| Taos Muncy at the Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva this fall. – Dale Hirschman photo
**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Cowboy Wins World
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 12-17-2007
by Laura Hays
Las Vegas, Nev. - After winning the College National Finals Rodeo saddle bronc championship in Casper, Wyoming this past June, Oklahoma Panhandle State University student Taos Muncy set a higher goal - winning the world at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this past weekend. He knew he needed a great ride in the 10th and final round.
Following his 8 second ride in the Thomas Mack Arena Saturday night, Muncy jumped off his bronc with his signature style, landing on both feet. His usual broad smile was absent. He knew his 80.5 point ride aboard Millers Wheel would not be enough to win him some round money and edge him to the top of the world championship.
In a sport where the luck of the draw can crown or unseat a champion, Muncy knew chance was on his side when one of his two closest competitors missed his horse out of the chute, resulting in a no score, and then the other bucked off.
It wasn’t just luck, though, that won him the championship. Although he failed to cover his horse in round one, he turned in some solid performances later in the week, winning first place in rounds five, seven, and nine plus second in the average.
Congratulations to the Corona, New Mexico cowboy!