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Doug Miller has paired a lifetime love of ranching with a passion for team roping in Pecos, Texas.
Doug Miller is West Texas through and through. At age 78, he’s spent his whole life in the big, rugged country outside Pecos, Texas. And he’s lived a textbook lifestyle for a cowboy in that part of the world.
Miller grew up roping on a ranch with his parents and his sister, Texas Cowboy Hall of Famer Mary Dale “Sis” Miller. Miller’s dad took him and Sis to their first rodeo in New Mexico, where his handy sister, just 8 at the time, won the barrels and Miller, then 7, won the junior calf roping.
Eventually Miller took over the family ranching business—now comprised of about 100 sections of land around Pecos—with his wife, Glenna. They moved to town where they could have phone service, and Miller spent 50 years importing corrientes from Mexico in addition to his ranching.
“I had longstanding relationships and good friends down there,” Miller said. “I’d buy their cattle every year. I sold some to the guys buying them for the US ropings. I furnished all the rodeo cattle for the winter rodeos for five or six years, just selling the cattle to the people furnishing them.”
These days, Miller runs native corriente—mostly black cows and a few red ones, too, with all black bulls. And when he’s not raising them, he’s roping them.
“I’ve been roping for seven or eight years again now,” Miller said. “I didn’t rope for a long time. I was always in Mexico buying cattle so I just didn’t have time. That finally got to where it wasn’t safe, so I came back up here, and the oil business got better and I could afford to rope.”
Miller, a 4 heeler, won the #9 World Series of Team Roping qualifier produced by Mathews Land and Cattle in Andrews, Texas, with Kyle Taylor this past September, worth $10,150. He also won the #8 with Bob Stewart in Levelland, worth another $10,360.
“I ride a buckskin mare every weekend, but I’ve got a sorrel mare, too,” Miller, who grew up riding King-Ranch-bred horses that his dad raised, said. “They’re two really good mares. Whichever one I’m roping the best on before I go, that’s the one I’m going to take.”
Miller’s dedication to the cowboy lifestyle extends beyond the arena. As the president of the Texas Cowboys Hall of Fame, Miller is leading the charge to build a new facility.
“Somebody’s got to do it. It darn sure keeps me busy,” Miller said.