Underprivileged kids will have a fantastic opportunity this summer to learn about horse racing from retired Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, who is eager to introduce to the sport to a new audience with a creative endeavor.
Krone, in association with Long Shadows Charitable Foundation, will play host this summer to the first annual Julie Krone Junior Jockey Camp the week of July 22-26 at Long Shadows Farm in Cambridge, N.Y.
Designed for ages 12-17, the Junior Jockey Camp will provide campers with an exciting and informative window into the world of Thoroughbreds. Horsemanship, horse health and safety, and horse racing will all be part of the camp curriculum led by Krone, who will serve as the head camp instructor.
Krone is a winner of 3,704 races, and will be joined by Tabitha Morgan, Long Shadows Farm manager.
“I am proud and excited to launch our Junior Jockey Camp,” said Krone, the first woman to be inducted into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame in nearby Saratoga Springs, N.Y. “It will be so rewarding to share my experiences with a motivated group of young campers at the beautiful Long Shadows facility. I can’t think of a better way for young people to learn about our beautiful sport, and perhaps go on to work at a farm, a training center, or even the racetrack.”
A limited number of campers will be selected from local communities based on financial need, and on the commitment and desire expressed in written essays that must be submitted with the camp application. The campers will be sponsored by business and private donations.
Krone retired in 2004 after a ground-breaking career of 22 years, during which she won riding titles at Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park, Monmouth Park, and Atlantic City. She was the first woman to ride the winner of a Breeders’ Cup championship race and the only woman to win a Triple Crown event, the 1993 Belmont Stakes aboard Colonial Affair.
Besides the Racing Hall of Fame, Krone was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, the Sports Hall of Fame in her native Michigan, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y. She was honored with an ESPY Award as 1993 Female Athlete of the Year and the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award by the National Women’s Sports Foundation.
Long Shadows Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating horses who have been abandoned, abused, neglected, or are no longer wanted or cared for by their owners.
Long Shadows Farm is a peaceful, horse-friendly sanctuary on 165 acres, equipped with an indoor arena, outdoor arena, horse barn, five miles of groomed trails, and grass pastures. The horses of Long Shadows also serve as partners in equine-assisted coaching programs for families, teens, and veterans.
For more information about the Julie Krone Junior Jockey Camp or to sponsor a student, visit www.juniorjockeycamp.com or contact either Julie Krone (760) 470-3442 or Tabitha Morgan (760) 889-6633.