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I can be described as lover of life, an animal lover, and lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. I've been around horses my entire life. I enjoy working with horses and their human partners through natural horsemanship philosophies, natural balance bare foot hoof care, reiki, red-light therapy, essential oils, aromatherapy, crystal healing, chromotherapy, flower essences, and more. I am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher who offers treatments for people, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small. I also teach Reiki classes for those interested in learning how to treat themselves, their loved ones, and even their animals! Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth. naturalhorseloverfarm.com

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Women and the Kentucky Derby!


Women have played a significant role in the Kentucky Derby. They have been jockeys, owners, trainers, grooms, and more! Many women spectators and even celebrities take part in this national event. Two particularly remarkable women enjoying 'firsts' in this race were Laska Durnell and Diane Crump.

Laska Durnell; 1904 Elwood: The first woman to start a horse in, and win the Kentucky Derby, she did not tell her trainer/husband, Charles, that she had nominated Elwood to the Derby.

Diane Crump (1970 Fathom, 15th): First woman to ride in the Derby and ride in a pari-mutuel race in North America - Hialeah Park, February 1969 at 19. She has entered training, and rides for her own stable.

Online, there is a group called "The Female on the Horse" that celebrates female jockeys, past and present. They are also on My Space and Facebook. From their "about us" page:

We decided to make a website dedicated to female jockeys because we both feel that female jockeys are under appreciated in the sport of horse racing. In our opinion, we both feel, they do not get the credit they deserve. We have both searched the Internet and we have found that most sites that involve horse racing and/or jockeys contain little or no information on female jockeys. Well with the creation of our website, that is about to change.

On our site you will find interview with retired girl jockeys, girls just starting out and girls that have been riding for years. We have interviews with riders from all over the world. From the east coast to the west coast and even some from overseas! You will read about them growing up and how they became jockeys. You will read about their triumphs and tragedies and everything else in between.

So, if you plan to bet on the Kentucky Derby, you can bet that women have had a significant impact on this year's race!

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