I work as an attorney in my own small firm. But love horses. So, in addition to practicing law, I train thoroughbreds for racing. Prior to training, I competed as an amatuer jockey and was selected to represent the United States in World Cup races. That was an invaluable experience because not only did I work very hard to reach the pinnacle of a sport, but I was also able to see and meet people in many different countries. The experiences I had being a jockey, especially overseas, were invaluable. I also worked in England riding horses and rode in some races there. I hope everyone has similar opportunities as I think hard work, sports, and travel are great educators.
Unfortunately amateur jockeys don't get paid. Hence, the law thing. Fortunately law is an incredible education: I'm good at getting out of traffic citations and other similar prickly situations, and I get to tell people "This is what I would do if it were me." See? Fortunately, as a trainer, I ride horses for exercise purposes. It is really nice riding in the mornings before or during sunrise. I tried to make training my sole career, but, while paying somewhat more than the nill paid to amateur jockeys, training doesn't pay enough. So, I recently rededicated myself to my law practice. With a lot of exhausting work, that has gone fairly well. But I am essentially coming to realizing that it's best for me to relax a bit, and experience new things. I think constant learning is important, and making changes is critical. Perhaps one could call it self evolution. I'm certain someone has already coined that phrase, but if not, do I get credit? To that end I recently purchased an old cottage in a wonderful community on the Severn River near Annapolis. It's so nice and friendly there and it's quite the nature conservatory. Think: stable area at Saratoga Race Course meets Dirty Dancing. I also am trying to avoid office and equine work one day each week as the seven day thing is overdoing it a bit.
I like playing with my dog (Moxey - a beagle). I recently got him a compression blanket because he gets separation anxiety when I leave him home...because he loves me. Previously I had tried a cat as a remedy. That didn't work so well, but now I have Mrs. Kitty - a calico that was born at the racetrack. She purrs a lot...because she loves me too. I'll do anything for the most part; except I'm definitely not jumping out of an airplane, or at least a plane that is airborne. Lately my favorite thing is sitting on the porch at my cottage and reading the NYTimes Sunday edition...actual papyrus print version, of course.