Rookie of the Year Taylor Jacob Finds Her Groove in Round Three PDF Print E-mail
Written by Danika Kent   

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When Taylor Jacob journeyed from Carmine, Texas to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last year, it was to sit in the stands as a spectator. Tonight, the WPRA Rookie of the Year had the best seat in the house aboard Honor Thy Frenchman (“Bo”). The pair made their third trip down the alley of the Thomas and Mack Center Arena, second in tonight’s running order to finish first in the round.

 

Her 13.65-second run, worth $18,629.91, was one-hundredth faster than Sherry Cervi’s second round win and the fastest of the week so far. Running against one of the toughest fields the WNFR has ever seen, the humble rookie called the win “an honor.” taylorjacob3

“They told me when not even half of them were done to get on the grand entry horse and I said, ‘No, y’all are nuts! There are so many girls that can walk away with this, I am not jinxing myself!’ And there are, there are great horses and great riders. It’s an honor, really.”

Honor Thy Frenchman is an 8-year-old gelding by Frenchmans Feature out of Honey Ofa Jet, by Jet of Honor, and will carry Jacob throughout the week in lieu of her crossing the stage at Texas A&M University. Jacob is missing her graduation ceremony, but will have a major in communications and a minor in business and sports management at the end of the week, nonetheless.

NFR sophomores Kaley Bass on Wonders Cowboy Dan (“Cowboy”) and Christy Loflin on Sheza Blazin Move (“Movin”) split second and third with  matching 13.83’s. With a pair of 13.87’s, Lisa Lockhart and the ever-consistent An Oakie With Cash (“Louie”) split fourth and fifth with Sherry Cervi, who continues to hold her ground as No. 1 in both the world standings and the average race on MP Meter My Hay (“Stingray”). Reigning World Champion Mary Walker and Perculatin (“Latte”) finished sixth.

 

Barrel Racing Results – 3nd Go Round:

1.    Taylor Jacob, Carmine, Texas, Honor Thy Frenchman, 13.65, $18,630
2/3. Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo., Sheza Blazin Move, 13.83, $12,921
2/3. Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., Wonders Cowboy Dan, 13.83, $12,921
4/5. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., An Oakie With Cash, 13.87, $6,310
4/5. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., MP Meter My Hay, 13.87, $6,310
6.    Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, Perculatin, 13.94, $3,005
7/8. Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, Slick By Design, 13.95
7/8. Jane Melby, Burneyville, Okla., First Down Perk, 13.95
9.    Shada Brazile, Decatur, Texas, Dial It Fast, 14.00
10.  Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., A Streak Of Rita, 14.07
11.  Jean Winters, Texline, Texas, Crickets Peppy Zan, 14.21
12.  Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M., NF French Tigger, 14.58
13.  Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas, Flos Heiress, 18.93
14.  Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas, Shes Free To Flame, 19.00
15.  Sabrina Ketcham, Yeso, N.M., Swivel Ta Fame, 19.10

Wrangler NFR Average Standings
Rank/Name/Aggregate/Aggregate Prize/Total NFR Eearnings

1.     Sherry Cervi 41.30/3 $0.00 $43,570
2/3.  Michele McLeod 41.82/3 $0.00 $14,724
2/3.  Jane Melby 41.82/3 $0.00 $6,010
4.     Lisa Lockhart 41.87/3 $0.00 $11.117.78
5.     Kaley Bass 42.10/3 $0.00 $20,733
6.     Shada Brazile 42.26/3 $0.00 $0.00
7.     Sydni Blanchard, 42.59, $0.00 $14,724
8.     Trula Churchill 46.82/3 $0.00 $6,310
9.     Mary Walker 46.86/3 $0.00 $14,123
10.   Christy Loflin 47.04/3 $0.00 $12,921
11.   Sabrina Ketcham 47.14/3 $0.00 $6,310
12.   Taylor Jacob 51.11/3 $0.00 $18,630
13.   Fallon Taylor 51.46/3 $0.00 $11,118
14.   Jean Winters 52.13/3 $0.00 $0.00
15.   Brittany Pozzi 60.75/3 $0.00 $0.00

Jack Daniel's World Rankings
Rank/Name/Season Winnings/NFR Earnings/Total World Earnings

1. Sherry Cervi $147,417.71 $43,569.71 $190,987.42
2. Mary Walker $137,115.47 $14,122.60 $151,238.07
3. Michele McLeod $109,590.66 $14,723.56 $124,314.22
4. Christy Loflin $105,042.13 $12,920.67 $117,962.80
5. Fallon Taylor $100,859.83 $11,117.79 $111,977.62
6. Sabrina Ketcham $100,217.15 $6,310.09 $106,527.24
7. Brittany Pozzi $94,225.26 $0.00 $94,225.26
8. Kaley Bass $87,514.54 $20,733.17 $108,247.71
9. Taylor Jacob $82,052.46 $18,629.81 $100,682.27
10. Lisa Lockhart $82,037.39 $11,117.78 $93,155.17
11. Jane Melby $76,264.66 $6,009.62 $82,274.28
12. Jean Winters $69,846.65 $0.00 $69,846.65
13. Shada Brazile $68,379.01 $0.00 $68,379.01       
14. Sydni Blanchard $68,143.59 $14,723.56 $82,867.15
15. Trula Churchill $66,725.53 $6,310.09 $73,035.62