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Famous Female Jockeys

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Take a look at this extensive 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?"


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    Kayla Stra

    Kayla Stra (born 3 December 1984) is a jockey and television personality in Thoroughbred horse racing who began racing in Australia, until coming to compete in the United States at racetracks in California. She currently rides once again in Australia, after riding in the Northern California circuit. This was after a 2 year riding stint in the Southern California area. Stra is also known for her appearances on the reality television show Jockeys on Animal Planet. Kayla Stra was born in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, where she launched her career in horseracing prior to moving to California in Late 2007. From a very young age, Stra was interested in horses, having talked her parents...  more
    • Age: 36
    • Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
    • Profession: Jockey
    • Credits: Jockeys
  • Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY

    Emma-Jayne Wilson

    Emma-Jayne Wilson (born September 1, 1981) is a Sovereign and Eclipse Award-winning jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing. She began taking riding lessons at age nine, and after finishing high school in Brampton, she studied equine management at Kemptville College, part of the University of Guelph. In 2007 aboard Mike Fox, Wilson became the first woman to win North America's oldest and Canada's most important race, the Queen's Plate.On September 16, 2012, Wilson joined jockey Francine Villeneuve to become only the second Canadian woman to achieve the 1,000 career victories plateau, as she rode "D'wildcat Gold" to victory in the first race at Woodbine. Three days later by taking the fifth and...  more
    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Brampton, Canada
    • Profession: Jockey
  • Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    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 of 2012 as the winningest female Canadian jockey of all time and was the first Canadian woman to achieve the 1,000 wins milestone....  more
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Rosie Napravnik

    Anna Rose "Rosie" Napravnik (born February 9, 1988) is a former American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey and two-time winner of the Kentucky Oaks. Beginning her career in 2005, she was regularly ranked among the top jockeys in North America in both earnings and total races won. By 2014 she had been in the top 10 by earnings three years in a row and was the highest-ranked woman jockey in North America. In 2011, she won the Louisiana Derby for her first time and was ninth in the 2011 Kentucky Derby with the horse Pants on Fire. In 2012 she became the first woman rider to win the Kentucky Oaks, riding Believe You Can and then winning the race for a second time in 2014 on Untapable. She is...  more
    • Age: 33
    • Birthplace: Mendham Township, New Jersey
    • Profession: Jockey