Kym Valene, Former Jockey
As a child, Kym Valene grew up between Southern California and Tennessee and discovered her love of horses while living on a ranch. The daughter of a polo player, Valene also found interest in the sport and in riding. As an undergraduate, she enrolled at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California, where she studied Animal Science and Agriculture. In 1987, Valene began her 16-year-long career as a jockey. Additionally, she spent some time as regional sales manager for Equine Pharmaceutical Sales for BurnsAdler Pharmaceuticals Inc. Today, Ms. Valene lives in New Orleans with her dog Dane where she renovates houses.