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Taylor Jacob of Carmine, Texas, rounded the cloverleaf pattern in 15.64 seconds on Saturday night to win the barrel racing title at the Waller County Fair and Rodeo in Hempstead, Texas. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Taylor Jacob of Carmine, Texas, rounded the cloverleaf pattern in 15.64 seconds on Saturday night to win the barrel racing title at the Waller County Fair and Rodeo in Hempstead, Texas. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – One year ago this week, Taylor Jacob wasn’t even a rookie in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.

That changed by the second week of October. You see, Jacob placed at the 2012 Waller County Fair and Rodeo and a couple other events while in the try-out phase of ProRodeo – newcomers must earn at least $1,000 on their permit in order to qualify to become card-carrying members of the association.

It’s been a whirlwind of a ride ever since. Jacob returned to Hempstead for the final night of the fair’s rodeo, posting a 15.64-second run to win the title and collect the $2,037 first-place check. She is the 2013 Rookie of the Year and is heading to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as the No. 10 cowgirl in the world standings, having earned $81,808.

“It’s been absolutely amazing,” said Jacob, 23, of Carmine, Texas. “I started out just going (to rodeo) to see how it went, and it went good, so I decided to try to make the NFR. It kept going good, so I thought, ‘I not only need to make the NFR, but be in the top 10.”

Since the 2013 regular season ended Sept. 30, the Waller County Fair and Rodeo kick-starts the 2014 campaign; that means Jacob’s sophomore campaign is off to a fast start. That is a good thing to the somewhat road-weary cowgirl who has enjoyed very little time at home since the summer run began three months ago.

“This win is great,” she said. “I’m just 45 minutes from home. I get to go back home tonight. I haven’t been anywhere in a week; my horse had a little bit of a rest, so he was fresh.”

That horse has been the big reason behind Jacob’s phenomenal rookie season. Bo is an 8-year-old grulla gelding that has found a home in Carmine.

“He has an attitude,” Jacob said. “He’s really fast. When he’s on, it’s easy; it’s easy for him, and it’s easy for me.”

For now, she’ll spend the next couple of months keeping her and Bo in shape, preparing for the biggest run of her young life. Winning in Hempstead gives her plenty of confidence as she embarks on her quest to compete at ProRodeo’s grand championship.

Waller County Fair and Rodeo
Oct. 3-6
Hempstead, Texas
Bareback riding:
1. Steven Dent, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Real Deal, and Winn Ratliff, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s River Boat Annie, $2,172 each; 3. (tie) Luke Creasy and Austin Foss, 84, $1,148; 5. (tie) Bobby Mote and Kyle Bowers, 83, $492; 7. (tie) Matt Bright and Evan Jayne, 82, $287.

Steer wrestling: 1. Cole Edge, 3.6 seconds, $1,779; 2. Tyler Waguespack, 3.9, $1,472; 3. Stan Branco, 4.0, $1,165; 4. Termaine Debose, 4.2, $859; 5. Austin Courmier, 4.3, $552; 6. Jarret New, 4.6, $307.

Team roping: 1. Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero, 3.8, $2,335; 2. (tie) Ty Blasingame/Cole Davison and David Key/Jett Hillman, 4.4, $1,787 each; 4. Jesse Harville/Dustin Davis, 4.5, $1,421; 5. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 4.6, $1,117; 6. (tie) Casey Gattis/Scott Wilson and Tyler Waters/Richard Durham, 4.7, $660; 8. Quisto Lopez/Keagan Duncan, 4.8, $203.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Sam Spreadborough, 88 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Take the Plunge, $1,303; 2. Nick Laduke, 81, $987; 3. (tie) Kobyn Williams and Ty Kirkland, 80, $592; 5. (tie) Brady Nicholes, Cody Anthony and Bradley Harter, 79, $158.

Tie-down roping: 1. Scott Kormos, 7.5 seconds, $1.943; 2. (tie) Ryan Thibodeaux and Caleb Smidt, 7.8, $1,440 each; 4. Cody Sacula, 7.9, $398; 5. Braxton Laughlin, 8.2, $603; 6. Jade Conner, 8.3, $335.

Barrel racing: 1. Taylor Jacob, 15.64 seconds, $2,037; 2. Scamper Cole, 15.83, $1,746; 3. Mary Walker, 15.84, $1,455; 4. Shelley Morgan, 15.91, $1,261; 5. Jill Tanner, 16.04, $970; 6. (tie) Kimmie Wall and Ashley Mohon, 16.05, $679; 8. Tammy Fischer, 16.10, $388; 9. Kortney Fisher, 16.12, $291; 10. (tie) Nikki Steffes and Stevi Hillman, 16.15, $97 each.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Brady Garten, 10.1 seconds, $1,199; 2. Lawson Plemons, 10.3, $993; 3. Rocky Patterson, 10.4, $786; 4. Neal Wood, 10.5, $579; 5. (tie) Shay Good and Jason Evans, 11.0, $290 each. Second round: 1. Landon McClaugherty, 9.3 seconds, $1,199; 2.Joe Wells, 9.4, $993; 3. Bobby Joe Hill, 9.8, $786; 4. Bryce Davis, 10.1, $579; 5. (tie) Jason Evans, Marty Jones and Ralph Williams, 11.0, $193 each. Third round: 1. Mike Chase, 9.8 seconds, $1,199; 2. J.P. Wickett, 10.5, $993; 3. (tie) Ralph Williams and Walter Priestly, 10.6, $682 each; 5. (tie) Joe Wells, Darn Suit and Shane Suggs, 11.0, $193 each. Average: 1. Ralph Williams, 34.0 seconds on three runs, $1,799; 2. Walter Priestly, 35.6, $1,489; 3. Scott Snedecor, 36.3, $1,179; 4. Brady Garten, 37.4, $869; 5. Shane Suggs, 38.1, $558; 6. Neal Wood, 38.5, $310.

Bull riding: 1. Cooper Davis, 90 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s One Bad Cat, $1,377; 2. Stormy Wing, 88, $1,043; 3. (tie) Caleb Sanderson and Pistol Robinson, 87, $626; Corey Granger, 85, $292; 6. Dustin Bowen, 84, $207.

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