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Taylor Sheridan grew up in Texas, and returned to his cowboy roots to make “Yellowstone.” After moving away from Los Angeles, he took his family to Wyoming for a few years, then he convinced his wife to move back to Texas with him. Now they live on a ranch outside Weatherford, with another ranch near Jacksboro. He said he had to write what he knew because he wanted it to resonate authentically with audiences.
He has already won the Spirit Award from the American Quarter Horse Association for his work on “Yellowstone” and “The Last Cowboy,” an unscripted reality show about horse trainers. “The AQHA Spirit Award is presented to an individual who represents the Western lifestyle and heritage of the American Quarter Horse to an exceptional extent,” says Pete Kyle, AQHA chief show officer. “His passion for the American Quarter Horse led him to a career in acting and directing, and we appreciate the work he is doing to share our Western lifestyle with others.”
Many horses owned by Taylor have joined the cast of “Yellowstone,” the most notably being Dun It Chexinic. The horse, a 2007 bay gelding with more than $32,000 earned in reining, is owned and shown by Taylor! He says, “As far as my horses go, I supply most of the horses to ‘Yellowstone,’ my TV show, and then I have horses that I show and breed. Right now, I’ve probably got as many horses as I have cattle, and I have too many horses.”
And if that wasn’t cowboy enough, he reportedly owns several cutters, and showed his first winning mount at the Utah Cutting Horse Association in 2017. In 2019, he received the first Reiner of the Year award from the National Reining Horse Association.
In a statement made by the NRHA, they said, “The enduring positive energy, new relationships, and fresh perspective that Sheridan has brought to the sport of reining qualified him as the ideal recipient of this prestigious award.”
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