True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call himself a cowboy -- and mean it. Name: Taylor Jacob.
Event: Barrel racing.
Hometown: Carmine, Texas.
I've been to Rodeo Houston once. This is my first year. I was named Rookie of the Year.
I started rodeoing when I was four. My mom rode and she got me on good horses young.
My favorite part of rodeoing is the hospitality. People are so friendly and everyone treats all of us so well.
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When I'm not rodeoing, I ride and just do stuff related to horses. It's what I love.
If I wasn't rodeoing, I guess I'd be a public relations specialist. That's what I actually went to college for, but then I got a good horse and I decided to do this instead.
Check out the rest of our Cowboy Diaries 2014:
Dakota Eldridge, Living the Rodeo Life Chad Ferley, in It for the Adrenaline Christy Loflin, Barrel Racing Hockey Mom Stran Smith, the Consummate Professional Cowboy Jesse Bail, Doing What He Knows Best Cooper Shofner, Rodeo Houston First-Timer Casey Martin, in It for the People Juel Hazen, Rodeo Is a Way of Life Britany Diaz, Rodeoing Beats Working in a Bank J.W. Harris, Born to Rodeo