Wyoming Bull Rider is proving that he is a true Savage

Published: Jul. 28, 2022 at 8:38 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The last ten years for Clayton Savage have been up and down, to say the least.

A decade ago, he was in the National Finals Rodeo. Over 60 injuries and one diagnosis of epilepsy later, he’s trying to return to that spot.

“It does suck having to sit out, you know? I guess the good thing about it is you’re watching all your friends win, you’re at home and you can’t do nothing about it, for myself I just start craving it more,” said Savage.

On Clayton’s road to recovery, he ran into a familiar face that would change the next year of his life. Morgan Law graduated with Clayton from Kelly Walsh High School, and saw his story as too large to let go unnoticed.

Law said, “I took my family to a rodeo and they met him. He was still riding bulls, which I couldn’t believe, and my husband was like ‘this guy is amazing, he’s so genuine, he’s so inspiring, someone should make a movie about him.”

They’ve now traveled on the road together for months now, with the path bringing them back to the Cowboy State, and now competing at Cheyenne Frontier Days.

“My first rodeo here, I came here it was ‘07 and it’s 2022 now and it feels like it was the same feeling then as it was when I walked in here,” Savage recalled.

Clayton managed to score an 86 during Tuesday’s Bull Riding event, pushing him forward to the next round. But the story is far from over.

" No bull rider has made it and gone ten years without making it back to the finals. So, showing all of the obstacles that he’s gone through, and what he’s overcome, and for him to come back and fight for ten years and make it to the finals and do well there, that would be the perfect ending,” said Law.

Clayton will compete again on Friday and continue his push towards Championship Sunday.

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