Patricia McQueen spent nearly 40 years photographing Thoroughbreds, traveling North America to cover important annual horse racing events and visit with retired stars at breeding farms.
For more than 20 years, Patricia’s photos were featured in the pages of Thoroughbred Times, an international racing industry weekly. She has also been published in several other magazines, including BloodHorse, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, Thoroughbred Record, The Horse of Delaware Valley, California Thoroughbred, The Florida Horse, American Racehorse, The Horsemen’s Journal, and Racing Action. She was honored with a Photojournalism Award by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association, and received an Eclipse Award Honorable Mention in Photography.
Beyond horse racing, she has ventured into other photographic endeavors, highlighted by expeditions to Antarctica and Svalbard. She is spending most photography time these days pursuing other passions while exploring wildlife and scenery across the country. There’s nothing like the feeling of being there at the right moment to capture the unpredictable nature of wildlife, or of perfectly timing the light to capture a beautiful scene.
She is also an award-winning journalist, often expertly combining photography with journalism. Patricia has completed a book about Secretariat as a sire; Secretariat's Legacy was published in March 2023. Stories of many horses included in the book are appearing on the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary website under the “Children of Secretariat” banner.
In other subject matter, Patricia is the editor and primary writer for Insights, the official publication of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. Previously, she wrote on the business of horse racing and gaming. She earned the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling’s Media Award, and is a recipient of the John K. Goodman Alumni Award from the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP). She received her MBA in marketing at the U of A while participating in the RTIP. She also has a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of California, Riverside.
Generous with her time, Patricia often provides photos and services for charities, and her Secretariat-themed calendar series has raised more than $32,000 – and counting – for equine charities.
She has an enormous collection of stock photographs of top Thoroughbreds as far back as the 1970s; most are available for purchase on request, as are other photographs included on this website. Based in Massachusetts, she travels as needed and is also available to create custom images.
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