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03:44 min / Directed by: Janice L Blake

Janice L. Blake, Thoroughbred Race Horse Jockey and Author of How to Exercise a Thoroughbred Race Horse, describes taking a racing horse to the race track, exercising the horse, bringing her back and putting her in her stall.

Video shot by Steven Apostolo at Belmont Park, Elmont NY.


Horse Racing





Run Time

03:44 min minutes

Directed by

Janice L. Blake

Director's Statement

“What’s it like to be a jockey?” is the primary question driving Jockey Presentations. A jockey presentation is where each piece of jockey equipment is shown to a group. Interesting facts about how and why it is used, how it came about, and other fascinating details about the piece are explained. It is then passed around the room while more items continue to be demonstrated. You could say it is a Jockey Show and Tell!

As each article is being presented, the audience asks questions about the equipment which they are examining, or the piece that is currently being shown, and the discussion continues in this way. Near the end, the number of questions invariably needs to be limited as the discussion usually continues past the designated end point. There is much interest in horse racing, and horses, in general.

Director's Bio

At 9 years old, I met three horses while riding my bike. I introduced myself to the owners and began spending time with the horses and eventually taking care of them.

At age 13, I began working at a livery stable, taking out trail rides.

I bought “Iroquois” with my paper route money and put him to work as my lead horse in exchange for his board. I joined 4-H with him and The Pony Club.
4-H Clover Head, Health, Hands, Heart Janice L. Blake Iroquois 4-H Pony Club Eventing The Pony Club, Where it all Begins

I took lessons in eventing, and evented my next horse, Panache, an OTTB*, for 4 years. I studied dressage for 8 years before riding race horses. *OTTB is short for an Off-Track Thoroughbred, aka, retired race horse.

Janice L. Blake and “Panache” in a dressage test at St. James Farm in Illinois.

Wanting to go to the track and ride race horses, I was actively discouraged by just about everyone, so I attended Purdue University on campus for 2 years studying Animal Husbandry and Biomechanics.

Taking a year off studying at Purdue and learning to exercise Thoroughbred race horses in the greater Chicagoland area was one of the most transformational experiences of my life.

I met Tom Poulin, a dressage teacher, and studied dressage that year as well.

Official selection

equus film festival - USA - 2015

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