CALVIN TAY­LOR

Spin to Win Rodeo - - Junior Nfr -

At just 14 years old, CALVIN TAY­LOR not only led the Open head­ing stand­ings against high-school se­niors, but is the high­est-rank­ing qual­i­fier switch­ing ends at the Fi­nals—and is the best-spo­ken of all the stand­ings lead­ers.

The kid from El Paso will head for Ster­lin English in the Open, a year af­ter the pair placed at the 2017 -unior NFR. As of Oc­to­ber, Tay­lor hadn’t yet de­cided who he’d heel for in the #10. But he said if his lit­tle brother Cal­la­han hap­pened to get qual­i­fied at the last minute, he planned to team with him. Cal­la­han is 7. That’s right, 7 years old.

“He’s been spin­ning them for me,” said Calvin. “They just moved him to a 4. I wasn’t a 4 un­til I was 9!”

Ac­tu­ally, Calvin has grown 4 inches in the past year and im­proved from his 5/4.5 clas­si­fi­ca­tions to his cur­rent 6.5/straight-6.

“He was al­ways kind of small, so we nev- er let him get into the reach­ing and duck­ing yet,” said his dad, Calvin Sr. “If you’re not strong enough to be as fast as the big boys, you can beat them with con­sis­tency.”

“Lit­tle Calvin” has done just that aboard his two head horses (one for short set­ups and one for long scores) and two heel horses. His num­ber-one head horse is likely Roany, a su­per-fast geld­ing that came off a ranch in Chi­huahua, Mexico.

The Tay­lors live just 150 yards from the Rio Grande, about 15 miles out­side El Paso.

“El Paso is a neat town,” Calvin said. “Folmers moved away be­fore I got go­ing, but Bode Baize taught me a lot. He comes over and ropes with us al­most ev­ery day, and his dad, Wayne, has helped with my rop­ing a bunch. He’s al­ways coached me, and I’ve got­ten horses from him that were re­ally good.”

Calvin de­cided in 2018 to chase his -unior NFR dreams over com­pet­ing at ju­nior-high rodeos. Plus, Calvin Sr., is a World Se­ries rop­ing pro­ducer.

“I’m a jack­pot­ter at heart,” said Lit­tle Calvin. “I do ama­teur-rodeo a pretty good amount, but I like jack­pot­ting and grew up go­ing to all the jack­pots around town. I like go­ing to World Se­ries rop­ings, like the #14 and the USTRC Fi­nals.”

He’s al­ways been home-schooled, re­ceiv­ing in­struc­tion from his mom and his aunt—and get­ting plenty of rop­ing tips from Calvin Sr. and -ohn English.

“Mr. -ohn hauled me this sum­mer to Reno and a bunch of other rop­ings,” Calvin said. “He made it hap­pen for me this year.”

There are seven Tay­lor kids, of which Calvin is the fourth. They board horses and raise cor­ri­entes, and so does Calvin’s sis­ter’s fam­ily. So, the ex­tended fam­ily has 200–300 fresh steers avail­able at any given mo­ment. They prac­tice about four times a week, sad­dling eight to 12 head of horses each time.

In Las Ve­gas, the -unior NFR won’t be the only stop for Calvin Tay­lor. He’ll head for his dad in the #14 at the Fi­nale.

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