There is always interesting stories on the backstretch of any racetrack. I tell people it is like a carnival lifestyle. People in the business go from track to track and most consider their track friends, their family. This is the case for an twelve year old girl at Canterbury Park named Briannah. She met my dad a couple of
years ago and he has kind of taken her under his wing and become a mentor to her. She helps around the barn and takes in as much as she can about training horses. She reminds me of myself at her age, having only horses on the brain. She took a ten week course on becoming a groom and was the youngest in the class. Already she has her certification. She hopes to become a jockey someday and strolls the aisles in the barns, daydreaming about owning just about every horse she passes. She has a cute pony named "Rocket Man" that she claims is the fastest pony ever to set foot on a racetrack. She also has a 2 year old quarter horse named "Jessie" pictured below that my dad found for her at a auction. She is a good kid, a smart kid and I have lots of hope for her future. The next couple years will be tough for her. She has a difficult family situation, and I hope her love of horses pulls her through.
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