Author and Print/Video Journalist

 

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Living in: Lexington, Kentucky, with husband Christopher, one dog, and two horses.

Passionate about: Natural history, veterinary science, the animal world, and general-interest historical topics. Horses and hounds. Off-the-wall stories, quirky characters, distinctive voices. Nonfiction. Sustaining an eco-friendly rural lifestyle. Storytelling, in words and images. 

Education: Princeton University, 1986-1990. A.B. English literature, concentration in creative writing. Trinity College Dublin, 1988-1989. Junior year abroad, studied Anglo-Irish literature.

Radio and Television appearances: 

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. Appearances also include "The Gamble," a Science Times documentary about genetics in Thoroughbred breeding that aired on the National Geographic channel on November 13, 2001. 

Lecture appearances: 

  • 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." See release here
  • Jack Jouett House, Versailles, Ky., June 2015: "The Thoroughbred in Early Kentucky." See release here.

Career:

Writing also has appeared in Triple Crown Insider's magazine-style digital flip books. Video clients also have included Blood-HorseShapley'sStonestreet Farms, and Retired Racehorse Project.

  • 1999-2013 Daily Racing Form's senior bloodstock correspondent
  • Feb. 2012 "Night Watch" video featured on NPR.org's The Two-Way Blog
  • Author of narrative nonfiction book The Home Run Horse  (DRF Press, 2004)
  • Work has appeared on ESPN.com, DRF.com, BloodHorse.com, and in a variety of publications
  • Previously the editor of Equine Athlete and the news and features editor at Thoroughbred Times. 

Honors: 

  • 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

Affiliations:

  • 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