2014 Wrangler NFR Recap: Rounds 1 thru 5

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December 9, 2014 by RAZERHORSE BLOG

Fallon Taylor and Babyflo (Flos Heiress) are making an impressive run for a gold buckle at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. After winning Round 1 in colorful fashion (Fallon wore a rainbow tie-dye outfit), they’ve continued to show up and get the job done.

Here’s a recap of rounds 1 through 5:

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Photo by Rodeo News

Round 1 – 1st Place
Although Fallon has made 51 runs in the Thomas & Mack Arena, this is the first time she’s claimed an NFR round win. She and BabyFlo’s time of 14.09 was far faster than the rest of the field, as the second fasted time was 14.20.

“I am completely stoked. I’m shooting for 5th every night and I’ll keep doing so and if the runs land me in first place that will be just fine with me. I couldn’t be happier.”

Round 2 – 11th Place
A little tough luck combined with poor ground conditions caused a slip and a hit barrel, for a time of 14.27+5. Eight contestants had penalties during this round.

The day after Round 2, the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association posted a comment saying, “The WPRA is concerned about the ground conditions at Thomas & Mack during the barrel race and has been actively talking with the WNFR Ground Representative both Friday and this morning. We have assurances that they are taking this seriously and will try to correct for tonight’s performance.”

Fallon caught everyone’s attention by wearing a helmet and showing kids that helmets are cool. She has continued to wear a helmet in each round.

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Photo by Cameron Gotta

Round 3 – 3rd Place
The ground conditions were better and the runs were starting to get faster in the third round. Fallon & Babyflo made a clean 14.05 second run, to win a check for $11,340.

After round 3, Fallon took the lead in the world standings with a total of $161,813.67 in earnings this year.

Photo by Larry Smith

Photo by Larry Smith

Round 4 – 1st Place
This round brought Fallon & Babyflo their second round win at the 2014 Wrangler NFR, with a time of 13.85.

“It’s the coolest thing ever. Two round wins means more to me than anything, especially after such a rocky year last year and putting in a lot of hard work when nobody was watching all the long hours in the practice pen with the blood, sweat and tears. To now be able to showcase all the hard work on such a national level is really rewarding and BabyFlo deserves all the credit.”

After this round, they’ve won $49,344.94 at the 2014 NFR.

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Photo by Cameron Gotta

Round 5 – 2nd Place
Fallon and Babyflo clocked a time of 13.85 again to put them in second place behind Michele McLeod. Wearing a pink outfit for Tough Enough to Wear Pink night, Fallon dedicated her run to her sister, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She also announced that she would be matching Diamonds and Dirt Barrel Classic’s donation of $100 for each competitor that wears a helmet at the NFR, donating her money to the charity K9S 4KIDS.

Round 5 put her in the lead for the Ram Top Gun Award, with a total of $64,363 in earnings at the 2014 NFR.

After the first round, Fallon said that they’re goal was to be 5th in each round. They are currently sitting second in the average, due to the hit barrel in round 2. There is only one barrel racer who has had clean runs on all five rounds.

Fallon credits their success this year to a complete re-training and an outlook that focuses on consistency. It’s easy for us to say, “Job well done ladies!”

Don’t miss Round 6 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, starting at 9 pm Central on CBS Sports.

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