Congratulations to the Whatakid of the month, Taylor Mobbs! If you don’t know her, you’ve probably seen her face a time or two, as she currently serves as Miss THSRA 2019. The Region VI competitor just finished up her junior year of high school and competes in the breakaway roping.
“My favorite part about the organization would have to be the ability to compete against close friends to better each other, and the opportunity to be seen on such a high level of rodeo at such a young age,” Taylor said.
Those who grow up in the western lifestyle understand the value of hard work, discipline and perseverance, and Taylor is no exception. “Being in rodeo teaches you a lot about life,” Taylor said. “I have always been told you get out of it what you put into it, and I fully believe in this.”
Taking care of horses, juggling work and school, and finding time to practice is a big responsibility, but Taylor seems to carry it well. Throughout her time as a THSRA member, she has achieved quite a few accomplishments and learned a few lessons along the way as well. “I have gained the ability to be patient with my horse while training her for competition,” Taylor explained. “And, I have had to learn to push through the doubts and continue to grow myself as a person and strengthen my mental game for competition.”
While she currently serves at Miss THSRA 2019, she has been a state finalist in goat tying and breakaway roping, and serves as a member of the 2019-2020 Cinch team. Outside of the arena, she is an A honor roll student, National Honor Society member, and she received the presidential service award for community service at her school.
On top of all of that, she works as an appraisal assistant, serves as a county council delegate for her 4-H chapter, where she also shows rabbits and commercial heifers, and she manages and operates her own registered Brahman cattle business. However, success doesn’t come without sacrifice.
“There have been many sacrifices I have made in order to be able to rodeo and hold my rodeo queen titles,” Taylor said. Including making the switch to homeschooling from public school and quitting sports like tennis, volleyball and track. “I sacrificed what a normal teenager would think daily life should look like,” she explained. “Being the rodeo queen, I have to be someone to look up to and be an example inside the arena and outside.”
Someone Taylor looks up to as an example is her grandpa. “He was always my biggest supporter and was always proud of me no matter what the outcome was,” Taylor said. “He taught me what a real cowboy was, and I will forever be grateful for the many life lessons he taught me.”
Taylor said she is honored to be selected as the Whatakid of the month. “I had the firsthand experience of truly seeing the heart of the Whataburger corporation through the special needs rodeo at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo,” she said. “I was blown away by the compassion that was shown to the kids and their families. It makes me so proud that I am working in conjunction with such an amazing company.”
In the future, Taylor plans to attend Texas A&M University to study agricultural communications, along with journalism and graphic design. She hopes to combine her love for fashion and graphic design to become and online fashion designer.
Throughout everything Taylor said she strives to live her life by the following quote: “Don’t be discouraged by what others say, instead walk in faith and boldness given to you by God.” We hope you continue to walk boldly in the pursuit of your dreams, and wish you all the best in your future endeavors!