English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|Dear Mr. McCoy,
Your work interested me and my school and I, Justin McCann, would like to ask you if you would come
to my school, Catholic Memorial to talk about your life as a jockey and an author. It must be pretty
fun racing horses for a living. I wouldn’t know because I haven’t ridden a horse in my life but, I
bet I would like it. So, I would be delighted if you would come and maybe read a couple of chapters
from your book McCoy: The Autobiography and maybe talk a little about your life.
As a sports fanatic I thought it would be interesting to write to an author who is also a jockey.
That must have been really the only thing you could do because you lived in a small town, like your
hometown Moneyglass in Northern Ireland, and near a lot of a horses. It is amazing how many times
you have been a champion jockey and how you have even broken a couple of records. It’s kind of
different here with not a lot of horse racing and a whole lot of football and baseball but it would
be interesting and informative to learn about horse racing.
Your autobiography seems like it would inspire any person to take up horse riding. It’s amazing how
you have come to be a champion horse racer. It must have been tough to get to be who you are now.
You must have beat all the odds and proved everyone wrong when you did that. What’s more amazing is
that you did it while you missed school regularly and just lived out the dream.
I picked a little quote out of your book that I liked because this quote just drew me in. “I missed
school regularly but my passion for horses just made everything else look pointless.” That quote was
amazing and just got a feel of how dedicated you were to horses. So, I would just like you to read a
couple of chapters from your book to give not just me, but my class, a reaction to your book and no
one could tell your life better than you. Plus, it would be easier for you to tell it and not anyone
I hope you come to my school but, if you don’t that’s okay because I know you must be very busy and
I would really appreciate it if you came to my school. So, I wish you the best of luck and I hope to
see you soon.
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