Opportunities have presented themselves since the day Taylor Allen told his mom he wanted to be a cowboy – a bull riding cowboy. He started off mutton bustin’ at backyard, local and triparish rodeos, which eventually led him to competing in multiple mini/junior bull riding associations across the state of Louisiana.
Four years into his career, Taylor’s greatest accomplishment was winning the first round at the 2017 Jr. High School Rodeo Finals, landing him first place on round one of three going into the weekend, sending him home with a buckle that he proudly wears. He has won several first-place positions and prizes but this one meant more than any of them to him.
Taylor is always looking forward to the next rodeo even if it’s just a practice. All he wants to do is buck bulls, whether it’s for money, buckles or titles. Mostly he does it for fun.
The next event Taylor faces will be the International Miniature Bull Riding Association World Finals which will be held in Guthrie, Oklahoma, Oct. 11-14. This is a milestone for both Taylor and his coach, Brett Parker, who has led him to success. Taylor and his family have gained numerous friends and people they call family in the rodeo world.
Monica Collie (Taylor’s mom) would like to thank everyone that has ever helped with fees, sponsoring, getting Taylor to his rodeos when she couldn’t, in addition to praying and always being encouraging to her son’s aspirations.
“Rodeoing is farfetched from stress-free but God has been nothing but great and we know he has made it all possible,” she said. Taylor would like to especially thank his grandparents, Bryan and Ann Collie, of Glynn; Willie Mae Butler, of New Roads, and dad Troy Allen, of New Roads, in addition to extended thank yous to the Collie, Key, Porche, Butler, Lewis, Johnson and Batiste families for being supportive.
“I can’t even thank my mom [Monica Collie] enough for all she has done to make my dreams come true, and I promise you a Corvette when I make it to the PBR [Professional Bull Riding].” Taylor also thanks Brett Parker for coaching him and being the greatest father figure a cowboy could have and plans on fulfilling the promise of a ranch of bucking bulls when he makes it to the PBR.