By Amy Wilson
Taylor Jacob and Bo "Glittered like Gold" all the way to collecting the go-round win in Rd. 3 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. They ran the fastest time of the rodeo so far, 13.77 seconds. 'I'm really excited! I had a good feeling about tonight, and Bo has felt better than ever," Jacob said with a big smile.
Of course Jacob and Bo hold the arena record with the 13.37 they set back in 2013, so she knows what it feels like to be even faster. That might be why she described remembering tonight's run like this: 'It was a good run. I didn't think it was phenomenal by any means, but I knew it was pretty good."
PHOTO BY: Kenneth Springer
After hitting barrels in the two previous rounds, making a clean run was also good for Jacob. She took advantage of the opportunity to get in the Thomas and Mack this morning on her 10 year old buckskin gelding, which most likely had an impact on tonight's result. 'I asked him for a little extra step on the backside of the second because that had cost me good money the last two nights, so I think it helped," Jacob said as she talked about the barrel racing practice. 'It was a tune up and a reminder to go around them [the barrels]. I didn't do anything much this morning, I walked and trotted and just kind of gently reminded him, ‘Hey, you're doing great, but take just one more step and we'll be good'."
They also looked good during their run by wearing gold to support Nancy Hunter's NFR Glitter Like Gold to help fund research to cure childhood cancer. 'Nancy emailed us earlier this month and told us her personal story so we all got together and really want to support raising awareness for childhood cancer," Jacob said knowing that Nancy Hunter's son Colton is a childhood cancer survivor. Jacob was wearing a gold embellished shirt, gold earrings, and a gold feather in her hat. Bo even took part, 'Someone thought it was shavings in Bo's tail, but it was definitely gold feathers. We were both supporting the cause."
PHOTO BY: Kenneth Springer
Hunter's horse, Fuzz, ran with gold glitter handprints on his hip for all the children who are fighting or have fought a battle with cancer. And Hunter's custom gold hat, along with other items, will be auctioned to raise money for childhood cancer research.
Also cashing in on the gold tonight, was Cassidy Kruse with a 13.80 to earn second. She also sits second in the Ram Top Gun standings with over $63,000, and first in the Wrangler NFR Barrel Racing average standings. Current WPRA World Champion, Fallon Taylor, and first time Wrangler NFR qualifier, Carley Richardson, tied for third place with 13.83 second runs. Sarah Rose McDonald picked up fifth place for a 13.84 time. And the WPRA World Standings leader, Lisa Lockhart, claimed the sixth place money after running a 13.94. She now sits second in the Wrangler NFR Barrel Racing average standings.