Specially constructed panels flatten
your tummy and put curves in all
the right places, so you’ll look and
bring [1-year-old son] Carson to
the barn, and he loves the horses
On having a connection
with a horse:
Your job as a jockey is to be able
to adjust to different kinds of
horses and get to know their
idiosyncrasies. There are some
you have a huge connection with.
You get to the point where you can
predict what a horse might be like
by the way he moves or acts.
On her favorite horse:
My personal horse, Sugar! I
brought Sugar to New Orleans
[where she and Joe are based
in the winter] this winter after
eventing all fall. I missed eventing
so much and didn’t realize it until I
got back into competing.
I am currently pregnant with
our second child, so Sugar is leased
out to another rider.
On being a female jockey:
I don’t feel like I paved the way for
females in the industry. There will
always be the issue of sexism in
society, and certainly gender can
be an issue in racing—especially
for a jockey. After establishing that
I was capable, I was not lacking in
If you’re winning, you’re
winning, whether you’re male or
female. No matter your gender,
you have to figure out how to win
on the slow horses to get noticed,
opportunities. It’s not just difficult
for a female rider—it’s hard to be a
jockey at all. HI
Based in Lexington, Ky., SARAH E.
COLEMAN is the director of education
and development for New Vocations
Racehorse Adoption program.