It’s no secret that the Earnhardt family loved surrounding themselves with motorsports and horsepower, but did you know they also had a thing for horses, as well? Seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt Sr. kept lots of them on his private estate as his kids were growing up, and his daughter Taylor Nicole Earnhardt developed a real love towards these animals.

It eventually turned into a passion, especially when she found out about competing in different rodeo events. Her father, being a NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and team owner of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI), taught Taylor to use that same competitive nature to thrive in the world of barrel racing. Her skill in the sport quickly led to her becoming a professional rodeo competitor, which she still continues to do to this day.

Even on top of her career surrounding horses and rodeos, she still finds time to help others. Taylor acts as the spokeswoman for the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, alongside her mother Teresa Earnhardt. This organization commits itself to children, education, and environmental preservation, and they’ve raised millions of dollars to support their cause so far.

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Taylor Earnhardt’s Family

Even though Taylor stays extremely busy in her professional career, she’s managed to expand the Earnhardt family line, as well. Back in 2012, she got married to her husband Brandon Putnam in Mooresville, North Carolina, officially making her Taylor Earnhardt Putnam. As she walked down the isle, Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts was the song of choice, and the she and Brandon rode to the reception in a cherry red 1946 pickup truck from Dale Earnhardt’s classic car collection.

Back in 2016, Taylor and Brandon welcomed their beautiful first child to the world, Sage Nicole Putnam. She may be only four years old, but judging by Taylor’s Instagram, she’s already been surrounded with some pretty awesome experiences. You can check out even more pictures and video updates on Taylor’s page.

Taylor knows the value of family thanks to how she grew up, and it certainly seems like she’ll be giving her child the best life possible.


Between Taylor’s success in her own life and her father’s and brother Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s success in racing, there’s definitely something great in the Earnhardt bloodline. It’s awesome to see everything that Taylor was able to accomplish, while also creating a family for herself. Dale Sr. certainly would be proud.

This post was originally published on April 15, 2021.

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