SUCCESS: Jeff Miller (right), pictured in combination with Joel Lillyman, is in a purple patch of form in team roping. INSET: Shellie, Jeff and Kobe Miller are all aiming for the APRA championship finals.
SUCCESS: Jeff Miller (right), pictured in combination with Joel Lillyman, is in a purple patch of form in team roping. INSET: Shellie, Jeff and Kobe Miller are all aiming for the APRA championship finals. Gerard Walsh And Contributed

Family aiming for a team finals spot in professional rodeo

RODEO: Jeff Miller and son Kobe have taken the first steps towards competing in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association Australian Championships as a father-and-son team roping combination.

At age 15, Kobe will be one of the youngest finalists if he maintains his spot in the top-15 and qualifies for the championships.

The dreams of the pair to compete in the championships were boosted when they finished second late last week in one of the two rodeos at Alton Downs.

Jeff is even closer to qualification after winning the first rodeo at Alton Downs in combination with Jesse Townsend.

"Kobe is keen to go, and has brought me out of semi-retirement to have a go to make the championships."

Jeff's guess is that Kobe would need placings in two or three more rodeos up to April 30 to finish in the top-15.

Like so many in rodeo, every member of the family competes, with Kobe's mother Shellie Miller likely to qualify for the barrel racing after being an early leader in the APRA season.

The Miller family will compete at Wagga Wagga on January 30, then three rodeos on the March long weekend in Victoria and Emerald and Roma at Easter.

"It would be great if we could all make the championship finals," Jeff said.

"After moving back to Warwick, we had a quiet year, but are gearing up for a busy 2016."



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