On Tuesdays in August 2016, thoroughbred racehorse trainer Gary Contessa presented clinics on different aspects of horse racing.
I attended his recent talk at his barn on the Oklahoma Training Track backstretch on Horse Psychology. A rapt audience soaked up his stories about figuring out what makes a particular racehorse tick, let alone how to deal with what ticks off the horse.
Although Gary is an animated storyteller with many experiences to share, Someone Else stole the show. I don’t think Gary minded being upstaged.
A new two-year-old in Contessa’s barn meets fans. Photo by Rhonda Lane