4-H Stars: Giving all she’s got

McKinley Miller

McKinley Miller jumped into 4-H last summer with both boots.

During her first year in 4-H, she showed her favorite horse Macy, raised two market steers from the herd of her parents, Cody and Dani Miller, and two market pigs.

At the Bannock County 4-H Fair, she won fifth with her market pig and grand champion showman riding Macy. She advanced to the round robin, which was quite an accomplishment since she was the only junior showman in the final competition.

Raising steers is second nature to ranch-raised, McKinley, 9, of Fort Hall who is also an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. McKinley and her dad selected two steers in the spring and re-evaluated their picks when they came off the range in the fall. One of the steers was a twin so McKinley bottle fed it until it could be grafted onto another cow. She won reserve champion with that steer.

She had to spend extra time taming her second steer before taking him to the Eastern Idaho State Fair.

McKinley has been riding horses for five years, and learned on a horse named Chubbs.

“Chubbs was fat, old, slow and nice,” McKinley said.

Macy was bred and raised by her grandfather, Paul Miller, of Inkom, trained by her family and ridden by her mom in breakaway roping and her dad in team roping. At the county fair, McKinley won first place in halter with Macy.

“She’s fast and she’s my best friend,” McKinley said.

McKinley competes in the Idaho Junior Rodeo Association. Riding Macy she won the IJRA pole-bending championship in 2016. They placed third overall this year. She also competes in barrels and goat tying.

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