Parshall cowgirl earns spot at College Rodeo Nationals |

Parshall cowgirl earns spot at College Rodeo Nationals

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Taylor Miniat, a Colorado State University freshman barrel racer from Parshall, has been selected to compete in the College Rodeo Nationals in Casper, Wyo., June 15-21.

Miniat, who graduated early from Middle Park High School last year, is one of only two competitors on the CSU rodeo team who earned the privilege to ride at nationals. Even more impressive, she did so as a freshman.

Miniat attends CSU in Fort Collins on a partial rodeo scholarship.

She competed in the Central Rocky Mountain Region for CSU in 10 rodeos during the last year. Four fall and six spring events make up the competitive season for the team. Only the top three regional riders are picked to go to nationals.

To earn her top-three ranking, Miniat rode for CSU in competitions against 13 other schools. Four Colorado schools, one in Nebraska and eight Wyoming schools make up the Central Rocky Mountain Region.

The 19-year-old’s top-notch performances in college come on the heels of other honors she has earned in her rodeo career. Last year she was named the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association 2006-07 All-Around Champion. She earned that title after being an all-around cowgirl in the events of pole bending, barrel racing, goat tying, breakaway and team roping.

She also competed in the international finals youth rodeo and nationals last summer.

Miniat lives in Parshall at the Williams Peak Ranch with father Mike Miniat and sister Jessica Miniat. Her mother, Kathy Miniat, lives in Evergreen.

“I grew up doing rodeo around here,” Miniat said of her extensive rodeo background in Grand County. “That’s where I got started … the local rodeos.”

Her father took advantage of the setting at Williams Peak Ranch to train Taylor early in her rodeo career. Now she also works under the coach at the CSU rodeo team in Fort Collins.

After the College Rodeo Nationals she plans to return to Parshall to continue competing in the many rodeos that take place in Grand County throughout the summer.

Then she’ll be back in Fort Collins in September for another season of competition riding for CSU.

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