Munsell wins $7K, Charlie 1 Horse Breakaway

June 25, 2018

Story provided by Julie Mankin/Ullman-Peterson Events

Annie Houston of Sutter, California, applied the heat to the high-call roper during the 2018 Charlie 1 Horse All-Girl Challenge Breakaway Roping in Reno on June 21, by winning the short round in 3.04 seconds. But Taylor Munsell of Harmon, Oklahoma, chased her last calf to the left and hung onto the lead with a 3.08 despite a field filled with world champs.

“This morning, I wrote my goals down in my phone, and they were to win every big roping and to win the 2018 Charlie 1 Horse Breakaway,” said Munsell.

She roped her three calves in 9.42 seconds to win the average and a record $7,090 plus the custom Cactus trophy saddle, buckle, and plethora of other BFI Week prizes. That total included $1,390 for topping all entries in the sidepot to qualify for RFD-TV’s The American rodeo this winter. The Charlie 1 Horse Challenge served as the first-ever qualifier for breakaway at The American Semi-Finals in 2019.

“It’s awesome they added breakaway to The American,” Munsell said. “To be the first qualifier into it is great. I’m really excited. I’m going to go try to get another qualification, too.”

Munsell had come from the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, last week, where she set the short-lived arena record at 1.8 seconds for Northwest Oklahoma State University. She hauled to Reno with Whitney DeSalvo, who’d broken her record in Casper the very next night for the University of Arkansas.

“This is one of the most prestigious ropings around,” said Munsell, who only entered the breakaway in Reno. “I knew Annie was going to rope tough, because I’d been watching her all afternoon. But I liked the pressure.”

All contestants received Charlie 1 Horse gift bags, Sherry Cervi shirts and many other goodies in addition to bottles of wine thanks to Purple Cowboy and the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” team-roping Wheatley family.

“I’ve never been to Reno,” said Munsell. “The facility is awesome, the announcers make it lots of fun; we even got to go to the rodeo.”

Munsell said she expects to put a portion of the $7,090 toward her “broke-down truck in the shop at home,” and to use the rest to “keep entering.” She’ll return to the Charlie 1 Horse All-Girl Challenge next year.

The following 10 women are the first to qualify for the 2019 RFD-TV’s The American Semi-Finals in Fort Worth:  Taylor Munsell, Annie Houston, Kelsie Chace, Abigayle Hampton, Tracey Bolich, Lydia Townson, Nora Hunt-Lee, Jimmi Joe Montera, JJ Hampton, and Kattie Wemple.  For more information, visit www.bfiweek.com.

Complete results from the 2018 Charlie 1 Horse Breakaway:

                                                                                         

First Round:  1. Annie Houston, 3.04 seconds, $800; 2. Taylor Munsell, 3.12, $400; 3. Bailey Kieckbusch, 3.12, $400; Second Round:  1. JJ Hampton, 2.41, $800; 2. Kelsie Chace, 2.63, $500; 3. Samantha Kerns, 2.66, $300; Short Round:  1. Annie Houston, 3.04, $500; 2. Taylor Munsell, 3.08, $300; Average:  1. Taylor Munsell, 9.42 seconds on three, $5,000; 2. Annie Houston, 9.54, $3,700; 3. Kelsie Chace, 10.07, $2,600; 4. Abigayle Hampton, 11.16, $2,300; 5. Janey Reeves, 11.63, $1,800; 6. Tracey Bolich, 11.91, $1,500; 7. Chelsey Bushnell, 12.29, $1,200; 8. Jayden Jensen, 12.65, $1,100; 9. Lilla Bell, 13.60, $900; 10. Lydia Townson, 13.87, $800. American Sidepot First Round:  1. Annie Houston, 3.04 seconds, $400; 2. Taylor Munsell, 3.12, $250; 3. Jackie Crawford, 3.26, $150; American Sidepot Second Round:  1. JJ Hampton, 2.41, $400; 2. Kelsie Chace, 2.63, $250; 3. Samantha Kerns, 2.66, $150; American Sidepot Short Round:  1. Annie Houston, 3.04, $250; 2. Taylor Munsell, 3.08, $100; American Sidepot Average:  1. Taylor Munsell, 9.42 seconds on three, $1,040; 2. Annie Houston, 9.54, $780; 3. Kelsie Chace, 10.07, $520; 4. Abigayle Hampton, 11.16, $260.