Lexie Miller, of Sonoita, will be competing at the National Jr. High Finals Rodeo June 20 – 26 in Des Moines, IA. Lexie, who is 13 years old, will be entered in three events, barrel racing, pole bending and ribbon roping.
The top four point earners for the year in each state are invited to participate in the Finals Rodeo. Lexie finished first in the state in pole bending, second in barrel racing and fourth in ribbon roping.
Lexie came into the AZ high School Rodeo Assn. HSRA Jr. High Finals, held at the Sonoita Fairgrounds May 7 – 8, in seventh place in barrel racing, but earned enough points to move up to secnd place for the year after her successful runs there.
Lexie, the daughter of Juli and Dickie Lee Miller, has been competing in rodeo events since she was six years old. She has competed throughout Arizona, and in New Mexico, Texas, Nevada and California.
Rodeoing is a family affair for the Millers, as both her parents and her older brother, Sterling, also compete. According to her mother, they travel to rodeos two to four weekends a month. Lexie has four horses that she uses for rodeo and will be taking two of them to Iowa for the Finals.
In addition to rodeo, Lexie, who is a student at Casas Christian School, enjoys hunting elk and mule deer, cooking and sewing.