"Right to Ride" Exhibit Kentucky Derby Museum


We welcome Jessica Whitehead of the Kentucky Derby Museum, Curator of Collections to discuss the Museum's "Right to Ride" Exhibit.
While women had been able to vote in the United States since the 19th Amendment of 1920, it wouldn’t be until some 50 years later when they would be able to pursue a career as a jockey. It was because of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing discrimination on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, that horse woman Kathy Kusner was able to win her right to obtain a licence to be a jockey.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the appearance as a jockey at the Kentucky Derby of another woman pioneer, Diane Crump, the Kentucky Derby Museum is hosting an interesting and important exhibition which is entitled “Right to Ride.”

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As a rider in my sixties, I believe that all can benefit from the secret of riding. I myself, raised with a British background, take inspiration from the Queen who continues to ride in her nineties. I believe that the same can be true for today’s youth. Riding can give them hope that they can overcome the challenges that they face and give them the confidence to become all that they can.  

I was moved by the calls I received after my interview with Libby Znaimer from women and men who told me their stories of their love of horses and riding. They told me how riding set them up to overcome their circumstances. Some came out of the Depression, some out of World War II... these riders did not let these experiences dampen their efforts to achieve a full and happy life and make a contribution to their respective communities. All mentioned that riding helped immeasurably in this. They believe that riding gave them the confidence in themselves and in their ability to do something ... to go after what they wanted their lives to be.

If you are interested in sharing your experiences of horses, whether of riding or not, in the past, or more recently, on my show on Zoomer Radio, please contact me at ByTheLoveOfHorses@redscarfequestrian.ca  Susan Jamieson

 

 

By The Love Of Horses is written by Doug Allen, a student of history at the University of Toronto, who believes in the need to be versed in country things. Doug’s father travelled extensively by horse on the Canadian prairies and his uncle as a small boy wept at the passing of a family horse. He is writing a novel set in Winnipeg, Canada exploring the nature of indigenous and non-indigenous relations and what it means to come home.


                    

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