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Taos Muncy makes his move with Pendleton Round-Up win

PENDLETON, OR – Taos Muncy seems to be reaching top form at just the right moment.

A week after claiming the Justin Boots Playoffs in Puyallup, WA, Muncy broke through to win his first saddle bronc riding title at the Pendleton Round-Up to earn $5,973 and keep the pressure on world saddle bronc riding race leader Cody Wright.

With a 90-point ride on Korkow Rodeos’ Fraid Knot, Muncy won the short round and took the world-famous wild-ride-style victory lap across the grass aboard a broncy paint horse who actually tried to buck him out of his brand new Severe-made trophy bronc saddle.



“I was really excited to have that horse (Fraid Knot),” Muncy said. “He was great. He stayed close to the bucking chutes and stayed on the dirt. He went straight toward the grass, had a little change-up and bucked back toward the bucking chutes. The stock contractors bring great horses here. That always makes it fun.”

Muncy made the short round here last year for the first time. “This is one you have written down to win,” he said. “To be 90 is the greatest feeling in the world. This rodeo is so unique with the grass and the crowd. It’s scary out there on the grass at times. You don’t want to (get bucked off and) hit that grass. It might hurt.”



Muncy and Cody Taton arrived in Pendleton photo-finish style, just minutes before the cannon shot that kicks off the Round-Up right before the singing of the national anthem. “We drove all night from Albuquerque (NM),” Muncy said. “I’m sure glad we made it. This is one of the best years I’ve had. I’ve been healthy; I’ve been drawing good and having fun.

“When I came back with all the great bronc riders in the short round, I just wanted to get a check out of here. I had no idea I had a chance to win it. I watched this rodeo on TV when I was a kid. My knees are knocking. My legs are still weak. I’m speechless.”

The other 2011 Pendleton Round-Up champs were Steven Dent of Mullen, NE, bareback riding; Tyler Thiel of Belle Fourche, SD, tie-down roping; J.D. Hays of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, steer wrestling; Derrick Begay of Seba Dalkai, AZ, and Cesar de la Cruz of Tucson, AZ, team roping; Cody Scheck of Kiowa, KS, steer roping; Howdy Cloud of Kountze, TX, bull riding; and Nikki Steffes of Vale, SD, barrel racing. Steer roper Will Gasperson of Decatur, TX, who also team roped here with his 19-year-old son, Chance, was named the Pendleton Round-Up all-around champ with $7,627 in steer roping earnings. No cowboy placed in two events.

The $8,189 each that Begay and de la Cruz earned for their win in the team roping was enough to boost both of them into the world standings lead, $56 ahead of Clay Tryan and Travis Graves entering this week’s $724,688 Justin Boots Championships in Omaha.

The only other lead change to come out of Pendleton saw Kaycee Feild take over first place in the world standings from Will Lowe by finishing as the runner-up to Dent and earning $6,965.

PENDLETON, OR – Taos Muncy seems to be reaching top form at just the right moment.

A week after claiming the Justin Boots Playoffs in Puyallup, WA, Muncy broke through to win his first saddle bronc riding title at the Pendleton Round-Up to earn $5,973 and keep the pressure on world saddle bronc riding race leader Cody Wright.

With a 90-point ride on Korkow Rodeos’ Fraid Knot, Muncy won the short round and took the world-famous wild-ride-style victory lap across the grass aboard a broncy paint horse who actually tried to buck him out of his brand new Severe-made trophy bronc saddle.

“I was really excited to have that horse (Fraid Knot),” Muncy said. “He was great. He stayed close to the bucking chutes and stayed on the dirt. He went straight toward the grass, had a little change-up and bucked back toward the bucking chutes. The stock contractors bring great horses here. That always makes it fun.”

Muncy made the short round here last year for the first time. “This is one you have written down to win,” he said. “To be 90 is the greatest feeling in the world. This rodeo is so unique with the grass and the crowd. It’s scary out there on the grass at times. You don’t want to (get bucked off and) hit that grass. It might hurt.”

Muncy and Cody Taton arrived in Pendleton photo-finish style, just minutes before the cannon shot that kicks off the Round-Up right before the singing of the national anthem. “We drove all night from Albuquerque (NM),” Muncy said. “I’m sure glad we made it. This is one of the best years I’ve had. I’ve been healthy; I’ve been drawing good and having fun.

“When I came back with all the great bronc riders in the short round, I just wanted to get a check out of here. I had no idea I had a chance to win it. I watched this rodeo on TV when I was a kid. My knees are knocking. My legs are still weak. I’m speechless.”

The other 2011 Pendleton Round-Up champs were Steven Dent of Mullen, NE, bareback riding; Tyler Thiel of Belle Fourche, SD, tie-down roping; J.D. Hays of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, steer wrestling; Derrick Begay of Seba Dalkai, AZ, and Cesar de la Cruz of Tucson, AZ, team roping; Cody Scheck of Kiowa, KS, steer roping; Howdy Cloud of Kountze, TX, bull riding; and Nikki Steffes of Vale, SD, barrel racing. Steer roper Will Gasperson of Decatur, TX, who also team roped here with his 19-year-old son, Chance, was named the Pendleton Round-Up all-around champ with $7,627 in steer roping earnings. No cowboy placed in two events.

The $8,189 each that Begay and de la Cruz earned for their win in the team roping was enough to boost both of them into the world standings lead, $56 ahead of Clay Tryan and Travis Graves entering this week’s $724,688 Justin Boots Championships in Omaha.

The only other lead change to come out of Pendleton saw Kaycee Feild take over first place in the world standings from Will Lowe by finishing as the runner-up to Dent and earning $6,965.


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