Patrick Sliney moves chicken coops with his tractor before feeding the chickens during early morning farm work. Patrick moved to Paris from California in 1990, around his daughter's birth, to pursue a dream of horse farming. The move allowed him to work with horses directly and leave the managerial work he'd been doing for years prior. "The horses raised right in this area win the best races all over the world," Patrick says. "All over. Japan, Saudi Arabia, England, Ireland, South America. That's why [I moved here]."
Patrick chats with his friend and neighbor, Mike Freeney, about Mike's travels in the Middle East during his work in the oil industry. Mike and Patrick met in a now-closed country store that formerly hosted many of the community's farmers for breakfast each day.
Patrick brushes the coat of the horse Larissa's Love at his farm in Paris. Patrick does not own any horses but cares for racehorses from other owners and trainers. Larissa's Love has raced at multiple tracks, including Churchill Downs and Arlington Park.
A horse looks for food in Patrick's hand as he guides them out of a field. Patrick cares for the horses alongside his chickens and a field of monarch butterflies.
Patrick watches his daughter, Erin, perform during Beer and Hymns at Rose & Thorne Pub. Erin, an aspiring musician, played shows at various venues weekly.
Patrick says goodbye and jokes with his housekeeper, Anita Fugate, before leaving to feed chickens. Anita has periodically visited Patrick to clean his home since Patrick began living alone.
Patrick talks to his dog, Blue Dog while putting Blue Dog's daily eye drops in. Blue Dog was named for his formerly blue eyes, now red and clouded, with "Dog" appended by Patrick's young daughter.
Patrick searches his fridge for orange juice in the company of Blue Dog before beginning his morning farm work. A drink and care for Blue Dog are a part of Patrick's daily routine each day.
The sun rises behind Patrick's home as he prepares for a day of farm work.
Patrick watches the sunset with a glass of wine on his porch in the company of his dogs, Blue Dog and Rosie. Patrick frequently sits at the same table outside at the beginning and end of each day.