4-H Stars: A chance to make gifts

Kolter Miller

During his first year in Clover Buds 4-H, Kotler Miller made lots of gifts for all the special people in his life.

Kolter, 7, of Fort Hall, made a flower pot holder in a macramé class. In woodworking class, he made a key holder. He also learned how to bake and from leather, he made a dog collar for George, one of his five favorite dogs.

“It was fun to learn macramé,” Kolter said. “I am going to give it to someone as a gift.”

His mom, Dani Miller, added, “He’s our dog wrangler, and has quite the dog family. He had to decide which dog needed a collar.”

Kolter belongs to a 4-H club which is part of the University of Idaho 4-H program at Fort Hall. The club meets twice a week and Kolter is an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

“It’s fun for the kids to have something fun to do after school especially through the winter,” Dani Miller said.

Kolter helps his parents, Cody and Dani Miller, on the family ranch in Fort Hall, and rides in the Idaho Junior Rodeo Association. He’s competed in mutton bustin’, calf riding, dummy roping and goat tie down.

“I like to ride calves, dummy rope and tying goats,” Kolter said.

“He’s quite the rider,” his mom said “and was the year-end champion in mutton bustin’ last year and in the top 10 in calf riding.”

Next year’s plan is to raise a market steer. He’ll pick one from his parents’ Simental/Angus herd. He wants to raise a bucket calf and maybe even a market pig.

“I wanna raise a goat too, but my dad says, ‘No!’ ” Kotler said.

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