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Study: Female Jockeys' Performance Equal of Male Riders

Study: Female Jockeys' Performance Equal of Male RidersThe performance of female jockeys is equal with that of their male counterparts, suggests an English study carried out through the Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA at the University of Liverpool. Using detailed analysis techniques on data covering a 14-year period, the study suggests that, once the quality of the horses they are riding is factored in, the performance of female jockeys is essentially no better or worse than male jockeys.  
 
This data shines a light on the fact that only 11.3% of professional jockey licences are held by female jockeys, and only 5.2% of available rides were taken by female jockeys during the period of the study.
 
The study is written by Vanessa Cashmore, the work-based learning manager at the Northern Racing College and a recent graduate from the Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA. The MBA is run by the University of Liverpool with funding from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) and the Racing Foundation.
 
"This study strongly indicates that female jockeys are every bit as good as their male counterparts," Cashmore said. "I hope it helps to provide more opportunities for female jockeys, and also encourages more women to further their careers as race riders."
 

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