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Meet Taylor & Tequila: Rodeo partners against the odds

Raelee Taylor and her horse Tequila overcame injuries and odds to become a competitive duo in the arena. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise )

The first time Raelee Taylor rode her horse Tequila, she bucked her off. Taylor called it quits for six months after the fall, both recovering from surgery from a separate injury and fearful to get back on the horse.

“One day I looked at my mom and said ‘I feel like I’m missing out on something,’” said Taylor.

Five years later, Taylor and Tequila are set to compete in barrel racing in this year's Vale 4th of July Rodeo.

Growing up wake boarding in western Washington, Taylor had to find a new hobby when she moved to eastern Washington at 8 years old. Her grandpa, who owned a horse farm, made . . .