Newlyweds Shane and Taylor Hanchey, lately of Carmine, Texas, are coming to Vegas for the first time as husband and wife—and both as roping competitors. Shane is leading the tie-down roping standings with $175,079 as he enters his 12th consecutive WNFR. The 2013 World Tie-Down Roping Champion started the season strong.
He won The American in March, and hardly slowing down, won 11 more rodeos, including the Lewiston Roundup and Pendleton Round-Up. His consistency throughout the season kept him in first or second place of the Pro Rodeo standings all year. With the exception of Sage Kimzey, who is leading the bull riding by $60,638 over Stetson Wright, Shane has the other most significant lead going into the Finals. $41,743 separates him from Westyn Hughes in second place.
Taylor ran barrels at the WNFR in 2013 and 2015. She set an arena record in 2013 with a 13.37 second run, and won Resistol Rookie of the Year. But this year, her name is on the breakaway roping scoreboard. She felt inspired to start roping again after watching the inaugural 2020 National Finals of Breakaway Roping. She began entering on Shane’s calf horses, little realizing she’d be one of the competitors in the 2021 NFBR at the Orleans Arena, and the first woman to qualify for the WNFR in two events. When her traveling partner, Cheyanne Guillory, needed the points later in the season, Taylor entered the Canby Rodeo in Oregon with her. It turned out to be a pivotal rodeo for Taylor, who finished second. After that, the points ushered her into the California Rodeo Salinas Tour Finale. Taylor finished third in Salinas and moved into the number 15 spot of the WPRA breakaway standings with $24,567, her qualification to the NFBR secured.
About the Author
Lillian Landreth is a freelance writer and editor. She particularly enjoys writing about rodeo and the extraordinary people and animals who make the lifestyle fascinating. The author of more than 1,000 stories, her writing has appeared in the Rodeo News; The Ketchpen, published by the Rodeo Historical Society and National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; and local newspapers. She is also working on her first novel. When she’s not writing, Lily enjoys riding with the Snake River Stampeders night light drill team, coaching the EhCapa Bareback Riders, a PRCA specialty act, and teaching horseback riding lessons. She makes her home in Southwest Idaho with her entrepreneurial husband, their dog, horse, and cows.