About the Author


About Charlene Barry

Charlene is a strong advocate for the use of off-track horses in second careers. With a diverse network of contacts both in and outside of the racing world, she offers a unique insight into the world of Harness Racing and the lives of Standardbreds both on and off the track. Drawing from her personal experience competing an off track horse, Charlene is able to bring a relatable perspective to the table and connect to both the horse racing and sport horse communities. Based out of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Charlene and her own off track Standardbred, West Point (Leo) compete regularly in the sport of Three-Day Eventing.

(His name is Marty. He’s a mini-aussie and the best horse show dog ever.)

About West Point (Leo)

Leo was bred in Cream Ridge, NJ by the well respected Perretti Farms. The sale topper at the 2003 Harrisburg sale, Leo sold for $160,000 USD as a yearling. However, after swapping owners a number of times and never finding the winners circle, it became clear that harness racing was not his forte. Leo was retired from racing to a new home by then trainer/owner Kelly Hoerdt. At this point in time Charlene was looking for a nice, quiet reliable trail horse and saw Leo’s ad posted online. Within an hour of meeting it was clear that Leo was the horse she was looking for.

Charlene and Leo now share an incredible bond and can be found regularly around Alberta competing in the sport of Eventing, and promoting both the Standardbred breed and horse racing industry.