Rodeo Queen and CrossFit Games Semifinals Athlete Tayler Patterson Helping Farmers

February 6, 2023 by
Photo Credit: Whitney Way

Tayler Patterson describes her upbringing on a cattle ranch in the small town of Walden, CO. as being “the ultimate playground.”

“A typical day always started with my dad waking me and my two brothers up earlier than we wanted and feeding cows,” said 28-year-old Patterson, now a high-level CrossFit athlete who finished 13th at last year’s Syndicate Crown Semifinal (then Tayler Sykes).

“The rest of the day was always different. Sometimes it was doctoring calves all day or helping my dad irrigate, or often times it was me just working on young horses and getting miles on them, and during the summer it usually included a long day spent on a tractor with no AC or music during haying season and then scampering off to town for basketball practice,” said the former college basketball player.

OK, so Patterson’s “ultimate playground” isn’t what other children would have considered fun, but she is forever grateful for the work ethic her upbringing gave her, she said.

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