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Aborigines and the 'sport of kings' : indigenous jockeys in Australian racing history / John Maynard
Bib ID 6291312
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Maynard, John, 1954- author
 
Edition 3rd edition. 
Description Canberra, ACT : Aboriginal Studies Press, 2013 
©2013 
xi, 152 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9781922059543
Summary

Aborigines and the Sport of Kings celebrates the significant and exciting Aboriginal involvement in Australian racing history. A remarkable history considering that Australian Aboriginal peoples first contact with the European animals caused them bewilderment and terror because violent massacres and unprovoked vicious attacks were conducted from horseback. However, within a short period they adapted and shed their fears. Over time they caught horses and taught themselves to ride, using sheets of bark as makeshift saddles. Settler accounts record Aboriginal peoples uncanny affinity with horses; their excellence in caring for them and in riding. So, moving from the skilled workers who were the backbone of the Australian pastoral industries to racing horses was an obvious step. Amongst the many Aboriginal jockeys highlighted in the book are Merv Maynard, Norm Rose, Frank Reys, Richard Lawrence 'Darby' McCarthy and Leigh-Anne Goodwin, Australia's first female Aboriginal jockey to ride a winner at a metropolitan track. Coming from a proud Aboriginal family and a racing background, John Maynard knows first hand that there have always been more Aboriginal jockeys than is usually admitted.

Notes

"Revised edition"

Previous edition: Aboriginal stars of the turf : jockeys of Australian racing history / John Maynard, 2002.

Includes bibliographical references (page 147-149) and index.

Subjects Jockeys -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Biography.  |  Horse racing -- Australia -- History.  |  History - Biographies - Indigenous.  |  Sport - Horse racing.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Maynard, John, 1954- Aboriginal stars of the turf : jockeys of Australian racing history
Available From GPO Box 553 Canberra ACT 2601 

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