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Kelly Spencer's Blog


About Me

Published: September 2, 2008 10:11 pm ET

Last Comment: September 4, 2008 8:45 pm ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Welcome to Colour Outside The Lines on Trot Blogs.

My name is Kelly Spencer. If I were a racehorse (or in a gang) my name would be KSPENCE (kay-spence). Don’t kid yourelf – every happy little harness dork has their own horse name ready for the next life …

I’m the Marketing & Communications Mgr. and host of the Tarmac Show at Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON.

I also own & operate Iron Horse Photo Inc., which specializes in equine imagery, serving as the track photographer at four Ontario racetracks. I also write on a freelance basis for various trade publications.

Apparently, I was a Russian circus performer in a past life, and met a ghastly death at the hooves of my circus steed. I suppose this explains my complete lack of horsemanship in this life.

Most people on the front lines of the racing industry have an innate understanding of horses. You’ve seen it a zillion times: that truly wondrous, unspoken connection, evident in all extraordinary achievements and every mundane moment of the horse’s everyday routine. Horse and horseperson: they just get each other. Like an old, married couple: Natural. Comfortable. Intuitive. They pass gas in front of one another and neither one blinks. A beautiful thing, indeed.

I love to observe, photograph and promote that connection, but I don’t share it. I think horsemanship is a gift - like the ability to sing opera, play pro sports or wear high heels. Either you’ve got it, or you don’t. And I, uh, don’t.

So, Colour Outside The Lines is a blog about harness racing, by someone who couldn’t harness a horse if her life depended on it. Luckily, that’s not a prerequisite for understanding, respecting, or loving it.

September 4, 2008 - 8:45 pmWell Kelly there are many

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Well Kelly there are many who fit your description of horsepeople and many more who don't and THINK they do! You are not alone.

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