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Racing's Future: Terra Turrin

Terra Turrin
Photo: Alannah Holloway


“Racing’s Future” is a new 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 Terra Turrin

Terra Turrin, 19, is a racing fan from California who has loved the sport since her dad took her to Santa Anita when she was six years old. She currently runs horse racing photography accounts on Instagram – @terrat_photography – and Twitter – @TerraT_Photography.

What got you interested in horse racing?

My dad! I've always loved horses, so he figured he would take me to the track. He said it was the biggest mistake he has done. He’s joking around, of course, because I never want to be too far from the track.

What do you love about horse racing?

Well, coming from a person who has loved horses her whole life, it's kind of hard to pinpoint one specific thing that I love about the sport. It's my happy place; when I'm having a bad day, the minute I set foot on the track, my mood changes.

How often do you go to the races?

I'm at Santa Anita Thursday through Sunday the majority of the time every week, so quite a bit.

What racetracks have you been to?

I've been to Santa Anita, Del Mar, Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos.

What is your favorite racetrack? Why?

Santa Anita is my favorite racetrack! Santa Anita will always be my favorite track because it's the first track I ever went to and it's just magnificent. It blows me away at times.

What are your favorite moments in your "horse racing life" thus far?

Meeting all of my favorite racehorses would be the best moments by far. Specifically I'll Have Another; he's the horse that truly got me into the sport.

Who is your favorite racehorse?

Beholder, without a doubt. She's such a sweetheart to be around, but when it comes race day she's a warrior.

If you could change something about the industry, what would you change?

I would improve the well-being of the horse. In my opinion the horse’s health is the most important thing. You have to listen to what the horse is trying to tell you.

What do you think is preventing horse racing from being a more popular sport?

Not enough young people. The sport needs younger generations to get involved in the sport so they can experience it and might take a liking to it, then one day bring their family to the track, and so on.

What do you think is the most common misconception about horse racing?

I think those who don't know anything about the sport always assume the horses are not well taken care of. I can assure you the horses are treated like royalty.

How would you convince someone who is not an avid follower of horse racing to begin following the sport?

I would bring them to the track with me and just let them get a glimpse of the sport and not force it on them to like the sport. If they like it, then that's great, but if not, that's okay, too.

What is one thing you aspire to personally accomplish someday in the horse racing industry?

To be a track photographer or an exercise rider and be able to say I made it!


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Terra you are an exceptional photographer. i appreciate all ypur work that you post. You would make a great track photographer. I'm hoping you get to work in the industry...we need you!
Yes in light of the newest info about the pharmacological abuse of animals TONS of young people are going to drop their cell phone addiction and flock to the races........Until the sport cleans itself up and has a cogent design on self promotion , it will continue to be eaten up by the cancerous casino monsters.
Terra is a very nice young lady and a great photographer!
Good luck Terra, continued success in whatever you choose to do. Love your pic, you got a good eye for the ponies. Glad to see your getting alot of exposure.
I thought Terra must be your pal, kaitlin. Happy birthday, Terra. I've been enjoying your photos of TBG's horses--from the Hollendorfer barn.
Terra is one of my best friends! so glad she got featured. :)
You have some wonderful photos, good luck
sometimes always, tamallios >> Enjoy Santa Anita, Terra, it's a treasure.
After todays occurances,you might want to delete one of the questions and answers from this interview. Good luck with your future plans.
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Mary Cage, a 21-year-old avid fan of horse racing, has been around horses all her life, having owned, shown, and judged them for as long as she can remember. She began writing her own horse racing blog, Past the Grandstand, in August 2011 and has since been published in America's Horse, American Racehorse and the Appaloosa Journal, as well as with the websites of The Blood-Horse and The Equine Chronicle. She has also had photos published with Paulick Report and Thoroughbred Daily News. In addition, she works as one of the social media coordinators for the Texas Thoroughbred Association.

In her personal horse experience, Mary has been around horses all her life and has won several Appaloosa National Champion and Reserve World Champion titles in the show ring. 

Mary has always aspired to have a career with horses and since her love for horse racing began, she has dreamed of pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred racing industry, possibly as a writer/photographer and marketing/communications specialist. She is currently attending the University of North Texas, where she is a journalism major with a concentration in advertising and a minor in marketing. With this blog, she hopes to show readers horse racing through the eyes of a young fan as she writes about assorted horse racing topics.

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