A Brief History of Black Champion Jockey Isaac Murphy
Born in 1861 to free black parents, Isaac Murphy became one of the greatest jockeys in America . . . and then white people squeezed him out of horse racing. Learn more about his story here.
A Quick List of Canine Sports for Your Dog
Wondering what your fur-pal might be able to compete in? Check out this curated, easy-to-understand list of dog sports in the United States. Each sport listed includes training expectations and physical requirements for both dogs and humans.
Pimlico Race Course, the Preakness Stakes, and Maryland Equestrian Culture
Every May, two weeks after "The Run for the Roses," the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, hosts the Preakness Stakes, which is the second leg of the prestigious Triple Crown.
Kentucky Derby History and Trivia
The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. This premier horse race culminates in two weeks of races, parties, and many other special events. Read on to expand your Kentucky Derby trivia knowledge.
Everything You Need to Know About Horseback Riding
We've all been there...you watched "National Velvet" or read "Black Beauty," and suddenly, you just have to take up horseback riding. If this is the case, don't rush out and saddle up a pony quite yet. Here's what you need to know first.
Mul-Chu-Tha All-Indian Rodeo: Riding, Roping, and Racing on the Res
A part of the annual Mul-Chu-Tha Fair, the people of the Akimel O'Odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) tribes welcome rodeo fans to the All-Indian rodeo in Sacaton. Community spirit meets rough stock!
Rosie Napravnik: The Best Female Jockey of All-Time
Rosie Napravnik is on a mission to rewrite the record books when it comes to the success of female riders. However, she also would love nothing more than to be considered the best jockey overall.
How to Stay Balanced While Horseback Riding at a Gallop
Learn exactly what a horse gallop is and how to stay balanced in a two-point position while riding. Do not attempt by yourself until you learn from a trained professional how to gallop on a horse.
John Francome: Champion Jockey, Author, and Racing Presenter
John Francome's love of horse racing started when he was six years old. From humble beginnings in a council house in Swindon, Wiltshire, he went on to become a seven-time champion jockey, best-selling author, and leading commentator and racing pundit.
Famous International Horse Racecourses From France, Germany, and Australia
France has some idyllic race courses, including Longchamp, the home of the lucrative Arc de Triomphe race, and Chantilly, which is 30 miles north of Paris. Germany boasts brilliant courses at Baden-Baden and Cologne, while Australia has more than 700 courses across the outback.
Famous Racehorse Owners: Queens, Knights, Duchesses, and More
Queen Elizabeth, grandmother of Prince William and Harry, is a passionate horse racing fan and owns a large number of horses. Sir Alex Ferguson also owns racehorses, as does striker and former David Beckham teammate Michael Owen.
10 Race Tracks Every Horse Racing Fan Should Visit
If you haven't been to a race track in person, then you're missing out on some of the greatness of the thoroughbred racing experience. Every horse racing fan should visit these ten great race tracks at least once in their life.