Fallon Taylor joins Team Hesston at the top of her game, having racked up a number of big wins in 2013, and qualifying for her first Wrangler NFR since her hot streak as a teenager. Taylor, from Whitesboro Texas, has been a fashion model in New York, an actress in Los Angeles, but it is training horses and barrel racing that is her true passion.
Taylor’s career began at age 7, when in 1990, she was the youngest Professional Barrel Racer to belong to the Women's Professional Rodeo Association. She first qualified for the NFR in 1995 at the tender age of 13 (making her one the youngest qualifiers ever). It was then that she moved up to second place in the world among peers that were twice her age. Fallon went on to qualify for 3 more National Finals qualifications each year after. At 14, Fallon won the largest rodeo in the world, Rodeo Houston, and a check for over $15,000.
After the 1998 season, Taylor elected to take a break from barrel racing to pursue her modeling and acting career. In 2012, Taylor narrowly missed qualifying for the Wrangler NFR by finishing 16th in the World. She used that as motivation, and along with her 8-year-old AQHA mare Flos Heiress "Babyflo", qualified for her 5th trip to the bright lights in Vegas. Not only is an NFR qualification after a 15 year hiatus for Taylor impressive - more touching to Taylor’s heart was that her prized mare, Babyflow, was awarded the 2013 AQHA/WPRA Horse of the Year award. “This mare has a heart the size of Texas, ” said Taylor. Not only did Babyflow win the award, Taylor trained her. Taylor was also awarded the 2013 Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award.
When she is not rodeoing or training her own horses, she enjoys matching people with barrel horses. She is the founder of www.DynastyEquine.com. Taylor is married to professional football player, Delbert Alvarado, who has kicked for the Dallas Cowboys.
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 5 (1995-1998, 2013)
2013 Earnings: $100,860
WPRA Career earnings: $423,703
1998: Finished 12th in the world with $47,277
1997: Finished 7th in the world with $56,556
1996: Finished 9th in the world with $59,925
1995: Finished 6th in the world with $62,414