Saturday, March 5, 2016

HRN: Racing's Future: Acacia Courtney

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

Racing's Future: Acacia Courtney

""Racing’s Future" is a Q&A series in which I aspire to help everyone in the industry. In addition to shining a spotlight on youth who plan to have a career in horse racing, I hope that the opinions expressed in their responses will offer industry leaders insight into what a younger audience believes the sport should improve upon.

Meet Acacia Courtney

Originally from Connecticut, 23-year-old Acacia Courtney currently lives in New York City. Although she only recently became involved in horse racing, she is a lifelong horse lover, having grown up riding and being trained in hunter/jumper and dressage disciplines. While her family has always watched the Kentucky Derby for as long as she can remember, it was when she started working with off-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) that she became hooked on the sport. Acacia is the founder and president of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Racing for Home Inc., which is dedicated to re-purposing OTTBs for new careers after the racetrack. Trips to the Suffolk Downs backside led to a full-fledged passion for racing and an enhanced love and appreciation for equine athletes, and about two and a half years ago, Acacia dove in to the industry headfirst. She has been blogging for America’s Best Racing for a year, and recently joined the Horse Racing Radio Network team full-time as an analyst after working as the paddock/winner’s circle commentator and interviewer for the Derby, Saratoga stakes races, and Breeders’ Cup. She is the co-host of the Xpressbet Radio shows, covering live racing from multiple tracks with with Anthony “The Big A” Stabile. Aside from her involvement in racing, Acacia was Miss Connecticut 2014 and a top-15 semifinalist in that year’s Miss America pageant, and graduated from Fordham University with a major in Communications (Journalism concentration) in December 2015. . ."
Click here to read the rest of my newest Horse Racing Nation article.

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