The Bartholow Brothers
Matt has always had a passion for trapshooting and helping the trap community shoot better, and has a lot of fun doing so.
Matt has several titles under his belt and to some undoubtedly one of "The Greats", but don't let that intimidate you, he's one of the most respectful shooters around.
After the trapshooting season is over, Matt enjoys time in the field hunting doves and geese (although not quite to the extent that Foster does).
Matt is happily married to his wonderful wife, Kerry. Their son Wyatt, is "The coolest kid around"
Matt is a man of many interests outside of the shooting and hunting world as well. He loves movies, books, games and music (especially heavy metal)!
Matt enjoys his work doing gun and metal engraving. He says "its really cool being able to take others ideas and designs, and making it a reality that they can enjoy for a lifetime."
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Foster has always had a passion for shooting and outdoor sports. He continues his passion by helping others with shooting techniques, and getting kids into hunting.
If you ever get into a conversation with Foster about anything hunting, archery, or trapshooting related...you know that usually turns into an hour or two of a fireside chat with stories and hunting tales.
Foster is happily married to his beautiful wife, Taylor.
After the trapshooting season is over, Foster enjoys time in the field for dove, waterfowl, upland and big game hunting with friends and family. In the spring months, you can expect Foster to be in the field somewhere hunting snow geese or turkeys, or prepping for the upcoming trapshooting season.
Foster works at American Family Insurance selling home, auto, farm/ranch, and life insurance. He also guides turkey hunters for a few weeks in the spring at The Turkey Track Club located
in the Black Hills of SD.
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Our story simply started out by Foster picking up a flyer at our school about tryouts for the local shooting team.
Both Matt, Foster, and Buddy (dad) had a passion for the outdoors, so they went to check it out.
Matt and Foster were both recognized quickly with their shooting skills, and both made the Rapid City SCTP team. With help of their coach, John Bracken, they and three other shooters won the SD SCTP state title, and continued on all the way to the top when they won the 2006 SCTP National Title.
Matt and Foster continued shooting in the ATA (Amateur Trapshooting Association) independently. Both their talents were getting more recognized by other shooters, but in 2008, the Bartholow name was quickly recognized as Foster went into the longest shootoff in history with undoubtedly one of the "greats" in trapshooting history, Leo Harrison III, for the Singles Clay Target Championship.
Both shot 200x200 in the event, and an extra 900x900 in shootoff before the president of the ATA came out on the last afternoon of the Grand American to ask the gentlemen if they would have the honor of sharing the CTC as Co-Champions after a remarkable 1,100 x 1,100 each..they both graciously accepted, and another record in the history books as the first ever to share a co-championship at the Grand.
At that same shoot at the Grand American in 2008, Matt won the Doubles Championship in the Jr Category.
Fast forward to 2011, Matt won the Grand American Doubles Championship in a battle of talent with many of the best doubles shooters in the world. That same year, Foster won the Preliminary Hardicap Championship with the lone 100x100 from the 27 yard line.
The Bartholow Brothers were quickly recognized as top-tier shooters, and with the help of sponsors, they accelerated their game by shooting more and structuring FREE shooting clinics throughout the US to start giving back to the shooting community.
Over the last several years, the Bartholow Brothers reputation and achievement list continued to grow. Matt has continued to grow his name on the top of the list, and holds the second long run in registered doubles with 910 broken doubles targets in 2017/18. He also holds the record for the second longest run in singles with an 1,840 consecutive registered targets broken. Matt won the 2600 HOA in 2019 with a 2553/2600 at the Grand American, that same title in 2017 with 2556/2600, and won runner up in 2018 and 2012 with 2551/2600 and 2525/2600. Foster has a long list of notable accomplishments as well,
winning the Winchester Super 500 Singles at the Grand in 2008 and 2009, and many other titles at the Grand American Trapshoot.
The biggest accomplishment to them has been noted as one of the most recognized family for giving back to the community. Buddy and Char (parents), have done so much for not only their sons, but also for the trapshooting community by helping others, giving their time graciously, and making sure that this sport is better now than when their sons got into trapshooting, all without ever asking anything back for themselves, but rather growing the sport.
We encourage everyone to give back by helping out youth shooters, introducing the sport to someone new, or donating to shooting groups when possible to make the sport continue to grow.
It all starts with something as simple as a flyer and a dream..