Ruth Scherer takes a break between galloping horses Oct. 2 at Mount Pleasant Meadows. Scherer spends every Tuesday-Friday morning galloping and exercising more than a dozen horses to prepare them for weekend races. "It's almost addicting, I love waking up early and seeing the horses, it's calm and relaxing out here," Scherer said. Once a world-class equestrian show jumper for more than 15 years, Scherer is now pursuing a path as a jockey. "I won awards and rode some of the best show horses in the world," she said. "For me, it was easy, I was a super star at that. Now it's like starting over, it's night and day."