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Doug Miller has paired a life­time love of ranch­ing with a pas­sion for team rop­ing in Pe­cos, Texas.

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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.

MILLER HEELING TO WIN AT A RE­CENT WORLD SE­RIES OF TEAM ROP­ING QUAL­I­FIER.

Kyle Tay­lor and Doug Miller won the #9 An­drews, Texas World Se­ries of Team Rop­nig qual­i­fier pro­duced by Mathews Land & Cat­tle this Septem­ber, win­ning $10,150 for a time of 39.37 sec­onds on four head.

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