True equality is hard to find. It is an elusive ideal that exists in theory, but one that real life seems to continually find hurdles to prevent. However, horses give us the only sport where men and women compete on a truly equal basis. In both racing and equestrian, riders are deemed competitive equals. There is no ‘weight allowance’ for being a female jockey. And the numbers are now well on their way to being equal too. This season, the number of female apprentice jockeys has tipped over the 50% mark. According to RISA, there are 289 apprentice jockeys in Australia, of which 150 (52%) are female.
Published in Breeding & Racing in 2014. Read it here.