editor and author
TOPICS OF INTEREST
Veterinary science and the One Health Initiative, the environment, rural life, sustainable agriculture, natural history, marine life and seabirds, horses and dogs, general-interest historical topics, and reviving forgotten stories and voices. I also love off-the-wall stories, curiosities, quirky characters, and distinctive voices; nonfiction; and digital and video technology and how they enable great storytelling, whether on social media or in long form. Storytelling, in words and images.
Client list has included Veterinary Information Network News Service, Vets First Choice (case studies), American Kennel Club, Retired Racehorse Project, The Chronicle of the Horse, Keeneland Magazine, Masters of Fox Hounds Association, Constellation (the in-house magazine of WinStar Farm), and Blood-Horse
Princeton University. A.B. English literature, concentration in creative writing.
Trinity College Dublin, 1988-1989. Junior year abroad, studied Anglo-Irish literature.
Joseph B. Thomas: An American Sportsman (Rowman & Littlefield, fall 2019)
The Iroquois Hunt: A Bluegrass Foxhunting Tradition (Arcadia Press, 2014)
Author of The Home Run Horse: Inside America’s Billion-Dollar Racehorse Industry and the High-Stakes Dreams that Fuel It (DRF Press, 2004).
Writing and/or video has appeared on National Public Radio’s “The Two-Way,” Veterinary Information Network News Service, Vets First Choice, American Kennel Club, ESPN.com, US Equestrian magazine, Daily Racing Form, and numerous other publications and sites. Video clients also have included Blood-Horse, Shapley's, Stonestreet Farms, and Retired Racehorse Project.
2016-PRESENT. Senior content editor at the non-profit United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the national governing body for equestrian sport in the United States. Duties include
Overseeing and directing the redesign and print relaunch of US Equestrian, the organization's membership magazine, which earned the 2018 Publication of the Year title from the American Horse Publications
Serving as original content producer and editor-in-chief for both US Equestrian magazine and USEF's weekly digital newsletter, “Equestrian Weekly,” which goes out to more than 212,000 subscribers each week
working directly with veterinarians and subject matter experts to produce regular educational stories that translate scientific and technical information, including horse health issues and drug testing, into easy-to-use material for a general audience
working with an internal design team as well as outside contractors, such as freelance photographers and writers, and printers
working closely with US Equestrian's 21 affiliated equine breed and equestrian sport organizations to identify and produce relevant original content packages that enhance or promote USEF-recognized breeds and sports within US Equestrian's larger strategy (to provide access to and increase participation in equestrian sports at all levels through inspiration and education, and by ensuring fairness, safety, and enjoyment)
strategizing with many of USEF’s 15 public-facing departments to develop communications that promote USEF public programs, ranging from licensing and education of competition officials to athlete development programs to fan-friendly initiatives like the “Joy Tour”
editing membership communications for content, accuracy, consistency of organizational voice and style, and ease of use for reader
providing editorial leadership, writing, interviewing, copyediting, and contracting with various writers, photographers, and stakeholders
2013-PRESENT. Freelance video taping/editing, writing, editing, and strategic communications. Client list has included
Vets First Choice (case studies)
1999-2013. Daily Racing Form's senior bloodstock business correspondent, covering veterinary, agribusiness, and equine breeding and sales issues
Previously the editor of the veterinary magazine Equine Athlete and news and features editor at Thoroughbred Times.
NATIONAL AWARDS AND HONORs
2018 American Horse Publications’ Overall Publication of the Year for US Equestrian magazine
2012 Eclipse Award - Audio/Multimedia
2009 John H. Daniels Fellow at the National Sporting Library
1999 Kent Hollingsworth Award for Excellence in Reporting
1997 Bill Leggett Breeders' Cup Magazine Writing Award
University of Kentucky Equine Programs Advisory Committee member
Retired Racehorse Project board member, 2014-2015.
Clear Creek Beagles member
Hound Welfare Fund - Co-founder and executive committee member
Audubon Society member
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds member
RADIO AND TELEVISION APPEARANCES
"The Gamble," a Science Times documentary about genetics in Thoroughbred breeding that aired on the National Geographic channel. Regular guest on "At the Races with Steve Byk," Thoroughbred racing's best-known daily radio news show (Thoroughbred Racing Radio Network, Sirius XM Satellite Radio) and on HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports.
Jack Jouett Historic House, Versailles, Ky., June 2019 and June 2015: "The Thoroughbred in Early Kentucky."
National Sporting Library, Middleburg, Va., May 2015: "Historic Houndophiles." See release here.
Keeneland Library Lecture Series, Lexington, Ky., April 2015: "The Iroquois Hunt: A Bluegrass Foxhunting Tradition."