Steer Wrestler Jacob Talley Set to Return to the Thomas & Mack
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Steer wrestler Jacob Talley was a force to be reckoned with in 2021, coming just shy of a World Title.
In 2022, he slowed down, only going to two rodeos after the month of April, so 2023 marked an impressive return to the arena for the Lousiana bulldogger.
Talley sewed up his fifth National Finals Rodeo qualification and is the No. 11 ranked steer wrestler with $101,453 to his name. The last two times he made the NFR, in 2021 and 2020, he finished in the Top 7 in the final PRCA World Standings.
San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, $15,250
Talley kickstarted his winter in San Antone by advancing as the top steer wrestler out of Bracket 5 and making it all the way to the Finals. Talley turned in three straight times of 4.4 seconds or faster in his bracket and placed in all three round. A 4.2-second run in the Semifinals was good enough for the win and his ticket to the Short Go where he ultimately finished third.
Right after San Antonio, Talley kept it rolling in the Texas Swing. Picking up a win in Round 1 of Super Series 1 and placing in Rounds 2 and 3 put him through to the Semifinals. In Semifinal 1, Talley threw his fastest time of the rodeo with a 4.8 before breaking the barrier in the Championship Round.
Waller County Fair and Rodeo (Texas), 3.4 Seconds
How do you set the tone for the 2023 regular season? By making a 3.4-second run on your very first steer like Talley did on Oct. 1, 2022. The run earned him a second place finish and over $2,000.
Dixie National Rodeo (Mississippi), 3.4 Seconds
Talley won Round 1 of Mississippi’s only PRCA Playoff Series Rodeo and followed it up with a 4.4-second run to take second in the Average and earn over $5,000 at the event.
San Angelo Cinch Chute Out, 3.4 Seconds
Following the San Angelo Rodeo, Talley went to work in the Chute Out. His 4.0-second run in the Long Round qualified him for the three-man Short Go, where he made one of his five 3.4-second runs this season to take second and earn $3,000.
Crossett Riding Club (Arkansas), 3.4 Seconds
Talley would sweep Crossett Riding Club with two sub-4 second runs. Starting in Round 1 with a 3.9 before bestingthat with his seasonal, with a 3.4 to win the Average by over a second.
Ogden Pioneer Days (Utah), 3.4 Seconds
Another 3.4-second run would add the Ogden, Utah rodeo to his list of accolades. It would also win Round 1 and add over $4,000 to Talley’s season earning, who at the time, was sitting fifth in the World.
Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo (Texas), 3.5 Seconds
The March rodeo concluded on the same weekend as Houston, meaning Talley cleaned up in the Southern part of Texas. This win paid him $3,436.
XIT Rodeo & Reunion (Texas), 4.2 Seconds
Talley won $2,800 for what would ultimately be his only rodeo win of August before winning twice in September.
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