Feature: Equine Security Man, The Agency and Tradecraft of Don Ahrens
Don Ahrens (pictured left) designs a traffic pattern for one of his staff during the Sam Houston Race Park Quarter Horse Meet. As the Director of Security and Parking, he leads a team that is charged with keeping the public, the staff, and the animals, as safe as possible.
Don Ahrens pictured with celebrity and horsewoman Bo Derek at a recent Breeders’ Cup. He has worked the week-long event in “Equine Security” for almost 20 years.
As a TRPB agent for nearly 30 years, Ahrens carried this ID badge everywhere he went. His travels led him to serve at 40 racetracks across North America. Note the signature of President Paul Berube.
Ahrens with Lafitt Pincay in the late 1990s. He described the celebrated jockey as a “prince of a fellow.” Rider security and safety continues to be one of Ahrens’ primary objectives.
Ahrens in action … responding to an emergency at Sam Houston Race Park comes when you least expect it. Always at the “ready,” Ahrens sees security and safety as 2 fundamentally different areas of response.
Ahrens (back row, second from the right) with the 2013 “Equine Security Team” at Santa Anita. The handpicked team of security specialists work tirelessly to protect the Thoroughbreds that come to the Breeders’ Cup.
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