Tim Tetrick goes back to school
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"I lived in Chicago for eight or nine years," Tetrick said, adding with a laugh, "I remember showing up in Chicago with my cowboy boots and belt buckle and when I left I had regular clothes on.
"When I first moved to the East Coast and I was racing at Yonkers and New York City, it was kind of the bright lights. It kind of scared me. But I've been able to fit in wherever I go. People are what you take from them. Everybody has good moments. I'm easy-going."
Allentown High School is home to one of the nation's top FFA programs. The group's current president, Joanna Ricci, also comes from a family involved with Standardbred breeding and racing. She presented Tetrick with an FFA T-shirt at the conclusion of his talk.
Prior to Tetrick speaking, the students watched a video detailing some of Tetrick's numerous accomplishments on the racetrack. The 35-year-old Tetrick has already driven the winners of $178 million in purses, good for fifth most in harness racing history, and won 9,647 races, which is 15th best all time in North America.
"I've gotten to travel to Sweden, Australia, New Zealand with these horses," said Tetrick, a four-time Driver of the Year Award winner. "It all starts with agriculture, whatever field you're in. I caught on with the Standardbred business because of my family and FFA and it's been very good to me. I've been very, very fortunate." (HRC)