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089. Strength, Survival, and A Stallion with Amber Duckett


089. Strength, Survival, and A Stallion with Amber Duckett


In an episode filled with tales of perseverance, ambition, and a deep-rooted passion for the equine industry, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Amber Duckett. Amber’s story is not just one of success in the horse training and breeding world, but also an inspiring narrative of overcoming adversity.


A Second Chance at Life

Amber Duckett’s journey took a dramatic turn in May of 2012 following a severe horseback riding accident that left her with a compound fracture and a long road to recovery ahead. Despite the grim circumstances, Amber's indomitable spirit shone through. Confined to a chair and unable to bear weight on her injured leg, she improvised, leveraging the situation to refine her skills in giving riding lessons. This experience, Amber recounts, transformed a challenging period into an unexpected opportunity to grow and learn.


But life had more trials in store. A few months later, Amber faced a near-fatal accident that drastically changed everything. From severe brain trauma to a multiplicity of broken bones, her condition was dire. However, the story of how her then 7-year-old daughter single-handedly coordinated rescue efforts stands as a testament to bravery and the impact of parenting.


On the Rail with One And Only Asset

Emerging from her life-threatening experiences with renewed vigor, Amber turned her focus to making strides in the equine world. Enter "Marshall," the bay tobiano stallion also known as One And Only Asset, that has not just captured Amber's heart but also made a significant impact in the Paint Horse breeding landscape.


Amber’s enthusiasm for Marshall is palpable as she discusses his versatility, kindness, and how he’s proving himself as a sire of distinction. But it's not just his show record that makes Marshall special; it's his ability to pass on his stellar attributes to his offspring, affectionately known as "marshmallows."


Navigating Change in the Equine Industry

Amber also took a moment to address the recent controversial changes in the APHA (American Paint Horse Association) regulations regarding solid-bred Paints. With a pragmatic and hopeful outlook, Amber believes in focusing on the possibilities and positive aspects that these changes could bring about. She trusts in the resilience of the Paint Horse community and remains confident about finding a path that honors the breed's legacy while embracing a future of inclusivity.


A Message of Resilience and Hope

Amber Duckett's story is more than a narrative of personal and professional triumphs; it's a stark reminder of the unpredictability of life and the power of a positive mindset. Her journey is one of overcoming insurmountable odds, a testament to the human and equine spirit's resilience.

In her words, we find a calling to be kinder, to persevere in the face of adversity, and to always, always find the strength to get back on the horse. Whether you are an equestrian enthusiast, a do-it-yourself trainer, or someone facing hurdles, Amber's story is a beacon of hope and a narrative that champions the spirit of never giving up.


For more stories, insights, and lessons from the stock horse show world, stay tuned to our podcast. Amber Duckett's journey and the story of One And Only Asset remind us of the unbeatable strength found in passion, determination, and the healing power of horses.

 

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