Some of the most prominent equestrians in the world are women. This regal sport requires elegance, maturity, and discipline. More and more women are showing, riding, and jumping – and women are the backbone of equestrian teams. Veterinarians, teams, coaches, and show women are the future of this rigorous sport.
Women in Equestrian Sport

“Why do you think the horse world is predominately female?”

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Horses in History: Olympic girl power

“When HN’s resident historian Lorraine Jackson started looking into the history of women in Olympic-level equestrian sport, she uncovered the incredible story of Lis Hartel.”

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Equestrian Industry Ponders Recent Harassment Issues

“Unfortunately, we still encounter these situations. Abingdon Foundation exists to support women pursuing their passions in non-traditional fields…without harassment, without judgment, and without barriers.”

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How These Millennials Disrupted The Equestrian Clothing Business

“After graduating college and moving to New York City to pursue careers in venture capital and documentary filmmaking, respectively, Andrea Hippeau Vogel and Dana Schwartz were determined not to quit their lifelong passion for horse riding.”

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Women's Professional Rodeo Association

“The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association was formed in 1948 when thirty-eight cowgirls came together in San Angelo, Texas to create an organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of women in the sport of rodeo. The earliest pioneers of the Girl’s Rodeo Association (GRA) were ropers, bronc riders, and barrel racers. They were fed up with a system which did not grant them competitive opportunities in the arena and, when it did, operated under unfair conditions. The GRA began with 74 original members with 60 approved contests and a total payout of $29,000. In 1981 the GRA changed its name to the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. It is the oldest women’s sports association in the country and the only one governed entirely by women.
Today, the fast-paced event of barrel racing dominates the activities of most WPRA members. WPRA barrel racers compete for millions of dollars each year, culminating in twelve circuit finals rodeos held throughout the country, the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo held in Oklahoma City, OK in April, and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo held in Las Vegas each December.”

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Gulf Coast Women's Equine Association

“It is an organization for women who are over the age of 21 years old and who are genuinely interested in horses.

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Female Participation in Equestrian Organizations

Down below are some statistics showcasing how well women have been doing in the equestrian field since 1994!

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Thoroughbred Women's Network

“The Thoroughbred Women’s Network (TWN), unites the enthusiasm and community of women who share a passion for racing by promoting their presence in the sport, via mentoring, events and relationships.

TWN will showcase and raise awareness of current successes and participation of women in the industry, encouraging others to get involved, achieve, and contribute to the future of the thoroughbred.”

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