Travis Munro Secures Victory at RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo

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In an exhilarating start to his 2024 season, Travis Munro, with a fire in his heart, achieved a remarkable feat at the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo. The 30-year-old Australian cowboy is determined to etch his name in the history books as the first Australian to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in steer wrestling, and his performance at this event was a bold step towards that ambitious goal.

Munro’s journey to victory was no walk in the park. He began his campaign with a second and third-place finish before clinching the average with a total time of 14.7 seconds on three head, a feat that came with a prize purse of $5,909. His gritty determination and focus were evident, especially when he faced his third steer.

“I knew what I wanted to do,” Munro said, reflecting on his performance. “I didn’t get a great start, but I got a good start. I just had to really stay out of my own head and let the chips fall. He was a heavier, slower steer, and I just made a run on him, and it all worked out the way I needed it to, in my favor.”

While his 5.3-second run didn’t secure a top spot in that particular round, it was enough to earn him the coveted title. Interestingly, Munro wasn’t aware of his overall victory until after the competition.

“I honestly didn’t even know I’d won the average until afterwards. I thought I came in second, so I was pretty bummed out,” he admitted. “When I got told I’d won it, I was pretty excited. It’s the first ProRodeo buckle I’ve won in America actually, so it means a lot. It’s nice to get the first one out of the way, and I’m going to be making sure there’s plenty more to come.”

Munro’s journey to this triumph had its share of challenges. Last year, he was the runner-up for both the average and season-long honors at the Prairie Circuit showdown. However, Jacob Edler’s exceptional performance in winning both titles allowed Munro to secure a spot in the first NFR Open in July. It was a crucial turning point in his career.

“Before that week, I had negative $300 left in my account,” Munro revealed. “I’d been in a bit of a dry spell, and I won $15,000, and it gave me a shot at the NFR. I finished 18th in the world.”

Hailing from Queensland, Australia, the former rugby player had briefly returned to his homeland, where he expressed his unwavering determination to friends and family that he would return to the U.S. and claim victory at the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo.

Munro’s positivity and unyielding mindset shone throughout the season. “This year, my main goal was to get into the top 30 so I can go to all the winter rodeos and give myself a real good shot,” he said. “I wish I made the Finals, but I made my goal and gave myself a shot at the NFR. I think I’m the first Australian to be that high in the world steer wrestling PRCA | RAM World Standings at the end of the year. I had a good year, but it made me hungrier to know that I can actually do it.”

Travis Munro’s incredible journey from negative account balances to triumph at the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo serves as an inspiring testament to the resilience, passion, and determination of rodeo athletes. His victory is not just a personal milestone but a momentous achievement for Australian rodeo history.

In addition to Munro’s remarkable performance, other notable winners at the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo included the versatile all-around cowboy, Coleman Proctor, bareback rider Jayco Roper, team ropers Coleman Proctor and Logan Medlin, saddle bronc rider Jacob Benham, tie-down roper Cash Fuesz, barrel racer Tracy Nowlin, steer roper Cole Patterson, and bull rider Creek Young, each showcasing their extraordinary talent and commitment to the rodeo world.

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