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Award-winning writing that illuminates, educates, and intrigues with vivid stories and distinctive voices, all on your deadline. My specialties: animal, veterinary, rural, historical, and natural history pieces, as well as stories from communities with distinctive but rarely heard voices.


Books and Sample chapters  

From The Home Run Horse: Inside America's Billion-Dollar Racehorse Industry and the High-Stakes Dreams that Fuel It  (DRF Press, 2004):

Available on Amazon.com or from the author via gcoakford [at] gmail [dot] com. 

To read Chapter 1, The Gamble, click here

To read Chapter 3, A Kingdom in a Horse, click here

To read Chapter 6, The Good Eye, click here. 

 I also am the co-author of 


Writing Samples


"No Definites Exist in Diagnosing Lyme Disease," The Chronicle of the Horse, October 27, 2014

"Equine Herpesvirus: What You Need to Know," United States Equestrian Federation, February 27, 2017

"Vets Gain Ground Against Disease Suffered by Paynter and Barbaro," Daily Racing Form, March 21, 2013

"Hoof Abscesses: Tips for Treatment and Prevention," Equestrian Weekly, September 26, 2017

"Compassionate Care," see pages 42-48, Keeneland, Winter 2014

"Eight Belles's Injury Rare and Baffling," Daily Racing Form, May 5, 2008


"Saving Ground: Fair Hill's Equestrian Community Unites to Grow and Preserve Land for Horse Sports," Equestrian Weekly, August 15, 2017

"He's Not an Ordinary Horse": Team Effort Brought Crackerjack to Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event," Equestrian Weekly, April 28, 2017

"From Hippotherapy to Paralympic Dreams," Equestrian Weekly, August 15, 2017

"Morgan Pony Stallion Forsite Renoir Aims for Repeat at National Dressage Pony Cup," Equestrian Weekly, July 3, 2017

"Unbridled's Song a Game Changer," Daily Racing Form, Aug. 1, 2013

"Life After the Chase: Hound Welfare Fund cares for retirees," Keeneland, Winter 2013

"Zenyatta: Wait for First Foal Combines Science, Art, and Anticipation," Daily Racing Form, February 28, 2012

"A Dangerous Pas de Deux for Stud Groom and Student," Daily Racing Form, March 8, 2002

"Havre de Grace Tiptop Heading into Fasig-Tipton's November Sale," Daily Racing Form, October 18, 2012

"David Hanley: A Skilled Horseman," Constellation (WinStar Farm's in-house magazine), Winter 2015


"Fasig-Tipton: Saratoga Select Sale Has Solid Second Night, Cutting Losses," Daily Racing Form, August 8, 2012

"Risk Defines Story of $16 Million Colt," Daily Racing Form, March 3, 2006