by ProRodeo.com | Jun 15, 2014
SISTERS, Ore. – K.C. Miller is very appreciative of the fact his parents, Keith and Diane, have been so supportive of his rodeo career. On June 15, Miller gave his father the best Father’s Day present he could think of – a win at the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo.
Miller won the tie-down roping with a time of 17.0 seconds on two head, and says it’s by far the biggest win of his rodeo career.
When he isn’t rodeoing, Miller, 25, is working on the family ranch in Cambria, Calif. But now that he’s off to a good start in the 2014 rodeo season, he won’t be around much the next few months.
“My family is very supportive and has known rodeoing was my dream my whole life,” Miller said. “I couldn’t have done anything in rodeo without my parents, and they understand that I’ll be on the road this summer chasing my dream. My dad was ecstatic for me when I told him I won Sisters, so it was a good Father’s Day present.”
Up until this point, Miller has mainly been a California Circuit cowboy. His highest earnings total for a season was last year, when he made $8,930. With the $5,189 he won in Sisters, Miller now has $13,902 so far in 2014, and moved to 30th in the June 16 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings.
“My goal was to be in the top 30 by Reno, because then you have a chance if you have a good summer,” Miller said. “If I make the NFR this year, I’ll look back to Sisters and know that’s where it started.”
Miller is traveling with friend Jesse Clark – who won the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo earlier this year, and currently sits ninth in the world standings.
Aboard his new horse, 13-year-old Taco, Miller says he has the confidence to hit the road hard this summer and try to make it to Las Vegas.
“This is the first year I’ve really rodeoed much; I usually don’t go much in the winter,” Miller said. “I’ve always wanted to rodeo full time, but I needed to have everything lined up with horses and money. I feel like that time is now.
“The goal is obviously to get to the NFR, and Jesse and I are both real excited for the summer run. It’s our plan to both be able to make it to the NFR, and have our rig there with us. If everything keeps going like it is, that’s where we hope to be.”
Other winners at the $141,145 rodeo were all-around cowboy Josh Peek ($4,865, steer wrestling and tie-down roping), bareback riders Seth Hardwick (81 points on Flying Diamond Rodeo Company’s Lucky), Tyler Scales (81 points on Flying Diamond Rodeo Company’s Trip Wire), Chase Erickson (81 points on Flying 5 Rodeo Company’s No. 145) and R.C. Landingham (81 points on Big Bend Rodeo Company’s Holly Time), steer wrestler Ethen Thouvenell (8.8 seconds on two head), team ropers Brady Tryan and Tommy Zuniga (12.3 seconds on two head), saddle bronc riders Dustin Flundra (80 points on Flying 5 Rodeo Company’s Broken Saddles) and Isaac Diaz (80 points on Flying Diamond Rodeo Company’s Fu Man Chu), bull rider Tim Bingham (82 points on Flying Diamond Rodeo Company’s No. 107), and barrel racer Ann Scott (17.50 seconds).
Courtesy of PRCA