Saturday, June 25, 2016

Road warrior, champion rider meets family at Rodeo de Santa Fe

Taos Muncy is now riding for four.The 28-year-old saddle bronc rider from Corona, N.M., has seen his life change in oh-so-many ways since he started on the rodeo circuit in the mid-2000s. Where he once was a prodigy, Muncy now is a star on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, having earned more than $1.5 million and become a two-time saddle bronc world champion. But Muncy is more than just a name that stands apart in a crowded field of cowboys. He is also a father, twice over. The latest addition to the family of Taos and Marissa Muncy was born in May when they welcomed Shooter Muncy to the world. His family was at the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds on Friday night, as Taos Muncy made his annual appearance at the 67th Rodeo de Santa Fe. It was the one day Marissa, Shooter and daughter, Marley Muncy, could see him as he continued his road trip that will hit roughly 50 to 60 rodeos over the summer as he maintains his perch among the sport’s best riders in his chosen event. .. Still, Muncy knows that when the calendar hits June, he won’t see much of home for a while. In the past week, he and his team of four cowboys traveled from Reno, Nev., to Pecos, Texas, to Springville Ark., to Santa Fe. Moments after he rode Double Valley to an 80.50 score that topped the leaderboard at that point in the saddle bronc competition, Muncy and his group hopped into his van and took off for Reno again, where Muncy led that rodeo earlier this week. He’s making up for lost time since Shooter’s birth. Even with the late start to his season, Muncy is 12th in the PRCA saddle bronc standings with more than $25,000 won so far. He said he will be on the road for the most part until August, and then … “I’ll be home for the rest of the year,” Muncy said with a smile...more

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