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Muncy gets reenergizing win at WCC in Kissimmee

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Typically a horse named Bath Bubbles wouldn’t be expected to be very rank. But Taos Muncy found The Cervi Brothers Rodeo horse to be anything but relaxing at the Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots.

The two-time saddle bronc riding world champion rode Vitalix Bath Bubbles for 85.5 points to earn $4,000 toward the 2014 world standings and gain some confidence as he heads to his sixth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in two months.

“That’s a real nice horse; I saw him in Fort Madison and he had good timing and was really kicking hard,” Muncy said. “A lot was going on and I was just trying not to get slung off him. I’d have to say I think the horse got most of the points because he was a really good bucker and I was just along for the ride.”

Muncy is used to being near the top of the world standings, yet 2013 hasn’t gone according to the Corona, N.M., cowboy’s plans.

He will enter Las Vegas 11th and hadn’t had a big win in quite a while, but that all changed Oct. 5.

Taos Muncy Kissimmee Champions Challenge 2013“I can’t complain about my season because I’m going to Vegas, which I’m tickled about,” he said. “But I did mess up and miss out on a lot of horses this year; I’ve probably missed out more horses this year than any other in my career. The little stuff has killed me and that’s what I need to work on and fix it before I get to the Finals.”

There didn’t appear to be many chinks in his armor in Kissimmee, as Muncy was dominant aboard the wild bronc. He says the format of the WCC events is something he really enjoys.

“I really like how simple an event like this is; the highest score or best time wins and it’s a lot of fun to be able to get on some great stock,” Muncy said. “When you compete at an event that’s like a mini-NFR it gets the adrenaline pumping and we all want to ride for a lot of points.”

Although the $4,000 he pocketed Oct. 5 won’t count toward making up ground in the 2013 standings, it is a nice start to 2014.

“I know it’s obviously a long way to go, but to get $4,000 into the new standings already is nice,” he said. “And anytime you win, especially against these great guys, it’s a confidence booster.”

Other winners at the Silver Spurs Arena were bareback rider Seth Hardwick (84 points), steer wrestler Luke Branquinho (3.9 seconds), team ropers Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves (4.8 seconds), tie-down roper Brad Hartt (7.4 seconds), bull rider Trevor Kastner (86 points) and barrel racer Mary Walker (16.87 seconds).

[PHOTO] Two-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Taos Muncy got his 2014 season off to a great start by winning the Oct. 5 Wrangler Champions Challenge title in Kissimmee, Fla. He rode The Cervi Brothers’ Vitalix Bath Bubbles for 85.5 points in Silver Spurs Arena to beat second-place Chet Johnson by four points.
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