Billie Jack Saebens – Nowata, Okla.
1-time WNFR qualifier
2-time RNCFR qualifier
For a guy that loves horses and roping, Billie Jack Saebens has the best of both worlds.
He is headed to his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) after his most successful year in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. And, when he’s not at a rodeo, he is the head trainer for Dixon Flowers Rope Horses in his hometown of Nowata, Okla.
Most of this year’s success in the arena has come with Coleman Proctor who Billie Jack has roped with before, but not in a long-term effort to qualify for the NFR. He qualified in 14th place in the heeling with $68,808 in regular season earnings.
Billie Jack was born and raised in Missouri and is the first of his family members in the past two generations that has competed in rodeo. His maternal grandfather, Don Pohlmann, also competed. Billie Jack started roping in high school and got a scholarship to Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College. He qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in 2008. He and Coleman won the Prairie Circuit championship in 2015 and competed together at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo last April. They won their circuit again this year.
Working for Dixon Flowers Rope Horses gives him plenty of opportunity to rope when he’s not on the road. They host team roping jackpots and the company even hosted an NFR send- off party for Billie Jack. He will be riding a mare they own, 12-year-old Gunna Be a Legend in Las Vegas so they have a vested interest in his success in the arena.
As their head trainer, he will also be watching his friend Jake Long in the team roping. Jake is riding a horse he got from the Dixon Flowers company, Colonel that earned the PRCA/AQHA heeling horse of the year title.