I Am Horse Racing: Carla Gaines


Born in Birmingham, Alabama, trainer Carla Gaines started out by riding and showing hunters and jumpers in competition as a teenager. After attending the University of Alabama, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in sociology and psychology, she worked as a youth counselor just outside of her hometown. She traveled west in the mid-90’s training for the sales and working as an exercise rider, and later as an assistant in Northern California before taking out her own license in 1988.

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