What is it like to be a female jockey?

Have you ever seen a horse race? Have you noticed that there are few female jockeys? Female jockeys aren't given the chance to prove themselves worthy to race. Women are considered outsiders within the racing idea. If men are able to race then why aren't women? Women can be just as victorious as men so why not give them a chance. Female jockeys get so much hate by the trainers and male jockeys, but the audience likes seeing women riding.  It shows women and girls around the world to never give up on their dreams, even if its a big dream.

Female jockeys haven't ever gotten a chance to show everyone how good they can be at racing. The successful women that have raced should encourage other riders to take a chance and race. Katie Walsh is one of the few female jockeys that was a success. She finished 3rd place in the Grand National and was also the highest placed female rider in the history of the event. Surprisingly, when you consider women are lighter than men, it makes it look like an advantage to race. Walsh, an Irish racing dynasty, disagrees. She says that when it comes to national hunt races with obstacles and jumps, such as the Gold Cup and the National, she says there are no advantages to being a female. "I'm just not as strong as lads, that's the way it is," she says. There are some signs of improvement for female jockeys in general. Alison Lidderdale says the field was dominated by lots of male jockeys coming over from Ireland, serving apprenticeships, but now, "the British Racing School brings on far more young women and men than ever before." "There are great things women can do at race school," says Walsh.

Racing has been going on for a very long time now. Since 1814, 5 races for 3 year olds have been called "classics." In 1993, Julie Krone became the first female jockey to win a triple crown when she won the Belmont Stakes. The horse she was riding, Colonial Affair, helped Julie get her title as the first woman to win an majar race. In 2000, she became the first woman to be in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. She continued to be a success by being the first woman to win a Breeders' Cup race. There are few very successful female jockeys, but when they succeeded , it was a memorable win.

Horse racing isn't just running around a track; it's more than that to jockeys. It shows people who worked and trained hard to get to where they were. Ever since the Belmont Stakes race of 1993, women have continued to fight for the right to race. If women can be just as successful as men, then why can't women have a chance to prove themselves worthy?


"Will Katie Walsh's success encourage more female jockeys?" The Guardian. Amy Fleming. 16 April 2012 EDT  http://www.theguardian.com/sport/the-womens-blog-w... I used this website because it showed me how women have struggled to become female jockeys. It shows what they went through to get to where they are now. I found the exact information I needed easily. I also found the different generations of families that were in the racing business.

Julie Krone. Kaitlyn and Anthony. 2001  http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/womenenc/krone.htm I found this website especially good to use because it showed me what it was like from a wimans perspective. This woman, Julie Krone, has fought very hard to get to where she is today. She trained very hard and got a lot of hate from men, but she kept going. All of her hard a work off when she won the Belmont Stakes in 1993. She also became the first woman to win a Triple Crown race. She worked so hard to be where she is now and became very successful.

Colonial Affair- Belmont Stakes (Julie Krone up). YouTube  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m4yEtETrCVI This video shows Julie Krone winning the Belmont Stakes race. It showed her true dedication to win the race. She was towards the front but kind of in the middle in the beginning and towards the end, Colonial Affair took off in the straight away and win the entire race. It showed how hard she had to work to win and who she was up against in the race.

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2 years ago

I've never seen a horse race, let alone a female jockey.