Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 | 1:58 a.m.
It’s been a big year for Texas native Taylor Jacob: The new barrel racer was named Barrel Racing Rookie of the Year by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and she’s in Las Vegas competing in her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV.
Jacob also won the 2013 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Rookie of the Year with winnings of more than $82,000 this year with her horse Bo.
Jacob answered my five-question Q+A via email before the 10-day 2013 WNFR.
How does it feel to be at your first Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas?
Being at the 2013 WNFR in Las Vegas is literally a dream come true. I have dreamed of running at the WNFR since I was a little girl. Getting to live out my dream is simply amazing.
All the contestants have worked so hard to qualify for the WNFR, putting in countless hours, so getting to compete at the WNFR also is very rewarding.
What is your main goal this year at the 2013 WNFR?
My main goal this year at the WNFR is to place in or win eight of the 10 rounds and to move up in the standing for the year-end.
Proudest accomplishment in 2013?
My proudest accomplishment of 2013 is making the WNFR as a rookie.
What do you like to do while you’re in Las Vegas besides compete?
While I’m not competing in Las Vegas, I enjoy relaxing at the Mirage. After the rodeo, I like to come back to the Mirage, watch reruns of the rodeo, enjoy the entertainment and dance!
New Year’s resolution and/or a goal for 2014?
My goal for 2014 is to do better both as a cowgirl and as an individual. I also would like to win a major winter rodeo in my home state of Texas.
The 10-day 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which started last Thursday, continues through Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV.
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