By the time I was a preteen girl and completely hooked on reading the Thoroughbred Series, I was already too tall to be a jockey. So I take my thoroughbreds over jumps instead. But I’ve always loved these horses more than anything, and they are especially awesome when they are their element.
The closest I’ve come to being a jockey is galloping an ex-stakes-winning-racehorse across a hay field. That, and riding an Equicizer in a racing saddle with crazy short stirrups (I could barely walk for the next few days). I’ve learned a bit about the crazy athleticism and lifestyle of a jockey through books like Secretariat and Seabiscuit and through my friend Frankie who was a real-life jockey for many years.
As Frankie coached me through my racing position on the back of his Equicizer, he told me about the jockey education he offers through Jockey Camp. So often, young jockeys are thrown up on the backs of these thousand-plus pound animals running over 30 miles an hour, which zero coaching. And sometimes the simplest things, like learning to change your goggles mid-flight, can make all the difference in the world.
Jockey Camp 2010
Frankie’s annual Jockey Bootcamp is right around the corner on July 30-August 1 in Norwalk, Ohio. Frankie is all about teaching those considering riding racehorses as a career how to get into the industry and how to be safe and effective.
I have always had a passion to help others with their journey and dreams of becoming a jockey. I know what it’s like to want this dream to become a jockey so badly with the passion and drive but I also know how hard it is to find the right information or any information for that matter when you are trying to get started. I do not encourage anyone to become a jockey, but instead educate them with the realities of the dangers and skills need to ride as safely as possible. Also I give an inside look of the skills and thoughts of all my experiences as a jockey for 25 years. For the students, if this dream is real, I can help them achieve it!
Watch Frankie tell us all about jockey camp and see some clips from last year’s event
What You’ll Learn at Jockey Boot Camp
Just about everything you can think of is covered in this weekend workshop. Here are a few topics that I think look super cool:
- getting started riding race horses
- learning your race track
- a day in the life of a jockey
- finding a job on a horse farm or training center
- form, balance, and position,
- how to ride when a horse acts up
- studying a race before you ride it
- race riding tips
Attend the 2010 Jockey Camp
Here’s the quick rundown on Jockey Camp details
When: July 30-August 1
Where: 819 Dublin Road, Norwalk, Ohio 44857
Cost: $400 for participants, $200 for observers
There are still a few spaces left, so contact Frankie right now if you are interested!