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Muncy shows gold-buckle form with win at San Juan Capistrano

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Taos Muncy was 20 years old when he won his first saddle bronc riding gold buckle in 2007, and he concedes that he probably didn’t have a full appreciation of what he’d accomplished.

Even with a world of talent – and Muncy has that – there are other things that come into play. He’s lost big chunks of two seasons to injuries, so he now knows more fully how important it is to stay healthy. Then there is the luck of the draw, the strain of being on the road 200 days a year, of setting your schedule and managing your money.

“When I won the first time, I didn’t really think I had a shot going against all these guys who I look up to,” Muncy said. “Now I realize how hard it is to get one, and it makes me want to work to win another one. I’m a little more serious now. I’m working harder than ever. I try to go to each rodeo and concentrate on doing my work.”



For a snapshot of just how this newly refocused Muncy is doing, this Aug. 25-29 weekend will do nicely. Muncy had an 88-point ride on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Sacred Sacrifice to win the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA, and shared the title at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede in Bremerton, WA.

These were the two biggest rodeos of the weekend (Rancho Mission Viejo is the richest two-day rodeo on the PRCA schedule at $185,189), and the Corona, NM, cowboy won at least a share of the title at both to bank a total of $10,850 and move from eighth to sixth in the world standings.



“I couldn’t ask for a better weekend,” Muncy said. “The whole year has been really good, actually. I think I’ve done better in the bigger rodeos (he’s fifth in the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour standings) than I ever have. I’ve won a few rodeos (seven), but mostly I’ve been pretty steady at winning checks. I drew good horses everywhere I went this weekend, and I was just feeling confident about everything.

“My goal going down the stretch is to get myself into the top five before we get to the Wrangler NFR. I feel like I’d have a better chance (for another world title) if I start the NFR in the top five.”

There were two repeat champions at Rancho Mission Viejo. Bareback rider Ryan Gray won with an 86-point ride on Big Bend Rodeo’s Cajun Queen, the same score he had when he won last year. Header JoJo LeMond won the team roping with Cory Petska in 4.4 seconds, following his win a year ago with Randon Adams.

The other champions were steer wrestler Luke Branquinho (4.1 seconds), tie-down roper Nate Baldwin (7.4 seconds) and bull riders Tag Elliott and Ted Bert (78 points each). There was no barrel racing competition.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Taos Muncy was 20 years old when he won his first saddle bronc riding gold buckle in 2007, and he concedes that he probably didn’t have a full appreciation of what he’d accomplished.

Even with a world of talent – and Muncy has that – there are other things that come into play. He’s lost big chunks of two seasons to injuries, so he now knows more fully how important it is to stay healthy. Then there is the luck of the draw, the strain of being on the road 200 days a year, of setting your schedule and managing your money.

“When I won the first time, I didn’t really think I had a shot going against all these guys who I look up to,” Muncy said. “Now I realize how hard it is to get one, and it makes me want to work to win another one. I’m a little more serious now. I’m working harder than ever. I try to go to each rodeo and concentrate on doing my work.”

For a snapshot of just how this newly refocused Muncy is doing, this Aug. 25-29 weekend will do nicely. Muncy had an 88-point ride on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Sacred Sacrifice to win the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA, and shared the title at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede in Bremerton, WA.

These were the two biggest rodeos of the weekend (Rancho Mission Viejo is the richest two-day rodeo on the PRCA schedule at $185,189), and the Corona, NM, cowboy won at least a share of the title at both to bank a total of $10,850 and move from eighth to sixth in the world standings.

“I couldn’t ask for a better weekend,” Muncy said. “The whole year has been really good, actually. I think I’ve done better in the bigger rodeos (he’s fifth in the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour standings) than I ever have. I’ve won a few rodeos (seven), but mostly I’ve been pretty steady at winning checks. I drew good horses everywhere I went this weekend, and I was just feeling confident about everything.

“My goal going down the stretch is to get myself into the top five before we get to the Wrangler NFR. I feel like I’d have a better chance (for another world title) if I start the NFR in the top five.”

There were two repeat champions at Rancho Mission Viejo. Bareback rider Ryan Gray won with an 86-point ride on Big Bend Rodeo’s Cajun Queen, the same score he had when he won last year. Header JoJo LeMond won the team roping with Cory Petska in 4.4 seconds, following his win a year ago with Randon Adams.

The other champions were steer wrestler Luke Branquinho (4.1 seconds), tie-down roper Nate Baldwin (7.4 seconds) and bull riders Tag Elliott and Ted Bert (78 points each). There was no barrel racing competition.


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