Taylor Benton

taylor-benton-whiskers-and-tails-animal-sanctuary-midland-animal-shelter-220x300I am a West Texas Native, born and raised. I spent a year in East Texas in 2011 and came back to the desert, where I have remained and started a family of my own.

I am engaged to Justin, your typical “good ole country boy” with whom I have two beautiful children, William (3) and Ellie (1). Of course a house isn’t a home without a dog, so we have our two cattle pups Dean and Layla.

My Passion

I have had a passion for animals ever since I can remember. I wasn’t born into the “cowboy family”, but at a very young age I was bit by the “horse bug” and after much persistence and power points my parents finally entertained me with riding lessons, but soon realized it wasn’t a phase, but a passion.

I learned how to ride at 9 years old on a little Palomino mare named Cybil. I soon outgrew what Cybil could teach me and began riding whatever I could get on, each horse teaching me something new.


In 2007 I won the Wild Mustang Make over Expo, at 15 Years old on Ciara Nevada. I continued to ride and train and found my passion to be Barrel Racing. At 16 I purchased my first barrel horse, QCR Quick Red, or as we called him in the barn, Twizler. We competed every weekend and I blossomed, as a young rider and barrel racer. I then went on to purchase my next “step up” barrel horse, Dare to be a Dyno, whom I competed on until he was retired. I bought my next training prospect, but became pregnant and put my horse life on hold to be “Mom”.

Instant Connection

I met Beth my senior year of high school, as I was a Vet Tech Assistant at the clinic she was Office Manager of. Our friendship grew, as I looked up to her like an older sister. Through the years we have remained in touch and when she offered the opportunity to become involved in rescuing large animals, it was a no brainer. I am so excited to be back in the saddle and getting to share my knowledge and experience with others, but most importantly I’m humbled to be a part of bettering our four legged friend’s lives.

Contact Taylor anytime at info@whiskersandtailssanctuary.org or at (432) 279-0627.