Randy Taylor to announce at NRCA Finals in Gillette
“Every time you step off, you’ve conquered the beast and overcome death” – and that’s a fine feeling, said Randy Taylor, a Cherokee cowboy from Oklahoma.
Taylor was a professional contestant in bareback bronc riding, a rough and rowdy event, in which he prevailed after joining the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in 1978.
Now, as the man at the microphone, he’ll bring that knowledge of the sport to spectators at the 2010 Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association Championship Finals Rodeo and Trade Show in Gillette, WY, Nov. 26-28, 2010. Arena action begins at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with the conclusion at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The transplanted Oklahoma native revels in the romance of the sport. He’s aware of its churning danger and unforgiving undercurrents.
A case in point: a bunch of rodeo cowboys gathered to see who’s the best in their event. “During that competition, there’s energy there, a product,” Taylor said, “it’s almost like a link, or a spirit of competition between man and animal that is found in no other sport.”
Colorful and knowledgeable at the microphone, Taylor started his career in 1990 and brings extensive arena savvy – learned the old-fashioned way by actually doing it – to veteran rodeo fans and first-time spectators alike.
“There’s a lot more to rodeo than just rodeo – the cowboy culture, country western music and a great bunch of people with an unspoken word of ethics,” he said.
Taylor also is a practicing chiropractor serving western South Dakota. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Wyoming and his doctorate at Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX. He attended school on rodeo and wrestling scholarships as well as prize money won in the PRCA.
But before that, as a rodeo contestant, Taylor’s banner year was 1985 when he qualified for the PRCA National Finals Rodeo, making its first appearance in Las Vegas after the competition was moved from a 19-year stand at Oklahoma City.
He had qualified for the 1985 NFR and the 1986 Dodge National Circuit Finals rodeo among the nation’s best bareback riders. He finished fourth in the Winston Series and won his event at premier rodeos such as Pendleton, OR, Kissimmee, FL, Oakdale, CA, AK-Sar-Ben at Omaha (twice), Sidney, Iowa (twice) and pocketed big money at “the Daddy of ’em all” – Cheyenne.
Taylor currently lives outside Irene, SD, with his wife Carmen and sons Zachary and Branson. Although announcing is Taylor’s main stream now, he is still having fun all over the country with rodeo.
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