Chasing Her Dream: Retired INS Agent Pursues Lifelong Dream Of Becoming A Jockey

by | 09.12.2017 | 11:19am
Aspiring jockeys at the North American Racing Academy work out on equicizers (Photo David Stephenson)

Stefanie Vetter has loved horses since she was a child, and she had always dreamed of becoming a jockey. Her career path did not take her anywhere near a racing oval, however.

Instead, Vetter went to work for the federal government, retiring two years ago from her job as a special agent for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Now at the age of 52, she is finally pursuing her ‘racing' dream.

In a recent feature for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Maryjean Wall profiles Vetter, who – along with her two children and two horses – made the long journey from Anchorage, Alaska, to Lexington, Ky., where she enrolled in the North American Racing Academy. She is now in her final semester of the two-year course offered on how to become a jockey.

“Even after a year I say, ‘I'm actually here. I can't believe this,'” Vetter told the Herald-Leader. “There are times I ask myself, ‘Am I being foolish?' My family says, ‘Don't you quit. You keep doing this.'”

Read more in the Lexington Herald-Leader

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