Childhood friend's painting is displayed in Christy McCullough's bedroom

June 11, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Christy McCullough’s bedroom in her family’s farmhouse in Clinton is peppered with artifacts showing her love of horses. Next to a photograph of her and her sister Brooke jumping from a round bale is a painting given to her by a childhood friend, Morgan Bryan, who used to live nearby. Bryan, who now lives in Chilhowee, made the painting of the horse for Christy’s coronation as Miss Teen Rodeo Missouri.

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