Top ranked Cottonwood barrel racer competing in Red Bluff Round-Up

Apr 17, 2014 7:56 PM

Riding horses is in Nellie Miller’s blood. She started at a young age and hasn’t stopped since.

“My dad and my brother both did team roping, so I’ve just grown up doing it all my life,” she says.

Miller began her professional career in 2007 doing barrel racing. That was also her first year competing at the Red Bluff Round-Up. In barrel racing, the rider has to make their way around the barrels as fast as possible without knocking them over.

“Your relationship with your horse is very important. You’re going really fast in a short amount of time, so you have to be able to trust that your horse is going to take care of you,” says Miller.

In 2010, Miller qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, where she finished 7th in the world. Since then, she’s gotten married and now has a one year old daughter. The Cottonwood native says with a family in the picture, she plans to stay closer to home for future competitions. Miller will be up against 116 other female barrel racers this weekend, but she says having the hometown support will definitely help.

“Hometown rodeos are the best. If you’re lucky enough to do good at your hometown rodeo it’s even better,” she says.


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