“I’ve always had a need for speed, so that is how my involvement in the sport of rodeo evolved,” said the animal loving Kansas native who now resides in Weatherford, Okla.
And, when she says speed, she means it. Miller is currently ranked in the top 15 in the sport of barrel racing, with the dream of making her first appearance as a National Finals Rodeo contestant in Las Vegas later this year.
But being ranked in the top 15 hasn’t happened overnight, nor has it come easily. Miller works full-time as a registered dental hygienist, and therefore typically only competes on weekends. However, with high-quality, healthy horses she has been able to achieve the goals she set for herself: win the Prairie Circuit, check; win the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee Fla., and qualify for Calgary Stampede, check, check; perform well at Calgary and Cheyenne, check, check. One goal at a time, and one day at a time is how this young cowgirl balances her profession and her passion.
Miller started using the Vitalize High Performance pellets on Jet, one of her more nervous horses that is ulcer-prone, to see if it would make a difference. After about 30 days, she noticed a healthier, calmer horse with a shinier hair coat. She introduced the supplement to the rest of her horses to keep them healthy and performing.
“A happy horse is a horse that’s going to perform, and if they are not 100%, they can’t do their job. In a competition like professional barrel racing, you must have your horses at their best all the time. If you don’t have your horses at their best, somebody else does,” Miller said. “Being reassured that my horses have that Vitalize supplement and they are feeling good is one less thing for me to worry about. If they aren’t feeling good, and time comes down to a one-hundredth of a second, everything counts. So, you have got to have them tip-top and ready to go.”
“I’ve known Emily since she was such a little girl they had to glue blocks of wood to her stirrups so she could reach,” said John Jeffrey, BioZyme Area Sales Manager for Oklahoma and Eastern Kansas. “She works hard, has first-rate character and will represent our company and our brand with poise, grace and humility.”
As a Vitalize ambassador, Miller will represent and promote the brand at various rodeos and equine events. She is a firm believer in the products and feeds the Vitalize Equine High Performance pellets daily and uses the Vitalize Equine Recovery Paste when she travels long distances.
“Your horse’s health and well-being is a game changer. You’ve got to prioritize that if you want top-performing equine athletes,” Miller said. “This company has done its research and really has a top-quality product that is necessary if you want to have a chance competing at a top level. You owe it to yourself and your horse to give them the best chance to do that.”
For more information about Vitalize products, or to find a dealer near you, visit www.vitalizeeq.com.