World titles: 1 (2014)
Wrangler NFR qualifications: 7 (1995-98, 2013-16)
Education: University of North Texas (Denton)
Fallon’s tag in support of ending the stigma against wearing a helmet in all disciplines.
“Parents...I hope your children feel better when you make them wear a helmet to compete in a speed event.
Ladies...I hope you feel the courage to make the best decisions for your safety in the future.
And for the next generation of barrel racers....I'm doing my best to break down every barrier to help your barrel racing future. I'll take the heat for you, bring it on!!!!!”
Fallon posted this after competing in Round 3 at the 2014 NFR
2013 AQHA/WPRA Horse of the Year Flos Heiress (Babyflo); Won the 2015 Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award at the Wrangler NFR for the third consecutive year in a row.
Taylor first started competing in the World Championships at age 13, one of the youngest qualifiers ever, and has become known not only for her skill but also for her eccentric and flamboyant sense of style. During the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in 2014, Taylor shocked onlookers when she emerged in the third round wearing a helmet. She became the first NFR champion to clutch the title while doing so and now Fallon wears a helmet whenever she rides.
Helmet awareness is an important and personal crusade for Taylor who learned her lesson the hard way back in 2009. Taylor sustained a four-place skull fracture and broke numerous facial bones after being thrown from a horse she had been training. While she’s made a complete recovery, Fallon still suffers from migraines and short-term memory loss and has had to make adjustments to continue her riding career, including wearing a safety helmet. “After having my head shaved and four screws [inserted] to secure on my halo for a year, I quickly realized that I would look cooler in a Troxel helmet than I did leaving the hospital!” said Taylor.
Taylor partnered with Troxel Helmets in 2016 as a sponsor to help promote helmet awareness and rider safety. Troxel and Taylor also teamed up to produce a line of custom helmets, influenced by Taylor’s unique style. “Troxel is the best fitting helmet on the market and I’m thrilled to be adding my flair to a whole collection! I love to mix and match and look my best when competing and I know you do too!” said Taylor.
In addition to barrel racing, Taylor has done modeling, made appearances on several TV shows including Two and a Half Men and was the spokesperson for AXE® body spray. She also started her own clothing company, www.ranchdressn.com. To learn more about Fallon including upcoming appearances, visit her website at www.fallontaylor.com.