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By Tim Horan
Salina Journal 

Abilene woman, 24, spends much of her life in the saddle


ABILENE, Kan. (AP) — Some joke that Micah Samples was born on a horse.

"I was on a horse with my mom pretty much right after I was born," Samples told the Salina Journal ( ). "Or as soon as I could set up there."

Throughout much of her life, the soon-to-be 24-year-old cowgirl has been in a saddle.

She started competing in barrel racing at the age of 5 and competed in her first professional rodeo, the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo, at age 8.

She cashed her first barrel racing check, $800, after she placed in the Abilene rodeo at the age of 14.

Though she was just an amateur a...

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