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By JimiBeth Myers

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Jessica Routier Wins Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award Winner
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The Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award is presented by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, which is only given at the National Finals Rodeo and at the finals of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. The award’s namesake, a 1986 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame honoree, was a flamboyant trick rider and roper who was known for her sense of style.

At the WNFR rodeo fans vote each round for the barrel racer that they feel was the best dressed.  These votes are tallied and the winner is honored with a cash award of $5,000 and a plaque, plus their name is added to a plaque of winners at the National Cowgirl Museum in Ft Worth, Texas.

 

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Jessica Routier is flanked by WPRA President Doreen Wintermute (left) and Madison Ward (right) from the National Cowgirl  Museum and Hall of Fame.

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Jessica Routier was voted best dressed and was obviously thrilled to win, “It means so much.  Everyone who knows me knows that I wouldn’t be eligible for this award without a lot of help.”  Jessica explained who jumped in to help her plan her WNFR competition outfits.  “Earlier this year I was connected with Sydney Fuller from Thunderbird Brand and she wanted to design 10 shirts for the 10 nights of the NFR.  So, I just told her kind of what I like and didn’t like and she took it and ran with it.  She did so amazing!”

Routier described some of the details that may have been hard to when she and her horse Missy were making fasst runs at the Thomas & Mack Arena.  “For the shirt for (Tough Enough to Wear) Pink night I gave her pictures of all of my favorite things, like my kids and my horses, my husband, and all that.  That shirt actually had all of those pictures on it.”

 

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Jessica’s custom shirt on Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night in Round 5 at the WNFR.  She dressed up her horse Missy (left); The shirt was custom designed with pictures of her favorite things.

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“Each shirt was so special.  The one she did for Military (Appreciation) night had a lot of meaning behind it too.  So, I’m just so excited and so honored that I could win this award for her (Sydney Fuller from Thunderbird Brand) because she did all the work, ya know.  Cowgirl Tuff matched up a lot of pants to go with her shirts, and it’s just been awesome.” Jessica explained.

 

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Jessica Routier was decked out in camouflage and wearing her Honor Tags for Round 7, Military Appreciate Night at the WNFR.  She was wearing special dog tags to run in honor of Army SPC. Ashley Sietsema, who died in Kuwait City, Kuwait when the vehicle she was riding in rolled over as they transported injured soldiers.

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(Top) 2018 Top 15 Barrel Racers wore purple and gold to honor past WNFR Qualifier Nancy Hunter whose son survived childhood cancer and she later died of cancer herself.  (Bottom Left) Jessica wore a gold short with unique details showing flowers that matched her jeans and included her JR initials (bottom right)

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Jessica with her Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award Plaque and a $5,000 check that is almost as tall as she is.

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“I just want to thank everyone who voted for us.  It just means a lot.”

 

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Some of Jessica’s other outfits at the 2018 WNFR.

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