Caroline Sumner Horse Racing 101Caroline Sumner Horse Racing 101Founder and Owner, Caroline Sumner

Horse Racing 101 founder and south Alabama-native Caroline Sumner grew up riding horses in a variety of English sports such as eventing and hunter/jumper. Alabama is not a racing-friendly state and her first experience at a racetrack was in 2004 when she and her mother visited Keeneland Racecourse and various breeding farms in Lexington, Kentucky. While she loved the horses, her real passion for the racing industry came a few years later when she met her now-deceased off-track thoroughbred, Kaotic’s Reality.  She graduated from Midway College in December of 2012 with a degree in Equine Studies. Throughout college, she worked on a commercial breeding farm and on the racetrack in various positions that include: barn foreman, hotwalker, and groom. A career-ending shoulder injury forced her to choose other methods of remaining involved with the horse racing industry but she remains an avid supporter of thoroughbreds both on the racetrack and in their second careers.

Caroline currently resides in Hickory, North Carolina where she operates this website full time in addition to teaching riding lessons and freelance grooming out of Mimosa Hills Farm. Her other interests include bodybuilding, cooking, reading, and traveling.

Marketing Specialist, Tara Cochranbio-pic

Atlanta, Georgia native Tara Cochran fell in love with horse racing early in life during visits to Versailles, KY and nerby Keeneland Race Course. She cut her teeth in racing on the backside of Churchill Downs working for Ron Moquett while attending the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program in 2003. She garnered further experience in racing through an internship at Churchill Downs, the Keeneland yearling sales and production assistance for TVG.  In 2006 she returned to Georgia to work with Atlanta-based Long Grove Bloodstock and earned certification fromthe Connecticut School of Broadcasting. In 2008 she was hired by the Gulfstream Park Media Department, which ultimately lead her to enroll at the University of Miami to complete her studies in Broadcast Journalism and Sports Marketing.

She currently resides in Georgia and is the National Sales Manager for a Sports Nutrition Company.  She remains involved in racing through volunteering with the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition and the Georgia Equine Education Project.  In 2013 she founded her own horse rescue, Three Cheers For Third Careers. Her current project in racing is All About The Race, where she offers social media, marketing and public relations services to businesses and individuals in the horse racing industry.

As a former professional athlete, Tara stays active in the gym and outdoors, and is an avid music listener and concert goer.  She lives on a farm with her two off-track Thoroughbreds, Bondsman (the first horse she hot walked) and Banzai (her first rescue), her Quarter Horse, two bulldogs, and the occasional stray cat.

Contributor, Heather Gregorek headshot

Originally from upstate New York, but currently residing in Pennsylvania’s horse rich Chester County, Heather Gregorek is an avid horse racing fan who believes that her true calling in life is to work with animals, horses in particular. She started her horse racing career on the backside of Saratoga Race Course at the age of fifteen. After graduating from State University of New York at the Cobleskill location in 2010 with an Associate of Applied Science in Thoroughbred Management, she made her way to Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard’s Ashwell Stables where she fell in love with steeplechase horse racing.

Her hobbies include enjoying her two off the track thoroughbreds, acquiring all the small tidbits of random information that she can, and baking.