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HRN Original Blog:
Portrait of a Thoroughbred
Posted Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Heidi Carpenter, armed with her trusty camera, was on hand to bring you all the action from Saratoga's biggest day.
Posted Monday, August 18, 2014
Enjoy as Heidi Carpenter captures Arlington Million Day at Arlington International as only she can.
Posted Sunday, August 03, 2014
This week marks two years since popular turf mare Winter Memories retired. In honor of the gray lady's feats on the track, here is a re-run of a 2013 blog post commemorating her.
Posted Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Heidi Carpenter captures all the beauty of great racing on the Arlington Park turf course.
Posted Monday, June 02, 2014
HRN Photographer Heidi Carpenter recently visited Our Mims Retirement Haven. Please enjoy as she captures the essence of a very special place.
Posted Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Relive a beautiful Saturday at Arlington Park through the photos of Heidi Carpenter...
Posted Sunday, April 20, 2014
Heidi Carpenter captures a beautiful Illinois Derby Day through photos.
Posted Monday, April 14, 2014
Horse Racing Nation photo essayist, Heidi Carpenter, catches a beautiful day of racing all the way around at Keeneland on Blue Grass Day.
Posted Monday, April 07, 2014
Please enjoy as Heidi Carpenter takes on a journey into local racing history through her camera lens.
Posted Monday, March 03, 2014
"Life After the Finish" is a photo blog spotlighting off-track Thoroughbreds (a.k.a. OTTBs) that have left behind the racing industry to become show horses, personal riding horses, and/or companion horses.
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 Meet Heidi Carpenter

 

An equestrian since 1986, Heidi has loved horses for as long as she can remember. She fell in love with the sport and history of Thoroughbred racing as a young girl after reading about the great champions of yesteryear, including Man o' War, Lexington, Equipoise, and Citation.

Always very visual and imaginative--as well as a romantic at heart--Heidi has a great interest in the stories, connections and images abound in Thoroughbred racing. She also enjoys studying pedigrees and racing history.

The first Kentucky Derby Heidi watched was in 1991, and the first racehorse she fell in love with was Cigar. Her all-time favorites include Ruffian, Man o' War, Dr. Fager, John Henry and Winter Memories.

Heidi lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband (who is also a racing fan) and four cats, and has her beloved horse, Limerick, boarded nearby. Registered as Amanda Bry, Limerick is a 1991-model OTTB mare that Heidi has had since 1996. Heidi has a B.A. in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago and is a writer for a local laboratory. Heidi also has a blog at: http://deafequinefanatic.blogspot.com/