Growing up in Louisville, it was hard for me to escape all things horse racing. With a father who made it his yearly tradition to go out and bet on the Kentucky Derby and his weekly tradition to sip on some honey and bourbon, play the guitar and talk about all of the horse races happening throughout the year with his drinking buddies, I grew up with the talk of horse racing in my blood. This tradition and culture has followed me in to my thirties.
While I don’t condone the poor treatment of horses or the poor self -care by the jockeys, I love the sport of horse racing at its heart and in its idealism. There is something about sipping on a Mint Julep every spring around race festival time, decorating yourself (if you are a lady like me) in the most frivolous of hats, and taking in the energy and the atmosphere of the Kentucky Derby that is like no other place in the world that I have personally experienced. I love the history, I love the traditions and I love the horses.
As a lover of all things horse racing, I cannot deny that there is a dark and dirty side to the sport. I vow in my writing to not hide or gloss over the downsides, but I will continue to advocate for the horses, for their well being and for measures that will continue to further clean up the sport and it’s practices moving forward. I love sitting out in the grandstands, sipping on a drink, taking in the sunshine and the noise of the crowds and the excitement that comes from betting in a fair and fun fashion. This is the idealistic version of the sport that I support and the one I will continue to advocate for.
I do not support performance enhancing drugs, slaughtering horses unless it is done to remove their suffering and for their overall wellbeing. I don’t like the criminal side of the sport, but I understand that there is some form of illegal activity associated with most major enterprises in the world.
If you are wondering about the person beyond the world of horse racing, I am a thirty something year old lady who is still working on find herself and exploring the world. I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2002 with a Bachelors degree in Communication and a minor in Animal Sciences. After completing my Bachelors degree, my other love of outdoor sports led me to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for just over a decade. I put the 9 to 5 corporate world on hold for a while to work as a white water rafting guide during the summer and at a ski resort in the winter, all while pursuing my writing career on the side. In my free time, I volunteered at local ranches and spent time taking care of horses, and of course watched the horse races on television when I got the chance.
Love and family inspired me to move back to Kentucky in 2013. With an aging family that I want to spend as much time with as possible, and an old high school friend turned relationship, I find myself back here in my old neck of the woods in Kentucky. I’m back to my old ways of spending the weekends with dad drinking some honey and bourbons (and some mint juleps come festival time), playing the guitar, and talking about the horse races. Life is good down here in Kentucky, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.