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.
Posted Tuesday, December 24, 2013
To commemorate the close of 2013, Heidi Carpenter has chosen 24 of her favorite photographs from another great season of racing.
Posted Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Two-time Eclipse Award and Breeder’s Cup Distaff winner Royal Delta has been retired from racing as of today, per her connections. Presented is a photographic tribute to the great mare.

 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/