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** Jockey **

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This article is about the sports occupation. For other meanings, see Jockey
A jockey riding in a hurdle race.

A *jockey* is someone who rides horses in horse racing or steeplechase
racing, primarily as a profession. The word also applies to camel riders in
camel racing.


· 1 Etymology
· 2 Physical characteristics
· 3 The role of the jockey
· 4 Racing colors
· 5 Awards
· 6 Risk factors
· 7 Women jockeys

· 7.1 Australia and New Zealand
· 7.2 United Kingdom and Ireland
· 7.3 United States and Canada

· 8 Robot jockeys
· 9 See also
· 10 References
· 11 External links


The word is by origin a diminutive of "jock", the Northern English or Scots
colloquial equivalent of the first name "John," which is also used
generically for "boy, or fellow" (compare "Jack", "Dick"), at least since
1529. A familiar instance of the use of the word as a name is in "Jockey of
Norfolk" in Shakespeare's /Richard III/. v. 3, 304.

In the 16th and 17th centuries the word was applied to horse-dealers,
postilions, itinerant minstrels and vagabonds, and thus frequently bore the
meaning of a cunning trickster, a "sharp", whence the verb /to jockey/, "to
outwit", or "to do" a person out of something. The current usage which
means a person who rides a horse in races was first seen in 1670.^[1]

Another possible origin is the Gaelic word /eachaidhe/, a "horseman",
(pronounced /yachey/ in late medieval times, with the /ch/ pronounced as in

*Physical characteristics[edit]*

Jockey being weighed post-race, holding equipment

Jockeys must be light to ride at the weights which


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