**For Immediate Release**
Muncy brings back world title to Panhandle
By Ted Harbin
- Special to the Guymon Daily Herald on 12-17-07
LAS VEGAS – Another Panhandle cowboy is bringing home a world title.
Taos Muncy, a junior at Oklahoma Panhandle State, became just the third cowboy in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association history to have won a college championship and a world championship in the same season, handling the toughest bucking horses in the game in saddle bronc riding.
After winning the bronc riding at the College National Finals Rodeo in June, where he set an event record in the final round, Muncy then qualified for the National Finals Rodeo for the first time in his young career. Through 10 rounds of fierce competition, the New Mexico cowboy won $91,755, finishing the season atop the money list with $201,133.
“I was a nervous wreck every round,” said Muncy, who joined all-around hand Ty Murray (1989) and bull rider Matt Austin (2005) as the only cowboys to have won a college championship in the same year they won the gold buckle.
“I was just trying to hide it from everybody, and I just didn’t say anything. I don’t know what to say. I just got really lucky and drew good horses. I was just honored to be here riding with all my heroes,” Muncy told the PRCA.
Muncy also brought back to the Oklahoma Panhandle its 10th bronc riding world title, joining Robert Etbauer (2), Billy Etbauer (5), Tom Reeves and Jeffrey Willert. Robert Etbauer, Reeves and Willert are all Panhandle State alums.
Billy Etbauer, by the way, won the 10th go-round on Saturday night, marking the 47th time in his career that he’s won a round at the NFR. He’s won the 10th round several times in his 19 trips to ProRodeo’s grand stage, though confirmation on just how many times couldn’t be made.
All-around cowboy Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, became the first hand in 24 years to win ProRodeo’s Triple Crown by winning three events in the same year. Brazile won the steer roping championship a month ago during the National Finals Steer Roping in Hobbs, N.M., then clinched the all-around championship earlier this week. On Saturday night during the final round, Brazile clinched the tie down roping title.
Brazile, who lived in Gruver, Texas, a few years ago, now owns five all-around titles, two steer roping titles and a calf roping gold buckle. He is the only contestant in ProRodeo history to have qualified for the national finals in all four roping disciplines, heading, heeling, calf roping and steer roping.
All the top contestants will be in Texas County in less than five months for the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, which takes place the first weekend of May at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. It is the “Richest Rodeo in Oklahoma,” based on the amount of prize money doled out each year.