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
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
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
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
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!