Over half a century after women jockeys forced open the starting gate, what have we learned? Where are we now? Where do we go from here? What are the parallels to what women are fighting for today?
Recently, StreamHorseTV Director of Content Natalie Mayrath had the honor to sit down for a wonderful conversation with Diane Crump, and her biographer Mark Shrager, to hear the perspective from racing’s first female rider on the unshakeable faith that guided her through the front pages and front lines.
Diane Crump is the owner of many “firsts” for women in horse racing. She was the first female jockey in a recognized race, first to ride — and finish in the money — in a stakes race, first to win a stakes race, and the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby in 1970.
Of these historic achievements, Crump herself will tell you matter-of-factly that it was just the way things happened according to God’s plan, while doing what she loved.
However, between the lines of that comment lies a hard-fought battle by Crump and her peers to break through the wall forged by members of racing’s old boys’ club, on their way to becoming America’s first female jockeys.
Watch the conversation and read more about Diane’s incredible journey as Queen for A Moment in The Sport of Kings here.
Stay tuned to StreamHorseTV for more with Diane Crump as part of our upcoming Trailblazing Horsewomen installments.
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Contact: Natalie Mayrath
StreamHorseTV Director Of Content