Sam Mignano Farm is the home of championship horses that race across the state of Michigan and Ohio in harness racing. Harness racing is when the horses go at a specific trot.
It takes a lot to clean, train, and break in horses, which is what Ann Miller and Mike Jarvis do on the farm. Miller and Jarvis are just two of the employees on the farm.
Jarvis takes the horses out on the track to either practice for upcoming races or to break in a horse. It can take from couple weeks to a couple months to break in a horse, depending on the horse.
Ann Miller does most of her work in the barn. She would take each horse out of their stable, one by one, to clean it out.
Miller started riding horses at the age of 9, but switched to harness racing at by the age of 19. She had been at the farm for about a week and half, but she had worked there a couple before.
“It’s a very hard place to work,” Miller said. “They go through employees quickly because the boss is so strict.” Miller occasionally brings her six year old daughter Gracie to work with her. Gracie said she would only work if her mom gave her one dollar.