Texas ICU Nurse Punches Ticket to Days of ’47 Gold Medal Round

By: Kendra Santos

Texas breakaway roper Tacy Kay Webb is a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association champ whose parents raised her to rodeo as a hobby. So she works three days a week as an ICU nurse, and ropes after work “for fun.” But she had a blast being all business here in Salt Lake City at the $562,500 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo Wednesday night, and with a sizzling 2.40-second run will now advance to Saturday night’s Gold Medal Round.

Tacy Kay Webb advanced to Saturday’s Gold Medal Round with this 2.40-second run. (PC: Bull Stock Media)

“Thank you so much, WCRA (World Champions Rodeo Alliance), for letting the breakaway ropers come be a part of this,” said Tacy Kay, 23, who lives in Madisonville, Texas, and works in the ICU at St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital in Bryan. “This is so cool.”

Tay Kay works three days a week as an ICU nurse.

Tacy Kay rode her 12-year-old sorrel sidekick Hondo, who’s been a father-daughter project since he was 3. Tacy Kay’s dad is Wrangler National Finals Rodeo tie-down roper Dan Webb.

This is the first year Tacy Kay has thrown her name in the hat at the pro rodeos, and she just also advanced to the performances at the Cheyenne (Wyoming) Frontier Days Rodeo.

The Webb family includes brother Tanner, who’s a pilot; breakaway roping ICU nurse sister Tacy Kay; former Miss Rodeo Texas Mom Lisa Hensarling Webb; and NFR calf roper dad Dan Webb.

“Working three days a week and my team at work being super supportive is what lets me make it work and balance my job at the hospital with rodeo,” Tacy Kay said.

Tacy Kay was the 2017 NIRA All-Around Cowgirl, and helped Sam Houston State University win the national women’s team title that year. That’s Tacy Kay far left, KL Spratt, Loni Lester (who’s also on the Salt Lake breakaway roster) and Sierra Spratt, with SHSU Coach Bubba Miller far right.

She has a pretty special cheering section here in Salt Lake City. When young Lisa Hensarling (Tacy Kay’s mom) served as Miss Rodeo Texas in 1982, the Miss Rodeo America Pageant had her room with 1982 Miss Rodeo Utah Joanie Thompson, because T and U are next-door neighbors in the alphabet. Thirty-nine years later, Lisa Webb and Joanie Robinson made a best-friends reunion out of the 2021 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo.

Here to Cheer: Faces in Wednesday night’s Days of ’47 Cowboy Games crowd included Tacy Kay’s 1982 Miss Rodeo Texas mom Lisa, and her 1982 Miss Rodeo Utah best friend Joanie Thompson Robinson.

“Mom and Joanie are who I was waving at during my victory lap,” smiled Tacy Kay. “It’s really fun for them to get to see each other here, and I can’t thank my parents enough for all they do for me. With the parents I have, it wasn’t really a question about whether or not I’d rodeo. Getting to do it as a family makes it so much fun.”


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