Fallon Taylor, the 2014 Barrel Racing World Champion, was coming into this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with the sole mission of defending her world championship and claiming another victory inside the Thomas & Mack. Earlier today Taylor took to her social media outlets, as she usually does, to make a huge announcement that sent shock waves throughout her entire fan base all across the world. She said that she needed a “pick me up” after learning some heartbreaking news that comes just one month prior to the start of the 2015 WNFR.
News traveled fast around the rodeo community and rumors started to spread about what her announcement meant for her and her quest to compete for another World Championship title this coming December. She announced to each and every one of her fans that she had just learned that she sustained a devastating knee injury. She was told that she had completely tore her ACL and was very down in the dumps with the news that she had just received.
Once the announcement was made there was a buzz around social media sites with everyone wanting to know what this would mean to those hoping to see their favorite barrel racer live in Las Vegas . Along with all the unanswered questions were many messages of support and hope for the defending World Champ which were addressed directly from Fallon Taylor herself. Along with the announcement came her weekly edition of “Fan Mail Friday” which she did a day early to raise her spirits up. Although she was responding and moving forward there were still a couple of burning questions on everyone’s minds. Would she be able to compete at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and what would the ultimate outcome be later down the road?
Much to the relief of many rodeo fans around the world Fallon Taylor took to answering their questions about her injury via her facebook page. Once the answers started to come in we gained some much-needed clarity regarding the entire situation that was announced earlier in the day. The question was asked numerous times if she would still be in Las Vegas competing in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. She answered all those questions by simply responding with, “Yes:)” which was great news and a much-needed breath of fresh air.
Many her loyal fans started to share stories and “treatment recommendations” for the World Champion and it was interesting to see everyone open up about their ACL injuries and recoveries. After monitoring the situation we know that she is planning on wearing a ACL supportive knee brace to let her compete as well as she can throughout the ten day stretch of the WNFR.
Once the action winds down and the lights are turned off inside the Thomas & Mack it will be time for Fallon Taylor to fix the problem that was in the back of her mind. When things are done and she did the best she could do her attention will turn to getting the much needed surgery and concentrating on her extensive recovery efforts to be able to make a run at the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. She will go into surgery on December 22nd so that she can start her rehab efforts almost immediately. The Rodeo Round Up will continue to bring you updates as they happen throughout her entire journey recovering from her ACL knee surgery.
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