Munn’s win wraps up Steamboat rodeo |

Munn’s win wraps up Steamboat rodeo

Wyoming cowboy wins Pat Mantle

Julie Haskins leads her horse, Sadie, around a barrel Saturday night as she rode to wrap up her fourth season-long barrel racing championship at the final Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo performance of the season.

— Riding Spring Creek, in Steamboat slang, anyway, usually isn't a nerve-wracking affair. The local trail is known for its accessibility and is popular with hikers, joggers and mountain bikers of all fitness levels.

Nice. Not exciting.

Riding Spring Creek was a thrilling prospect to Brandon Munn's ears Saturday night, however, and the Wheatland, Wyo., saddle bronc rider rode the bucking horse to his third Pat Mantle Memorial Competition victory.

"That's a good horse, and I've been wanting to get on it for a while," he said. "It bailed out real hard and pulled on me, then sat down. You just have to treat a ride like that like any other bronc and not let any of the pressure get to you."

Munn collected $2,000 for the victory, in addition to $500 he won earlier in the night by taking the evening's regular saddle bronc competition. He also won a commemorative rifle in the Pat Mantle contest, the third such gun he's won in Steamboat for his bucking horse dexterity.

"I use one for hunting big cats around my place, and the other is a smaller caliber, so I just use it to dink around," he said about his Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo-financed arsenal as he appraised the newest addition. "This one looks like a good elk rifle."

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Munn was only one of nearly a dozen cowboys and cowgirls who celebrated the summer's final edition of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series with the championships Saturday night.

Many of the races for the season championship belt buckles came down to the very last performance of the 10-week, 20-show series.

Julie Haskins, of Maybell, managed to defend her title in the barrel racing without letting things get interesting. She entered the weekend in the lead — barely. She decided things by recording a blistering time in the final competition to win the weekend and sew up her second consecutive season championship.

"It felt pretty good," said Haskins, who credited her horse, Sadie, for a smooth and quick ride.

The belt buckle was Haskins' fourth, the most recent two coming 16 years after she won her first two, also in back-to-back fashion in the early 1990s.

"We come up here every year. I like to get younger horses started up here," Haskins said. "This is a great place to come. It's close for me, and it's always a great experience for the horse. Steamboat does a really good job."


Saddle bronc: Jake Griffin

Team roping: Clay Norell and Caleb Anderson

Steer wrestling: Shawn Mills

Bareback: Craig Wisehart

No. 11 team roping: Mitch Walz

Barrel racing: Julie Haskins

Bull riding: Lonny Graham

Tie-down roping: Cole Dorenkamp

All-around cowboy: Cole Dorenkamp