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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 6, The Good Eye, click here. 

 I also am the co-author of 


Writing Samples

US Equestrian Magazine

Spring 2019 issue

Winter 2018 issue

Fall 2018 issue (including World Equestrian Games preview)

Summer 2018 issue

Spring 2018 issue


"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


“Preparing for Disaster,” US Equestrian magazine, spring 2018

"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

"Horses are Helping Veterans Find New Joy—and a Path to Equestrian Sport," Equestrian Weekly, Nov. 7, 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

"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