Taylor Brown Will Compete in Quarter Horse Congress
    Taylor Brown
    Taylor Brown

    Oct. 16, 2013

    By Jillian Bertolucci
    jillbertolucci@gmail.com
    GoBulldogs.com

    FRESNO, Calif.--Freshman Taylor Brown has already had an impressive impact on the Fresno State Equestrian team. She earned the MVP title in the season opener against No. 3 South Carolina. Against No. 2 Auburn, she earned one of the team's two points. Now, Brown will take on Quarter Horse Congress this weekend in Columbus, Ohio.

    Quarter Horse Congress is the world's largest single-breed horse show, boasting more than 17,000 entries. Brown will be one of them.

    The competition lasts a month long. Brown will compete in six events over the course of one week against 100 to 150 people in each event. The events take place in a closed-air arena.

    "You get an adrenaline rush whenever you're in there," Brown said. "You go in the arena, the spotlight's on you, and everybody's looking at you."

    Brown will compete on the same horse for each event.

    "It's challenging because you have to have that connection with your horse in order for everything to go smoothly," she said. "It's not just solely on you or on just the horse."

    Quarter Horse Congress is a qualifying show for Youth World, taking place this summer. Youth World is a competition for the best of the best, drawing in riders from over 13 countries.

    Last year, Brown earned ninth place out of 168 people for Hunt Seat. Her goal is to do better this summer.

    What is Brown most excited for? Seeing her friends, of course.

    You can watch Brown ride for the `Dogs on her home dirt in February against SMU and Baylor.

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