Heading into the final two performances of the Sandhills Stock Show and Rodeo in Odessa, Texas, a couple of once-young world champions are leading the way in the bucking horse riding events.
Both bareback rider Will Lowe and saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy were just 20 years old when they won their first gold buckles, Lowe in 2003 and Muncy in 2007. Lowe added world titles in 2005-06 and has nine qualifications to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to his credit.
Muncy has made three trips to the NFR over the last four years. He won the world title in just his first qualification to ProRodeo’s grand finale and was less than six months removed from winning the college bronc riding title.
Lowe scored 85 points Thursday night in Odessa to take the lead, while Muncy’s 84 from Wednesday night remains in the top spot. The champions in each event will be crowned after Saturday’s final performance.