December 5, 2014
As anyone remotely associated with horses or rodeo already knows, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo started last night. For those of you who haven’t watched the WNFR, it is the Super Bowl, the World Series and the Stanley Cup all rolled into one bucking, racing, western event.
Out of the thousands of cowboys and cowgirls in the United States, Canada and Brazil, only the top fifteen in each of the seven events qualify for the finals.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to two of the most colorful characters to compete in pro-rodeo in a long time.
First off is one of my favorite cowboys, saddle bronc rider, Wade Sundell. Wade is a five-time qualifier at the WNFR. Without a doubt, he rides saddle broncs as good as anyone in the world. Add his quirky personality to his inate riding ability, and you have a real cowboy.
Wade in his “dress jacket”
Each night during the opening ceremony, all of the contestants fill the arena, state by state. Here’s the horse Wade has chosen to ride. I’ll bet no one has a mount like the Iowan. His comment when questioned. “He’s a good horse, just doesn’t have much whoa.”
Fallon Taylor has a long history with the Women’s Pro Rodeo Assn. She qualified for the WNFR in 1995 through 1998 on two horses, Dr. Nick Bar, a stallion, and Flowers and Money, her mare. She took some time off, had some bad luck, but now she’s back in the number two spot on a colt from those two horses, Babyflo.
Fallon broke her C-2 vertebrae in her neck in a horse accident in 2009. In addition to barrel racing she has also been a New York model and was the Axe body spray girl, and made appearances on several TV shows including Two and a Half Men.
With her colorful outfits and her never-ending smile, Fallon is not only a bright spot at the Finals, she’s one of the toughest cowgirls on the road.
Wade Sundell and Fallon Taylor prove if you have enough try, you can do anything, and do it your way.
Who is your favorite cowboy or cowgirl at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo?