Miller, Nellie (Williams)

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Label
 
$355,314
CAREER EARNINGS

2017 Earnings:
$130,537
 
3rd
2017 World Standings

 
 

Born: February 14, 1988
Residence: Cottonwood, Calif.
Joined the WPRA: 2008
Horse: Rafter W Minnie Reba “Sister” (9-year old blue roan mare) – Sire: KS Cash N Fame/Dam: Espuela Roan
World titles: 0
Wrangler NFR qualifications: 2 (2010, 2017)
DNCFR qualifications (actual rodeo seasons): 3 (2010, 2016-17)
Education: University of Nevada – Las Vegas and Chico (Calif.) State

Professional


2017 Highlights

• Won year-end title in the California Circuit.
• Won Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo for second straight year
• Finished second at Industry Hills (Calif.) Charity Pro Rodeo
• Finished second at Sheriff's PRCA Rodeo (San Bernardino, Calif.)
• Finished second at the Calgary Stampede after being a last minute replacement - solidified her spot at the NFR and was the biggest check she had ever won.
• Won St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo
• Won Reno (Nev.) Rodeo


Career Highlights

• 2016 - Finished the year ranked 19th with $54,113; Won the California Circuit Finals (Lancaster); won the average at Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, the Caribou County Fair and Rodeo (Grace, Idaho) and California Rodeo Salinas; finished 2nd at the Omak (Wash.) Stampede and 2nd at the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo
• 2015 - Not ranked in top 500
• 2014 - Not ranked in top 500
• 2013 - Ranked 138th with $6,987
• 2012 - Not ranked in top 500
• 2011 - Ranked 66th in the world with $15,920.
• 2010 - Competed in first Wrangler NFR and finished the year ranked 11th with $86,473 aboard Rebas Smokey Joe "Blue Duck: a 16-year old gelding. Placed second in the first round with a time of 13.92 seconds; won the year-end title in the California Circuit and qualified for the DNCFR, the Klamath Falls (Ore.) Great NW PRCA Rodeo, the Truckee (Calif.) Championship ProRodeo, the Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo, the Stonyford (Calif.) Rodeo, the Kern County Sheriff Reserve Stampede Days Rodeo (Bakersfield, Calif.). and the Auburn (Calif.) Wild West Stampede.
• 2009 – Finished the year ranked 26th with $36,113. Won the Stonyford (Calif.) Rodeo.
• 2008 – Finished the year ranked 33rd with $25,171. Won the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo (Colorado Springs, Colo.).


Awards

Rafter W Minnie Reba "Sister" was named the AQHA/WPRA Barrel Racing Horse of the Year, 2017.

Personal



Husband, James Miller (general manager of Red Bluff Roundup), two daughters (4 years and 16 months as of Aug. 2016)…Parents are Sam and Roxy Williams and brothers are Clint and Wyatt…Father Sam trained her horse Blue Duck which was a homegrown horse and started out as Sam’s roping horse. The family also raised and trained Minnie Reba "Sister" and named her that as she is a half sister to Blue Duck…After getting married moved to Tennessee for a couple of years before coming back to California...Favorite rodeo is Salinas…Grew up in a rodeo family and started running barrels when she was 12…Biggest influence on her career has been her dad because he trains all her horses and taught her everything she knows about riding…Enjoys watching movies, reading books and going shopping. Also likes playing craps as the card games bore her…Favorite TV show is Castle, favorite food is Italian and favorite rodeo is Salinas…Is a San Francisco Giants baseball fan...Competed on the UNLV Rodeo team. Meet her husband in Las Vegas and got married there...Would seek rodeo advice from World Champion Charmayne James.

 

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