Ranch Horse team member Taylor Nuttal has made many improvements over the second year that she’s ridden for the team.
She’s worked hard all season long and made some great accomplishments.
“One major accomplishment I’ve had was actually just this year at our home show,” Nuttal said. “My mare and I have had some issues keeping calm in the show pen, but the home show was our best show overall.”
Nuttal’s sophomore season saw her and her mare, Ally, improving more and more with each practice and even more with each time they show.
“She (her horse) had her best trail pattern and her best pleasure pattern,” Nuttal said. “We didn’t win it by any means, but she was confident and calm and she felt great, which was all I was after. This was huge for me, since it showed me that all of the hours we put in at practice has finally paid off.”
According to Nuttal, she learned at the home show that when she stayed calm, it helped her horse stay calm and relaxed.
The achievement that Nuttal made at the home show and riding with ranch horse coach Danny May helped her to become a lot more confident in herself, and it’s improved her riding skills immensely, she said.
While majoring in horse training here at Laramie County Community College and riding for the team, Nuttal also holds down a job outside of school.
“I’m one of the managers at Frontier Pets,” Nuttal said. “Luckily they work very well with my busy school, practice, and show schedules.”
Balancing school, ranch horse team and work has helped Nuttal become accustomed to a lot of late nights and early mornings.
Nuttal says the one thing that helped her with the stress is riding.
While Nuttal is graduating this May, she has some near future plans but nothing for the far future.
“I’m majoring in horse training. Truthfully, I have no idea what I want to do when I graduate,” Nuttal said. “I am applying for an internship with American Paint Horse Association this fall, so I can get a taste of the business side of the horse world, so we’ll see what the future holds.”
With the ranch horse season coming to an end, the last show being in Sterling, Colorado, the weekend of May 3, Nuttal reflected back on what it’s like to be part of the team.
“The ranch horse team has brought me some of my closest friends, and some of my best memories,” Nuttal said. “I’m sad thinking about only having one more show with this team, but I’m thankful for the experience. Looking back, traveling to shows with the team has definitely made my college experience memorable.”