Providing opportunities for contestants, stock contractors, fans and sponsors CBRR is featured at over 70 venues across the United States with national television programming on the Fox Sports Networks for 26 consecutive weeks beginning in May in prime time. For more information visit or call 817-626-BULL (2855).