Living a cowgirl’s dream at 17


Everybody has a story

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

HEATHSVILLE—Taylor Mitchell’s long blond hair was knotted high on her head in a messy bun. She wiped sweat from her brow; her face was sun kissed red from working outside midday in the summer. She tugged on a 1,000-pound heifer, pulling it across the pasture for a brush and grooming. Exhibit day approaches.

Taylor looks the part of a stereotypical cowgirl. No make-up, T-shirt well worn and rolled up tight on the shoulders. She’s thin and muscular from hauling hay and leading cattle.

For someone so young, she’s a veteran in her field of exhibiting livestock, with seven years experience and a room full of awards to show…[to-view-more]