Equine Superstars & Everyday Heroes – Harvard

Johnny Miller and “Harvard 412.” (Photo by Jody Blackwell-West)

By Janis Blackwell 

In the thriving metropolis of Kadane Corner, Texas, lives Johnny Miller. Miller, well known as an exceptional horse trainer, team roper, steer roper, rancher and former Marlboro Man, is the owner of this month’s featured horse, “Harvard,” a five-year-old AQHA-registered stallion.

Harvard’s full registered name is “Harvard 412,” a son of “Cat’s Merada” by “High Brow Cat” and out of “Chex Party Mix 601.” “Chex Party Mix 601” is a daughter of “Little Trona” who is by “Freckles Playboy.” So it goes without saying Harvard is bred to have some athletic ability and a good mind, and those are exactly the qualities Johnny attributes to him.

Those attributes and his versatility have caused him to be selected as this month’s Equine Everyday Hero.

If Harvard were to be hauled to rodeos, horse shows, big ropings or cuttings, he might very well evolve into an Equine Superstar. However, it seems he is destined to live his life out on the ranch as Miller’s No. 1 go-to horse for any job. When I asked Miller how he came to own Harvard, he chuckled a little and said he’d been invited by some friends to go look at some horses for sale. When they arrived, he asked the young man showing the horses if he had any two-year-olds.

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