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List of famous female jockeys, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female jockeys list contains the most prominent and top females known for being jockeys. You might also enjoy famous female house trainers and celebrities who own horses. There are thousand of females working as jockeys in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic jockeys have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a jockey then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list is made up of a variety of women jockeys, including Hayley Turner and Chantal Sutherland. Featuring popular women of horse racing, this list has it all. 

While this isn't a list of all female jockeys, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female jockeys?" and "Who are the best female jockeys?"

Clare Balding is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Jockeys
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Clare Balding is a 2013 Glamour Award winner of the presenter of the year. ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Kingsclere, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Profession: Journalist, Jockey, Presenter

Credits: A League of Their Own, Countryfile, The One Show, Famous and Fearless New Year Live, + more

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Chantal Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Jockeys
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Chantal Sutherland is a Canadian model, television personality and jockey in North American Thoroughbred horse racing. She is referred to as the Danica Patrick of horse racing. She is known for her appearances on the reality tv show, Jockeys on Animal Planet, as well as being the poster girl for the ...more

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Age: 41

Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Profession: Jockey

Credits: Jockeys

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Julie Krone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Jockeys
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Julie Krone

Julieann Louise "Julie" Krone, is a retired American jockey. In 1993, she became the first female jockey to win a Triple Crown race when she captured the Belmont Stakes aboard Colonial Affair. In 2000, she became the first woman inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. She has ...more

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Age: 53

Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Jockey

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Venetia Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Jockeys
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Venetia Williams

Venetia Williams is a British racehorse trainer specialising in National Hunt racing. She is based at stables at Aramstone in Herefordshire, England. She was an amateur National Hunt jockey until forced to retire after suffering a broken neck in 1988. She worked for racehorse trainers Martin Pipe ...more

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Age: 56

Nationality: United Kingdom

Profession: Jockey, Horse trainer

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Kayla Stra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Jockeys
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Kayla Stra is a jockey and television personality in Thoroughbred horse racing who raced in Australia until coming to compete in the United States at racetracks in California. She currently rides in the Northern California circuit after a 2 year stint in the Southern California area. She is also ...more

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Age: 32

Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Profession: Jockey

Credits: Jockeys

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Emma-Jayne Wilson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Jockeys
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Emma-Jayne Wilson

Emma-Jayne Wilson is a Sovereign and Eclipse Award-winning jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing. The daughter of a computer programmer and a corporate marketing executive, she began taking riding lessons as a girl of nine. After finishing high school in Brampton, she studied equine management at ...more

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Age: 35

Birthplace: Brampton, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Profession: Jockey

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Francine Villeneuve is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Jockeys
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Francine Villeneuve

Francine Villeneuve is a retired Canadian thoroughbred jockey and racing pioneer. She is sometimes referred to by the nickname "The Queen of Fort Erie" because of a long affiliation with the border oval. With 1,001 victories and 3,065 combined wins, places and shows, she retired "for good" in April ...more

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Age: 52

Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Profession: Jockey

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Rosie Napravnik is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Jockeys
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Rosie Napravnik

Anna Rose "Rosie" Napravnik is an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey and two-time winner of the Kentucky Oaks. Since beginning her career in 2005, she has regularly been ranked among the top jockeys in North America in both earnings and total races won. As of 2013 she has been in the top 10 ...more

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Age: 27

Birthplace: Mendham Township, New Jersey, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Jockey

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