The Horsepower of One

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 2:45pm

“My whole family likes going fast,” Taylor Earnhardt said. “Everyone else runs on 800 horsepower; I run on one.”

The Horsepower of One

Taylor Earnhardt-Putnam is the youngest daughter of Dale and Teresa Earnhardt. As the daughter of the seven-time NASCAR Champion, Dale Earnhardt, it is evident that she has inherited his competitive spirit. Today, she leaves her mark on a different kind of racetrack.

In November 2015, Taylor won the All Around Cowgirl title at the SRA Southern Finals Rodeo in Asheville, North Carolina, in addition to placing third in the breakaway roping. Taylor has also gained much recognition after being named the NBHA South Carolina District Champion in 2010. Taking notice of her exceptionalism, The Ross Nye Stables in London invited Taylor to participate in their prestigious equestrian training program in 2009, following her All-Around Champion title at the renowned Josey Ranch the previous year. In 2003, Taylor won top honors as Champion of the Junior Southern Rodeo Association, shortly after being named Champion of the North Carolina National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA).

Taylor continues to carry the tradition of the family name to the winner’s circle, only she prefers fast horses to horsepower.

“My whole family likes going fast,” Taylor said. “Everybody else runs on 800 horsepower; I run on one.”

Her horsemanship is founded on her appreciation for nature and love of animals she acquired as a child.  According to Taylor, her father instilled in her a passion for the outdoors.

“You must be respectful of Mother Nature, and then take that and apply it to your life.” Taylor said. “You’ve got to be respectful to everyone around you, even if they’re not respectful to you. That’s a big thing that Dad taught me and a life lesson that I apply to this day.”

Today, Taylor Earnhardt-Putnam resides in North Carolina with her husband, Brandon Putnam, who is also a talented rodeo competitor, and their daughter, Sage Nicole. Taylor splits her time between barrel racing, charity work and her passion for hunting and the outdoors.