Meet the May Horse of the Month
You Jump I Jump
Name: You Jump I Jump, “Jumper”
16-year-old OTTB Gelding
Owner: Beth Miller-Saul
You Jump I Jump, lovingly known as Jumper, was a racehorse in his past life, but his life’s accomplishments didn’t stop there. Jumper is a 16-year-old thoroughbred gelding who, over the years, has demonstrated the versatility of the thoroughbred breed – from a racing career win in 2011 to pony horse on the track and hunter/jumper in the show ring to teaching his riders the ropes.
“Jumper started his career as a racehorse in 2010, but at that time, we did not own him. In 2011, he was given to my daughter (Dana) and granddaughter (Lexia). We raced him and we won with him (ridden by Lexia’s father Jose), and he gave it all he had every single time.
After a couple years of racing, we decided to retire him sound and happy to move on to his new job as my daughter’s pony horse. She also learned to gallop horses on him. Following his years of service on the track, Jumper became Dana’s show horse as a hunter/jumper and became my granddaughter’s first show horse on whom she learned to ride. He was so versatile and he loved every minute of whatever he was doing.
As Jumper got older, he had a bad bout with founder and we decided to retire him. At 16 years old, he is the barn mascot and because of my daughter and granddaughter’s great love and care he is living his best life. Jumper has brought so much love and joy to our family.
Jumper has such a calming presence with young horses and is the first face we see when we walk in the barn in the morning. He is a horse that comes along once in a lifetime. From racing to ponying to show horse to just part of the family. With the tender loving care and special care by Dana, Lexia and Jose, Jumper has stood the test of time. He is well known at the racetrack with many fans and admirers.
Although he has retired, you could say Jumper fills a role as our emotional support as an everyday constant in our life. If you can’t find Lexia, just look in Jumper’s stall as she jumped up on him with her arms around him. You just have to love and respect what this one horse has done in his lifetime and why he means so much to so many.”
You Jump I Jump, the May Horse of the Month