Beginning with his first rodeo in Clute, Texas with many awards won in between, including performing at Madison Square Gardens in the 1950's. His first rodeos, paid in experience rather than a monetary reward. Bailey, as he is called upon by his friends, admitted he didn't know what he should be doing. He was just happy to be participating, learning as he went along and learn he did. Proving himself to be a quick study. Beginning with sneaking out of his home, while still living with his mom and dad to ride bulls at night in local rodeos.
Bailey could do it all and did it well enough earning many titles ad awards. Riding broncs, and earning championship recognition, both with a saddle (1966) and without, (1968). Versatile in his storied career, again winning championship recognition for Steer Wrestling in years 1972 and once more in 1973. In 1975, he earned championship recognition for Bull Riding. 1978 brought All Around Champion in Saddle Bronc, Bareback, Bull riding, and Steer Wrestling.
On the Lighter Side
From championship belt buckles, twice winning saddles in 1973 and 1975, along with earning the title of all around cowboy by the Southwest National Cowboy Association. It is noted that the Southwest National Cowboy Association underwent a name change after segregation. Changing from Southwestern Negro Cowboys Association becoming the Southwest National Cowboy Association. In 2001, the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame inducted Taylor Hall Jr better known among the rodeo circuit as Bailey's Prairie Kid into their Hall of Fame. 2019 brought a Certificate Of Appreciation from the City Of Houston during Black History Month for being an All Around Cowboy and Preserving heritage. Also recognized in 2019 National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum Hall Of Fame Greater Houston Area inductee. In July 26 and July 27, of 2019, he was inducted into the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum during the annual National Day O f The American Cowboy Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Gerald Roznovky's interview with Taylor (Bailey, to his friends) Hall, Jr.