By RODNEY D. BOAM
The McMillan Family Trick Riders have been selected to be the specialty act at That Famous Preston Night Rodeo to be held on July 26, 27 and 28. Four of the nine siblings of the McMillan family have thrilled audiences in the rodeo world with their fast paced vaulting and daring tricks while riding horseback.
Caleb, 13, is the oldest of the trick riders. Caleb was the 2011 Washington State Jr. High All-Around Champion in 2011. His amazing athletic ability enables him to vault from one side to the other like the old-time cowboys used to do. Riley, 10, is the big sister of the family and she loves to trick ride. Riley’s hard work pays off when she rounds the arena with her tricks as her flaming red hair flies in the wind. Callahan, 9, is the daredevil of the family. With her pony, Rebels, she will do some amazing tricks that few would expect from such a little girl. Davey, 7, is the youngest of the group. Davey is a real showman and is the hit of every show.
Mark and Lynette, the children’s parents, are stock contractors in the northwest and wanted to add something extra to their rodeos. They sent the two girls to a trick riding camp near Pueblo, Colo. The riding camp started their career. The two brothers, Caleb and Davey, quickly joined the girls.
The McMillan Family Trick Riders have been performing at rodeos throughout the northwest for the past three years and this year they are booked all over the country. Their passion for rodeo and entertaining are evident as they round the arena with their bright smiles and tips of their hats! Davey says, “I love to hear the crowd roaring in my ears when I do my tricks. It makes me happy to make other people happy.”
The McMillan’s hail from Soap Lake, Wash., and, it seems were born with the desire to ride and entertain. The McMillan Trick Riders are fully involved in the rodeo world.
Equally as impressive as their acrobatics on horses is the McMillan’s family bond.
They have been involved in the foster parent program in the state of Washington.
The have adopted four of the five children who have found love and acceptance with the McMillan family. The foster children have had an opportunity to learn the value of work by helping on the cattle ranch.
“We just want to make a better life for the children and foster children,” Lynette said.
Make sure to see the McMillan’s perform at the That Famous Preston Night Rodeo.
This story is sponsored by Irrigation Aid and FCMC Okie Dokie Corral.
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