Behind the Chutes: Taylor Engesser |

Behind the Chutes: Taylor Engesser

Age: 18

Family: Shorty, Punky, Jare and Rickie

Hometown: Spearfish, S.D.

School: Spearfish High School

Rodeo Events: Barrels, poles, goats, breakaway, team roping

What is your future in the sport of rodeo? Rodeoing at Gillette College then going on to pro rodeo.

What is your ultimate goal as you continue competing in rodeos? I hope to make it to the NFR.

Favorite aspect of rodeo: Traveling with family, friends and my horse Rowdy, winning, and meeting new people while at an event like the CNFR.

Best Rodeo Memory: My best rodeo memory is probably winning Shawnee (Okla.) this year. I had a rough year last year in many different short goes and Shawnee was the main one. Last year I went in leading the average and tipped a barrel. I was devastated. So this year I was determined to make it happen and when it finally did, I was speechless and so excited.

Notable achievements in the sport: I have been blessed with so many achievements but these ones that I list are my greatest: I won my first trailer my sophmore year at Winnemucca, Nev., I won all-around and poles my freshman year at high school state and then my senior year I won all-around and barrels along with my horse Rowdy getting AQHA Horse of the Year. Winning Shawnee, Okla., in barrels and then again at High School National Finals I won the short go, got eighth in the world and my horse won Reserve Horse of the Year. My last achievement that I’m, very proud of is winning the world All-Around at the National Little Britches Finals in Pueblo, Colo. I am so blessed for all my achievements and hope there are many more to come.

Tell us about your horse: Rowdy is the horse that has presented me with so many different opportunities. We have owned Rowdy for about 10 years now. He is a 15-year-old sorrel gelding with the registered name Cool Rowdy. He is quite the miracle horse for more then one reason. When Rowdy was 6 years old we tried selling him numerous times because he was to rough for us to ride and none of us could get along with him. Many different tries but no one could ride him so my brother started riding and roping on him. One day he told us that he thought Rowdy wanted to do more events so he started running flags on him and a few months later we lost three horses in a bad accident and were left with nothing. At that time I started running Rowdy and struggled for the longest time but then something happened and we just started clicking. Rowdy now has won numerous saddles and world titles. My sister won Junior High School Nationals on him in barrels, my brother won flags on him this past year and I won barrels at the South Dakota High School Finals and also at Shawnee, Okla., this year. Rowdy is truly amazing and is the calmest horse we have.

Have you attended any rodeo schools? I have never attended a rodeo school.

Role models/mentors: My biggest role model is Lisa Lockhart because she is amazing at rodeo but yet so down to earth. She has an amazing family that is always there for her and is always talking to many different people and is fun to talk to. She also shows me that you don’t have to live down south to be the best that if you dream big and work for your dreams you will succeed.

What do you like to do when you’re not competing? I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing sports and going on trips with my family. I also enjoy working out and meeting new people.