Anna Miller is a K and T sponsored rider. She owns a beautiful buckskin mare, Jupiter (pictured). Together, they train to compete in barrel racing. Their anniversary as a horse and rider team is on May 22! To celebrate, we asked Anna to tell us a bit about her journey with Jupiter...
1. How did you find out about Jupe?
"When I started looking for a new horse due to out growing my old mare I contacted a friend in the lower 48 who led me to Jupiter’s old owner. I was actually looking at an already trained barrel horse when I fell in love with the buckskin that kept sneaking in the photos sent to me. I ended up purchasing Jupiter & having her hauled to me in Alaska."
2.What breed is Jupiter?
"Jupiter is a registered quarter horse full of Hancock and Driftwood lines. I aim to have a solid foundation on her, then tackle our dream of barrel racing & pole bending."
3. Horse ownership is a learning experience. What have you learned from Jupiter?
"I’ve learned a lot from Jupe but probably the biggest thing I’ve learned is to NEVER give up. It’s going to be hard, people are going to shake their head in disbelief, you’re going to get hurt & you’re going to feel like you’re losing at times. But never give up. There’s so much you’ve already done. Remember to take a step back and see how far you have come & just keep working until you reach your goals."
4. Is there anything you would like to add about Jupiter?
"The last year of owning Jupiter has been one of the hardest years of my life. She has sent me to the ER, cost me thousands in vet bills, made me feel like it wasn’t worth getting back on & more… but she also taught me what it’s like to feel on top of the world. If I could offer everyone just a second of what it’s like to ride this majestic beast, I would. She will change your life like she has changed mine."
We hope Anna's story about her dream team in the making is a great message to anyone who is struggling with their horse. These animals are intelligent, beautiful, and have more heart than many of us humans so heed Anna's advice: do not give up. If you'd like to hear more about the K and T team's own struggles and how YOU can learn from them, check out: http://www.kandtcreationsllc.com/single-post/2017/03/10/Lessons-Learned-Show-Season-Encouragement
Happy Anniversary, Anna and Jupiter! We wish you the best!