by ProRodeo.com | May 31, 2014
SPANISH FORK, Utah – Taos Muncy, a two-time PRCA gold buckle winner, stole the spotlight May 31 – in record-tying Wranglers Championship Challenge fashion.
The Corona, N.M., cowboy won the Spanish Fork Wrangler Championship Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, with an 88-point ride on Bar T Rodeo’s Big John before a capacity crowd of 8,400 at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds.
Cody Wright also had an 88-point ride at Rapid City, S.D on Feb. 4, 2014.
“I had never been on (Big John) before,” said Muncy, who won world titles in 2007 and 2011. “I almost fell off right out of (the chute), but then it felt really good and he kept bucking. It turned out to be a real nice ride and it worked out really good.
“He was a real nice horse and he probably got all the points, but when you draw a good one you have to try and do your part. You are bound to make mistakes, but I was just lucky to hang on to him.”
Muncy was second in the May 26 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings at $45,928 just behind leader Cody Wright at $47,384.
Muncy will have a chance to move ahead of Wright in the June 2 standings, thanks to collecting a $4,080 check at Spanish Fork.
“Any time you win, whether it is $500 or $50,000, a win is a win in my book,” said Muncy, 26. “It always helps your confidence when you’re riding against the best guys and you can beat them.”
Although Muncy had never been on Big John – he did get some advice about the bronc from his fellow competitors.
“My traveling partner Isaac (Diaz) had been on the horse before, and the Wrights had been on him, so I talked to them as well,” Muncy said.
The last couple of weeks Muncy has been busier outside the arena than in it.
“I’ve been home branding calves,” Muncy said. “I’ve been just trying to go during the weekends quite a bit before the summer … and during the summer I’m going to hit it really hard. I enjoy being with my family and I’m lucky to be doing what I’m doing.”
The other winners at the $124,000 rodeo were bareback rider Bobby Mote (87 points on Sankey Rodeo’s Pay Day), steer wrestler Casey Martin (4.2 seconds), team ropers Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn (5.2 seconds), tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett (7.5 seconds), barrel racer Lisa Lockhart (16.99 seconds), and bull rider Tim Bingham (87.5 points on Bar T Rodeo’s Buckaroo).
Courtesy of PRCA