Hooves pounding, earth shaking and thousands of fans urging their horse across the finish line. Heart pounding, I finally found my purpose, but can a normal 9 to 5 guy like myself ever experience the thrills of thoroughbred ownership?
The Derby dream begins
I moved to Louisville, Kentucky, from North Dakota in March 2017. I went to my first Kentucky Derby in May and fell in love with horse racing. Before long, I found myself spending several weekends at Churchill Downs watching the races and jealously admiring the horses in the paddock.
It didn’t take long for me to ask myself: How can I get into horse racing on a deeper level? Could I ever own a horse one day? Probably never, I decided. After all, this is the Sport of Kings, and I am certainly not wealthy. Yet, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head.
One day I talked to a friend who introduced me to horse ownership syndicates. If you’re not familiar, these syndicates offer regular people the opportunity to own a share of a racehorse for a fraction of the cost. I knew I needed to know more.
Everyday people can buy a racehorse
After some online research I learned that these syndicates offer several different ownership experiences. Would someone like me, working 9-5 for the man, be able to experience the thrills of racehorse ownership? Could I actually own a portion of a horse and experience the sport from the owner’s perspective? Could I even join my horse in the paddock and have my picture taken in the winner’s circle? To my surprise, the answer is YES!
I started Poor Horseman to document my journey into racehorse ownership. There’s only one problem: I do not own a racehorse. Join me in my journey from a new horse racing fan to part owner of a racehorse. Along the way, I will share everything I learn so you can decide if horse ownership is for you.