PRCA's Taos Muncy finds groove, wins Sisters Rodeo again
June 5-9, 2019
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SISTERS, Ore. – Make it three for Taos Muncy.
The two-time PRCA World Champion Saddle Bronc rider now has three Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo titles on his résumé. Muncy captured his latest crown with an 86-point ride on Big Bend Rodeo's Major Huckleberry at the 2019 edition of the Sisters Rodeo, which concluded June 9.
Muncy won world titles in 2007 and 2011 and claimed titles in Sisters in 2015 and 2017.
And this trip on Major Huckleberry ended much better than the first time he climbed aboard the horse.
“I got on him one other time, I believe it was a couple of years ago and he tore my groin and ripped the rein out of my hand,” said Muncy, 31. “It was a bad deal. I’m just glad I rode him this time. The first time I got him I didn’t go with the right rein, I went pretty short. That horse is really big and strong, and he just jerked the rein out of my hand and kind of manhandled me. I talked to quite a few guys and they said to go with more rein, and he had a really nice day. He circled around there to the left and was everything a guy could ask for.”
Muncy entered the week 31st in the 2019 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $18,944 and with his win in Sisters he edged up to 23rd with $24,364. Muncy, who joined the PRCA in 2006, has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo seven times – 2008, 2010-13, 2015 and 2018.
“It’s really important to get a confidence boost like this at Sisters,” Muncy said. “I didn’t have a very good Finals and it has kind of been a struggle (this season). I’ve been home, and I’ve been working at it just trying to get my head ready. Any time you can be over 85 points you did something right. It feels good. We are fixing to be going to a bunch of rodeos now, and it’s nice to get the ball rolling (at Sisters). I’m ready to get rocking and rolling.”
A year ago, Muncy finished 15th in the world standings and placed in just one round at the Wrangler NFR – sixth in Round 6.
“It was just mental,” Muncy said about his poor performance in Las Vegas. “This is all I have been doing for a long time, but it is just rodeo. There are lots of ups and downs and you have to learn to deal with all of it. (To get back to the Finals), I just need to remember to have fun and remember why I do it.”
Muncy’s focus is the upcoming summer run.
“This is what you look forward to all year,” Muncy said. “You get to go to a rodeo every day in a different place, and you’re driving down the interstate and they are shooting off fireworks everywhere. You can’t beat it, and there’s a lot of money to go after.”
Muncy said leaving his home in Corona, N.M., and his wife, Marissa, daughter, Marley, 7, and son, Shooter, 3, is difficult.
“It’s tough being away from them, but I feel really fortunate because I get to do what I love to do,” Muncy said. “Also, when I’m home, I’m home completely. I don’t have a 9-to-5 job and be gone all day. I might be gone for two weeks, but when I’m home I’m with my family every day so I feel really fortunate and blessed.”
Other winners at the $155,934 rodeo were all-around cowboy Tyler Forsberg ($1,852, tie-down roping and team roping); bareback rider Tilden Hooper (87 points on Big Bend Rodeo's James Bond); steer wrestler Mike McGinn (8.9 seconds on two head); team ropers Dustin Bird/Trey Yates (5.2 seconds); tie-down ropers Westyn Hughes and Jake Pratt (19.3 seconds on two head); barrel racer Meka Farr (17.29 seconds); and bull rider Parker Breding (86 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo's
(Taken from the PRCA Press Release)