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VIP #8 – Monty Taylor

22 Oct

I have an unlimited pool of people to write about when I write about VIP’s. There’s been so many people throughout the course of my life that have had a profound effect on me in one way or another. I’m grateful for the things I’ve learned from all of them and grateful for the deposits they’ve made into my life.

Monty Taylor, or ‘Mont’ as I’ve called him since we were little kids, is my brother (there’s just the two of us) but he’s been my best friend since the day he was born 59 years ago. Oh, we had our differences when we were growing up like all siblings do but neither one of us ever tolerated anybody else mistreating the other one. We’ve been ‘partners in crime’, so to speak, all these 59 years. We’ve had about every kind of ‘wreck’ with horses, cattle and bulls that you could ever imagine……and some you just couldn’t imagine no matter how hard you tried. We’ve even had a couple of car wrecks; one when we were headed to school in little Allison, Texas and hit a patch of black ice and rolled my pickup up on the side. Another the night before I got married. We’d had way too much to drink and ran off a bridge on the Oklahoma line. It was a miracle that me or Mont….or Ken Henry weren’t killed. Then there was the time when I was about a 3rd grader and  Mont hadn’t started to school yet. Dad had gone to shoe horses at a neighboring ranch and he didn’t let us go. We weren’t happy about that so we got on a big ‘ol tractor. We somehow got it started….and it took off. I bailed out! (Sorry Mont!) But Mont rode ‘er on out…until it hit a cattle guard and spun out ’til it died. It could’ve easily killed us both! And, let’s just say that Cliff Taylor wasn’t too happy when he got back to the ranch and the tractor had run through the fence.

We had no choice but to be cowboys and we took to it full blast. We started our bull riding careers on the arm of the chairs and couches in a little one bedroom ranch house on the Washita River 35 miles SE of Canadian, Texas. We graduated from the chair arm to riding on the back of our dad on hardwood floors. They don’t call ’em hardwood floors for nothin’! You learn early on to try as hard as you can to not get bucked off and bang your head off the hardwood. We went to our first rodeo when I was 8 and Mont was 5. We were determined to practice riding but we had no bucking chute….but we made do! When we’d see the dust from Dad’s pickup go over that last hill….we’d gather every cow, calf and bull we had and ride every single one of them. We’d run ’em in a big pen, rope ’em, snub ’em to a post, put our rope on ’em….and the rodeo was on!! Dad started gettin’ kinda suspicious when the cow herd wouldn’t even come in when he fed….and when he noticed how bad we were bruised and skinned up!! Rodeo was a pretty important part of our lives for the next 20-25 years. We rode in every major rodeo throughout the United States and Canada…..and won money at most of ’em! We were both inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2008.

Mont Taylor is a ‘Man’s Man’! He’s a man of his word, treats every single person with dignity, hard worker, great husband and Daddy, has a thousand really good friends and I doubt if he has an enemy on the whole planet. He’ll ‘loosen up’ with the best of ’em….but wouldn’t ever cause anybody any harm. We live 300 miles apart but I talk to him a couple of times a week. I have a ton of respect and admiration for him. His impact on my life has been immeasurable…..Mont Taylor is definitely a VIP!!

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Check out some more VIP’s:

VIP #1 – Booger Bryant

VIP #2 – Sarge Cook

VIP #3 – Ronnie Chadwick

VIP #4 Paul Luchsinger

VIP #5  & 6 – Edith Yowell & Nellie Millar

VIP #7 – Rick Hudson

 

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7 responses to “VIP #8 – Monty Taylor

  1. Tom Willis

    October 22, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Andy thanks for your honesty and telling all how you feel. I enjoy your thoughts and am reminded of my own life. Gods grace is a amazing thing Brother , Thanks Again.

     
    • Andy R Taylor

      October 28, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Thank you so much for the feedback, Tom!

       
  2. Andy Swires

    November 1, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I know for sure that you two don’t know how many young cowboys you influenced. Even after you guys quit riding and Monty would come to the ranch to haul cattle, I would get up at the crack of dawn when I didn’t have to just to go get to see Monty for a few minutes while the truck was loaded! I still have my Monty Taylor shirt with the blue sleeves in my drawer (I know I showed it to you, Andy) with clothes I still wear. For some reason it don’t fit no more! You two are what I would call good ol’ fashioned, bonafide, real American cowboy heroes!!!! I am blessed that I have the opportunity to look up to, follow, cherish, and love two of my favorite all time heroes! Not all kids get the opportunity to hang with their heroes. I got that chance and am blessed beyond measure because of it! Thanks for being you!!!!!

     
    • Andy R Taylor

      November 1, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      Wow!! That’s awesome, Andy…..I never knew!

       
    • Andy R Taylor

      November 1, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      …..and thanks for the feedback!! Made my day!

       
  3. Dana Keck Allison

    January 13, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Monty Taylor is my cousin, Tina Elledge Taylor’s husband. He is quite a character and a wonderful person! Proud to call him familyM

     
    • Andy R Taylor

      January 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Well, I’m kind of fond of him too!!

       

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