Moffat County’s Dusty Taylor ropes his way onto Wyoming rodeo team
Taylor brothers to reunite, compete at university level
March 1, 2016
For the past six years, Dusty Taylor has been a Bulldog in high school and middle school, but even before and during that time, he was a cowboy. And now, he'll carry that title even more so.
The Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School senior signed his letter of intent Tuesday to join the rodeo team at senior signed his letter of intent Tuesday to join the rodeo team at University of WyomingUniversity of Wyoming..
It's been a long wait to make it official, as he first received news of his acceptance before Christmas, but it's worth it for admission to the Laramie educational institution, which includes a partial scholarship.
"It's a pretty big honor to know that all the hard work has paid off," he said after putting his signature to the paperwork in the MCHS second floor commons alongside friends and family.
Dusty, also an MCHS basketball player, has participated in rodeo since the age of 5, picking up some sizable prizes within the past two years, including qualifying for the national high school finals and landing among the top 10 in all-around points for the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association.
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He is currently ranked fourth in the all-around list for Colorado State High School Rodeo Association, as well as first in the team roping standings, along with teammate Cutter Barnes, getting back into the year competitively in April and attending additional events leading up to that.
Dusty will be seeing a different, yet familiar, roping partner in Wyoming, however — his older brother, Denton, is currently on the Cowboys' rodeo team.
"That's one of the main reasons I want to go, so I can rope with him," he said.
Dusty plans to keep going strong in the same events that have brought him the most success in the arena, as well as maybe shooting some hoops at the intramural level, though he still has yet to tie down a course of study. "I kind of like accounting," he said.
His mother, Pam, said she couldn't be more proud of her sons, for both moving up to the college level and continuing in a sport such as rodeo, which is a way of life in the Taylor household.
"It's going to be lonely at our house, but I'm glad they'll be doing it together," she said.
She added the difficulty of getting on the Wyoming team as an incoming freshman proves what kind of potential coaches see in Dusty. "He's been doing amazing things the last few years," she said. "He's ready."
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