Leandra Millard just won her second saddle. Just to win one saddle is a goal many who rodeo never meet, but consider this: Leandra is just nine years old and has won two saddles.
How did she do it? This Lake Creek Learning Center 4th grader already has six years of riding experience and the championships to prove it.
Her most recent win was in Red Bluff, Calif. where she competed in the
Red Bluff Junior Round-Up, Sept. 8 and 9 and earned the All-Around
Junior Cowgirl honor and her second saddle.
At the tender
age of three, she was the Trail Dust Saddle Club Pee-Wee Lead Line
Champion and the 2001 Gold Dust Arena Pee Champion. In 2002, Leandra
was the Southern Oregon Barrel Racing Champion Pee Wee 12 & Under
and in 2003 and 2004 she was the Run for the Border 4D Champion Pee
As a six-year-old she was named Central Oregon Pee
Wee Rodeo Association all-Around Cowgirl. As a seven-year-old, she
earned her first saddle at the Eugene Youth Rodeo when she was named
In addition to working her horse and
attending rodeos and being a student, Leandra knows what it takes to be
a tough cowgirl. She has many chores and responsibilities as she takes
care of her 15 chickens, her dog and cat, and feeds and cleans stalls
for her most loved horses. In addition, she takes great interest in the
well being of her small herd of cattle. She is an excited first year
4-H member and has a steer she has named Clyder. The steer is being
raised from her own cow, Rosie.
All of this happens on the
beautiful Lake Creek Ranch owned by Bill and Maxine Jackson where
Leandra lives with her parents, Ben and Angala Millard.
of Leandra’s hard work and dedication seems to be paying off. The
future in the sport of rodeo looks to be promising for this little
cowgirl. But she knows it takes support of friends and family to make
it all possible. And, she is most thankful for the extra support and
sponsorship given by John Stanfield of Rogue Valley Horse Blanket
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent