WEIRD; suggesting something supernatural; unearthly. Baby Flo is supernatural bursting with talent as is her jockey Fallon Taylor, but unearthly just doesn’t fit, dynamic seems to sum up this cowgirl and her talented string of horses.
Fallon Taylor is #KeepingRodeoWeird, and she is proud to be standing at the front of line preaching to all to embrace their uniqueness.
The tie-dye Queen of rodeo, Fallon has been embracing the social media platforms for over six years to enable her to connect with her fans. Starting on youtube, Fallon said,” I gave free virtual lessons, the feedback was that they appreciated that I was honest and didn’t come off ‘plastic’ with my teaching methods.”
From that point onwards, Fallon then took her videos on the road with her. Looking back she said, ”When I started down the road I wanted to keep all the hard times from the people that had been with me from the beginning. I wish I could go back and show them how hard it was at times so they would know that they’re the key to their success, sticking it out.”
As Fallon is one of the biggest names in rodeo, there is always that wonder as to who these athletes are and if they are genuine in all aspects of their lives.
Fallon is one of those athletes that is as honest and compassionate, funny and unique in her daily lives as she is seen on TV and at the rodeo.
Just like any professional athlete, it can be daunting to put your full self out there to your fans. Triumphs and failures, hard times and good, is a difficult task to be open about to the fans of the sport, not just your fans.
Fallon said,” I am so tired of seeing interviews where we aren’t honest about our ups and downs. It makes it so hard on us as athletes, to not be able to talk about the slumps. The tough parts, and when we do, we are actually aiding in helping someone that we’ve never even met feel less alone in whatever struggle they’re going through, so by being vulnerable, I can help someone else. “
A testament to the western lifestyle, helping your fellow man to inspire and ignite their passion through the journey she has taken.
Fallon as unique as her name has embraced the culture of the west, being the that solid foundation of the sport of rodeo. This same passion, embracing the strengths of a cowgirl to speak about controversial topics on the public platform is nothing short of amazing.
“I was bullied as a kid in elementary school and I am very different in a community that is very traditional. So life in the rodeo world hasn’t always been easy for me. I think that tons of people are now growing up to watch this sport and need to know that if they didn’t grow up on a ranch or with horses and develop a passion for our industry that there IS a spot for them.”
Reiterating that of Trevor Brazile when he had said that his ultimate goal is to leave the sport better than it was when he began.
Like any of the ERA’s athletes, Fallon is at the top of her game because she also believes in a better sport that should be inspiring to any person of any walk of life.
Sometimes that means that she will face criticism by speaking her thoughts and campaigning for something better.
She explains why it is important to her to be that good role model even if it sometimes means she receives on the shorter end of the stick.
“I feel like pioneers are the ones with the arrows in their back, why not me. I am not trying to be a ‘martyr’ for a bigger cause but as my visibility and popularity have grown it could have been easy to steer away from the hard subjects, and that isn’t why I share my life with my followers. I share to help them grow to this point. When I am old and grey, I want to be in the stands cheering on the pioneer of the next generation.”
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out” – Dr. Suess
So comes the ‘Fallon Taylor’ line of Troxel helmets. Why t in, embrace your weird and have Fallon ride with you every step of your journey.
As her latest line of signature helmets continue to gain ground through social media, most people will be unaware that the actual line release was back in December of 2015.
Pre-orders had boomed during the 2015 WNFR that Troxel sold out completely. Fallon wanted to make sure that people understood the important issue of Brain Injury and one way to tackle that is to ensure that a helmet to suit all personalities was available to purchase.
Facts on Brain Injury, which surrounds the ‘tabou’ discussion of any cowboy or cowgirl wearing a helmet are still stuck in the corner. Making facts and information available, creating the conversation good and bad opening the information line of education on an issue that is crucial in any high-risk sport.
Most recently Fallon kicked it up a notch and sported a mohawk on top of her helmet. #WhatTheHelmet is what rang throughout social media, taking the helmet fashion to new heights she sported the mohawk during the 2015 WNFR.
Fallon told us the unique story of how she came to wear that helmet. She said,” A young lady wrote me a letter and gave it [mohawk] to me at an appearance. The young lady wrote of how I helped her feel like she could express herself and be a part of this rodeo industry and be successful. She gifted me the mohawk, and I thought it would be so so special to have her see it in the arena. I am pretty sure it made her year.” As great a story as that is, Fallon didn’t stop there. She continued to say, ”As recent as yesterday being called a classless piece of trash for wearing a mohawk at the WNFR, so I know that everything meets resistance, but the backstory was too awesome to worry about criticism from small minded people not willing to change the world for the better.”
That reflection of sportsmanship is just another rhinestone sparkling in her hat that makes her shine ever so bright. Sportsmanship is important to Fallon; she is seen talking about the importance of it all the time.
What drives that importance to advocate the need for integrity, honesty and fairness for all? Fallon explained,” I want to change the generations coming up.”
“At a rodeo this week I wasn’t spoken to by any of my fellow competitors and I decided to time it, see how long it took for someone to tell the ‘weirdo’ in tie dye “Hello”; after 10 minutes one brave soul finally spoke to me…while I am typically the first to say hello to my peers I wanted to see
how far away from changing this stigma was, and we still need some work on the professional level. So starting with the youngest generation, it will hopefully help everyone feel welcome years from now.”
Thoughtful and inspiring, Fallon never allows the negative to have an adverse impact on her. She takes the positive from the negative. With her out of the box thinking, she has begun to create momentum with her fans, also with her fellow competitors.
Fallon always bright, decked out in all shades of tie-dye can be seen so easily through the crowd of solid colors. Though she is a role-model for thousands, who is her role-model.
Written with excitement, Fallon wrote one name, one name twelve times, that name Fred Whitfield.
Fred an accomplished athlete himself and also a trailblazer in his own right. It makes sense that Fallon should look to him as a role-model to emulate.
Fred (for those unaware) is cemented in the history books of rodeo as the first African-American to win an all-around title in the history of the PRCA. He has been inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, Cheyenne Frontiers Day Hall of Fame and honored into the National Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. It’s easy to see why Fallon looks up to Fred, all inspiring on his own, unique and owns it. Something Fallon has most certainly taken notice of and seen the benefits of being as inspirational as Fred.
Fallon said,” I feel like I am just a chick who has some momentum. There are heroes out there doing amazing things. Maybe you think what I do is amazing; I probably believe that you are a LOT cooler than me. First responders, teachers, military personnel, stay at home moms, basketball coaches, accountants, you are doing some amazing things, and you can make your job as cool as mine. Inspire everyone around you, be bold about it, ask questions, and change whatever you are doing to be the best it can be.”
Fallon is one cowgirl that has changed the way in how you perceive people. No matter the lifestyle, culture or religion you come from she advocates that there is a spot in the sport for anyone with the passion.
Standing toe to toe with those that may mock, Fallon is also seen standing side by side with any and all competitors and fans alike. The tie-dye Queen of rodeo continuously raises the bar, stepping outside the square to build the sport to a better platform.
Her ultimate dream is one of inspiration and determination. She said, “I hope that I have blazed a tie dye trail that makes the sport more visible, dreams seem more attainable, empower young girls to take charge of their destiny and high five me when they do it.”
Like that of what Robin Williams said,” You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
Fallon Taylor sparkles where ever she rides and leaves her sparkle with those who need it.
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